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A.J. KO's the O's

July 30, at Baltimore


How many Grinders did KW use today:
5
"Tadahito Iguchi has found the stroke! 3-4, 2 R, 2 BI night raised average to .283. Take away Aaron Rowand's 0-4 egg tonight, and the lower 5 in the order; A.J., Jermaine, Joe, and Juan, combine for 9 hits and 6 runs scored and batted in."

Short Take: Pair of 8th inning homers from A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye cap rally as Sox beat Baltimore, 9-6.

If there's been one sore spot for the Sox since the All-Star Break, it's probably been the offense, which as looked inconsistent and sputtering. On Saturday, however, that offense answered the call when needed, rallying twice to defeat the Orioles, 9-6 at Camden Yards.

The Sox did get on the board first. In the second, A.J. Pierzynski doubled to right field for the first hit of the game. Jermaine Dye wasted no time, singling home the run and putting the Sox up 1-0. Two batters later, Joe Crede lined a rocket back up the middle that drilled Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera in the hand. He had to leave the game, and for a team that was already short on pitching, it seemed as if the Sox would be able to blow things wide open. Jason Grimsley relieved Cabrera and gave up a triple to Tadahito Iguchi with one out in the 3rd. Iguchi would score later on a sacrifice fly from Carl Everett, but after that, Grimsley really settled down and got into a grove.

As for Jose Contreras, after slicing through the first 6 batters he faced, he ran into a wall in the 3rd. Jay Gibbons lead off the inning with an infield single and moved into second on a single by Sal Fasano. Jose then walked David Newhan and suddenly, the Birds had loaded the bases with no out. After back-to-back doubles by Brian Roberts and Eric Byrnes and a wild pitch (just for good measure) and suddenly a 2-run lead had turned into a 2-run deficit. If there was a bright spot to the third, it would have to be Jose Contreras's pick-off of Eric Byrnes at second. Still, after the frame Baltimore now lead 4-2.

The Sox, however, responded in 5th against reliever Bruce Chen. Crede homered to lead off the frame and pull the Pale Hose to within 1. Juan Uribe doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Scott Podsednik. Tadahito Iguchi's single up the middle scored Uribe and pulled the Sox even with the Birds at 4. Contreras, however, again got himself into trouble with walks. When he issued a free pass to Miguel Tejada to start the 6th inning, it was an omen of bad things to come. Moments later, Rafeal Palmiero added to both sides of the 3,000-500 club with a 2-run bomb that put Baltimore back on top. Jose finished the inning, allowing 6 earned runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings of work.

The offense though, after being bailed out by its pitching staff all year, returned the favor on Saturday. After an effective inning of relief by Neal Cotts, the offense went to work against Chris Ray. Tadahito Iguchi drew a walk to lead off the inning and moved into third on a 1-out single by Paul Konerko. Down by 2 with 1 out, manager Ozzie Guillen ran Ross Gload for Konerko; he did, after all, represent the winning run with the team down to its last 5 outs. But A.J. Pierzynski made sure that what drama could have unfolded went by the wayside as he connected for his 15th home run of the season and put the Sox up 7-6 on the night. Only a few pitches later, Jermaine Dye took Ray deep as well, putting the Sox up by 2. Though Baltimore was able to put together a very minor rally in the 8th against Bobby Jenks and Damaso Marte, they couldn't score another run and Tadahito Iguchi gave the Sox a big insurance run in the top of the 9th, singling home Juan Uribe to put the White Sox up 9-6. A lead-off single was all the O's could muster against Dustin Hermanson in the 9th, as the righty shut the door on the reeling Orioles for his 24th save of the year and a 9-6 White Sox winner.

With a series tie already assured, the Sox look to take the third game of the 4-game set tomorrow night on ESPN. The Sox will send Freddy Garcia to the hill against Rodrigo Lopez. The contest will be aired nationally on ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball, so be sure to tune in for plenty of discussion about the Red Sox, Yankees, and Cubs, as well as plenty of "Second Team in the Second City" crap.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
A good combination of manufactured runs and clutch home runs. When you score 9 runs, there really isn't that much to complain about.


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