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Roughin' up the Tribe

July 15, at Cleveland

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Even those without a hit contribute tonight; Tadahito 0-4 but with a nice sac bunt, Frank 0-3 but walks twice and scores, and Everett 0-4 but keeps the first inning alive with some hustle."

Short Take:  Even with Pablo Ozuna and Chris Widger in starting lineup, Sox pound out 7 runs on 11 hits, plenty of support for Freddy Garcia, who dominates Indians for 6th win in a row.

While one-run wins are always nice, sometimes things are a little more fun when you put the game away in the first inning.  With Freddy Garcia on the mound, the Indians already faced a difficult task.  The tall righty hadn't lost since May 14, when he dropped a 9-6 decision to the Orioles.  His record fell to 3-3 and his ERA ballooned to 4.03 after that game.  Since, he's only allowed more than 4 earned runs in start just once and has won all six of his decisions in that span of 11 starts.  However, opposing Garcia was C.C. Sabathia, the big righty who's cocked hat had always been a thorn in the Sox's side.

Pablo Ozuna and Tadahito Iguchi opened the first for the Pale Hose with two easy outs.  However, back-to-back walks to Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko breathed new life into the inning, but Sabathia got Carl Everett to swing and miss on a breaking ball in the dirt for strike three...  The only problem for Cleveland being that catcher Victor Martinez also whiffed on the pitch, letting it roll all the way to the backstop.  By the time he got to the ball, Thomas and Konerko had advanced a base and Everett was hustling safely to first.  The Sox jumped on the opprounity.  Jermaine Dye then worked a walk to plate the Big Hurt and make it 1-0 Sox.  Aaron Rowand placed a single just in front of his counterpart, Grady Sizemore in centerfield to score a pair, and Chris Widger laced a single to right field to score Dye, and suddenly, an inning that was all but over had yielded 4 runs for Chicago

Freddy then went to work.  However, it took him about two innings to really find his groove.  In the first, he walked Coco Crisp and Victor Martinez before tossing a wild pitch to put a run just 90 feet away from home.  Casey Blake, however, went down swinging to end the threat.  In the second, Ronnie Belliard lead off with a double.  Ben Broussard walked before Jhonny Perralta singled to score Belliard and put the Tribe on the board.  A double play and strikeout ended the threat, and Freddy put it in cruise control from there.  He only allowed four more baserunners all game, all meaningless singles.  The best threat the Indians could muster came in the 7th, when Broussard lead off the inning with a single and moved to second one out later on a single by Aaron Boone.  However, Grady Sizemore grounded sharply to Tadahito Iguchi and the Sox got the 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.  In all, Freddy went 7 strong innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, and a run, while striking out 4.

With 4 runs in and an automatic starter and automatic bullpen, the game seemed already over.  Sabathia did, however, shut the Sox down pretty effectively after the first, but when Indian manager Eric Wedge was forced to go to his bullpen in the 6th, the offense went to work.  Chris Widger lead off with a single and moved to third on a single by Pablo Ozuna.  Ozuna then made an attempt at second, and Victor Martinez airmailed the throw to centerfield, allowing Widger to score and Ozuna to take third.  He would score on a suicide squeeze attempt that was perfectly laide down by Tadahito.  Two innings later, in the 8th, Aaron Rowand doubled to lead the game off and came around to score on an RBI single by Widger.  The three extra runs were more than enough support.  Neal Cotts and Luis Vizcaino each gave Guillen an innings of near flawless relief to put away the second game of this 4-game series.

The Sox and Indians will do it again Saturday afternoon.  Jake Westbrook will be on the mound for the Tribe, that much is for certain, but has Mark Buehrle going for the Sox, while Comcast Sports Net is saying that Jon Garland will be getting the nod.  I guess we'll just have to tune in to end the suspense.  Game time is 12:20 Central time and the game will be aired locally on Fox.

Ozzieball Update: 
4-run first inning thanks to hustle and a little good luck.  Sox are given a golden opprotunity and they make the most of it.  Also, Tadahito Iguchi... What a bunt.  Squares around and literally had to jump back a step to put the bat on the ball to make sure the charging Ozuna could score.

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