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Losing Ugly

July 21, vs. Boston

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Even though his defense was less than spectacular, Mark was out there battling all game lone. Scott Podsednik swipes #49 and Aaron Rowand stays hot at the plate."

Short Take: Poor defense #1 culprit in Sox's 6-5 loss in series openers against Boston.

On Thursday, the White Sox welcomed the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox to the South Side. Let that sink in for a moment. First off, if you notice a little dust, it's because that sentence hasn't been used since Thursday, August 14, 1919 when the White Sox and Red Sox squared off for a game in Comiskey Park. Secondly, thanks to the wonders of Bud Selig's unbalanced schedule, two charter members of the American League have not met all year until now, the last week of July. In 1919, the Pale Hose and Carmines had already met in 4 series and played 14 games. Oh, and if you're wondering, on that August afternoon, the Red Sox (who were buried in 6th place in the 8-team league at the time), crushed the first-place White Sox, 16-5. Maybe the Sox just don't play well against Boston in series openers on Thursdays when the Red Sox are defending champions... But most statheads would point out the small sample size by now.

Moving ahead some 86 years in the space-time continuum, tonight featured a pair of All-Stars as Matt Clement and Mark Buehrle dueled under the lights at the Cell. The Sox quickly staked their ace lefty to a lead when Carl Everett homered and scored Scott Podsednik. In the second, however, the Red Sox knocked a run off the deficit, as Bill Mueller scored Jason Varitek on a double to left field. It could have been much worse, however, as Trot Nixon stood at third with only an out in the inning, before Buehrle put away Tony Graffanino and Johnny Damon to end the frame and keep the Sox in the lead.

After a few 1-2-3 innings and a few wasted opprotunities, the White Sox added some cushion to their lead. In the fourth, Paul Konerko homered to lead off the inning, and following a ground out by A.J. Pierzynski, Aaron Rowand homered. It was suddenly 4-1 and things were looking good. Though, that calm may have come just a bit too soon. Damon and Edgar Renteria led off the Boston half of the 5th with back-to-back doubles. David Ortiz then singled and before recording an out, the Red Sox had plated a pair of runs and it was again a 1-run contest.

The wheels really came off the usually sound White Sox in the 7th. Johnny Damon lead off the inning with an infield single and Edgar Renteria drew a walk. David Ortiz then hit a hard grounder to second that bounced off Tadahito Iguchi's glove. Damon would come around home, and Iguchi's throw to the plate would sail from Pierzynski, allowing Renteria and Ortiz into third and second respectively. After an intentional walk was issued to Manny Ramirez, Cliff Politte came in to minimize the damage. Let's just say he pitched magnificently. With the bases loaded and one of the most feared lineups in the American League up, Politte struck out team captain Jason Varitek. He did allow a sacrifice fly to Kevin Millar that did score Renteria, but the sound defense returned, if only for a minute, as Ortiz was gunned down attempting to move into third. The damage had been done, though, as the Red Sox had grabbed a 5-4 lead.

In the 8th, with the score the same, Joe Crede hit a 2-out double off Mike Timlin to score Aaron Rowand and knot the score at 5. Unfortunately, Crede would quickly become the goat. With Manny Ramirez at the plate, the usually defensively flawless Crede misplayed a foul pop up, allowing the at bat to continue. One pitch later, Man-Ram homered to left field to put Boston back up, 6-5. Even with the top of the Sox's order batting in the 9th, they could do no more damage against Timlin. In all, the Sox must have been giving Boston a belated "Congratulations on the World Championship," present in the form of an ugly, ugly 6-5 loss.

The loss coupled with Minnesota's romp in Detroit means that the Sox's lead in the division is cut to 10 games. The series with Boston continues tomorrow when knuckleballer Tim Wakefield goes up against 14-game winner Jon Garland. The game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net and game time is 7:05 P.M. Central time.

Ozzieball Update:
All but one run scored off the home run, and Boston's last 3 runs come directly as a result of errors in the field. Let's just say Ozzieball not 100% in effect tonight.

submitted by doublem23.

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Aaron Rowand

3-4 with a double, homer, and scored the then game-tying run in the 8th. At least he played 1 part of the game rigt tonight (more than can be said about the rest of the team).

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