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Dreary Defeat

July 20 v. Detroit


How many Grinders did KW use today:
3
"Uribe was the bright spot on the day with 3 RBI. Iguchi and Widger added solo home runs to provide the rest of the offense."

Short Take:Sox lose first series of the season to a divisional opponent as Tigers take rubber game 8-6.

The Sox were playing catch-up all day, and stayed close to the Tigers until the fateful 9th inning in an 8-6 loss to Detroit. Freddy Garcia survived a 71-minute rain delay to pitch into the 9th inning, but was tagged with the loss despite a gritty effort. Garcia allowed 4 runs through 8 innings, and kept the Sox and their quiet bats in the game until that ugly 9th inning.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the first, when rookie Chris Shelton hit a two-run homer to give Detroit the early 2-0 lead. The Sox got one back in the bottom of the first off Tiger starter Nate Robertson, who pitched 7 innings for the win. Tadahito Iguchi delivered his 7th home run of the season to cut the margin to 2-1. The score would stay that way through the 4th inning, and in the bottom of the 4th the rains came. After the rain delay, the Tigers got back on the board in the 5th. After a 1-out walk to Brandon Inge, Carlos Guillen singled to center. Centerfielder Aaron Rowand fielded the ball cleanly, but double-clutched his throw to third to try and get Inge, who was sliding into the bag. The throw hit Inge on the back and bounced away from third baseman Pablo Ozuna, allowing Inge to score on the error. Garcia was able to get out of the inning without any further damage with the score 3-1 Detroit. In the Sox half of the 5th, Chris Widger attempted a sacrifice bunt with two men on and nobody out. Widger failed miserably, popping up the bunt which allowed Tiger catcher Ivan Rodriguez to throw out the lead runner, Jermaine Dye, at third. This most likely cost the Sox a run because the next batter, Juan Uribe, singled up the middle to score Rowand and make the score 3-2.

The Tigers got that run back in the 6th, courtesy of a wild pitch by Garcia. After a leadoff double by Rodriguez, Garcia retired the next two batters before uncorking the wild pitch to Nook Logan which allowed Rodriguez to score from third. Garcia eventually would retire Logan, but nevertheless the score was now 4-2. Widger partially atoned for his poor bunt with a solo home run in the 7th, pulling the Sox back to within one run at 4-3. The score would remain the same until the 9th.

In somewhat of a controvertial move, Garcia came out to start the 9th inning. The first batter, Omar Infante, homered off of Garcia to put the Tigers up 5-3. Garcia would allow a single to the next batter, Logan, before being relieved by Cliff Politte. Politte struck out the first batter he faced before allowing consecutive singles to Guillen and Shelton, which would score Logan to make the score 6-3. After a walk to Magglio Ordonez loaded the bases, Neal Cotts entered the game and he gave up a two-run single to Dmitri Young to give Detroit a 5-run lead. Cotts would retire the next two batters, but the damage had already been done. The never-say-die Sox did mount a three-run rally in the bottom half of the 9th off reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Paul Konerko and Carl Everett both walked to lead off the inning. Dye would move the runners over to second and third on a groundout, followed by an RBI groundout by Rowand that made the score 8-4. With men on second and third and two outs, Uribe singled to drive in two more runs, and the Sox were only down two. Joe Crede, who took over at third in the 9th after Ozuna was removed for a pinch hitter, singled to put the tying run on base. That was it for Farnsworth, and he was relieved by Craig Dingman. Dingman would retire Iguchi for the last out of the game.

The Sox don't get any time off as the World Champion Boston Red Sox come to town for a 4-game series at U.S. Cellular Field starting tomorrow. Mark Buehrle (11-3, 2.58) will look to put an end to this two-game losing streak against fellow All-Star Matt Clement (10-3, 4.21). Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT and will be carried on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Throwing error in top of 5th inning combined with failure to execute sacrifice in bottom of inning costly. Sox dug too big a hole for themselves to climb out of in disastrous 9th.


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Juan Uribe

2 for 4 with 3 RBI, kept the team's hopes alive in the 9th.

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