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Just a Bit Short...

August 8, at New York

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Not really a great game for the South Siders tonight.  Aaron Rowand gets the nod for his spectacular play in the field, and having both an RBI and a runs scored."

Short Take:  Valiant effort from Orlando Hernandez goes to waste as Sox just can't break game open in 3-2 loss in New York.

There was one test for the 2005 Chicago White Sox, and Monday was Day #1; the New York Yankees.  Granted, if the season ended today, the Yankees would not be joining the Sox for the post-season and while the '05 Yankees have been a major dissapointment in years past, to say the the Yankees have owned the American League, if not all of baseball, for the last half decade is an understatement.  Since winning the World Series in 1996, New York has made the post-season 8 years in a row, including 3 more world titles, and a pair of A.L. pennants.  The Yankees have either won it all or lost to the eventual World Champ every time in the span, except for 1997.  On Monday, the Sox got their first taste of the Big Apple, as former Yank Orlando Hernandez took the hill for the Sox against New York's sole reliable hurler this season, Mike Mussina.

To be frank, when the first inning ended and the Pale Hose trailed only 2-0, it could have been a lot worse.  Both Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano were robbed of hits by spectacular plays in the field by Aaron Rowand.  However, despite the pick-up from his teammate, Hernandez remained off the mark for the rest of the inning, allowing a walk to Gary Sheffield and then a home run to Alex Rodriguez.  In the second, with Tino Martinez already at first and one out in the inning, Tony Womack dropped a double down the left field line, moving the slow-footed Martinez to third.  He scored as the next batter, Derek Jeter, grounded out and the Yankees put themselves up 3-0.  From there on out, though, Hernandez turned into a Yankee-killing machine.  Though he seemed to be in some minor trouble every inning, he would pitch through the sixth and never again really face any heat.  In short, against a solid line-up in a hostile environment, the Duke was dazzling for four innings.

As for the offense, again, it was a tale of missed opprotunities.  In the second, back-to-back singles by Paul Konerko and Timo Perez put the Sox in an excellent scoring opprotunity; runners at first and second and no out.  Jermaine Dye and Aaron Rownad responded with a strikeout and double play.  The Sox did cut into New York's lead in the fifth.  Still trailing 3-0, Jermaine Dye lead off with a single and motored around to score on a double by Aaron Rowand.  He moved into third on a ground out by Joe Crede and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Juan Uribe.  The Sox looked to continue to manufacture runs in their smartball style in the sixth.  With two down, Paul Konerko and Timo Perez stood at third and second respectively, and Jermaine Dye faced Mussina, who had thrown over 110 pitches in the game to that point.  Tonight, Dye was the goat, as he struck out swinging to end the inning and the last real scoring opprotunity of the night.  In the seventh, with two out and Juan Uribe at first; Scott Podsednik laid down a sensational bunt just up the third base line.  Ex-Sox hurler Tanyon Sturtze quickly got to the ball and made a perfect throw; the only throw he could have made to even make the play close.  Whether or not Podsednik was safe was moot, as first base umpire Mike Winters called him out ending the inning.  Though Podsednik may have been robbed, you have to tip your cap to Sturtze, who kept his cool, even with one of the speediest baserunners in the American League blazing down the line and even with Jorge Posada in between him and first base for a split second.  Protecting a 1-run lead with the heart of the order coming up, Sturtze made the play and made the throw he needed to to get out of the jam.

Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera slammed the door on the Sox, retiring all six batters in order in the 8th and 9th.  If there was one real positive to take from the game, it was the pitching of Neal Cotts and Bobby Jenks out of the bullpen.  Cotts, known for his Jerry Manuel-inspired meltdown in New York two years ago, had himself an 8-pitch perfect inning, and Jenks, making his first visit to Yankee Stadium was in New York in front of nearly 55,000.

The Sox other former Yankee takes the mound in his old stomping grounds tomorrow night.  Jose Contreras will battle Shawn Chacon, one of the many revolving starters used by New York this season.  Don't let his 1-7 record fool you; he has a sub-4.00 ERA on the year, despite playing in Colorado until the end of July.  The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Net and first pitch is set for 6:05 PM Central time.

Ozzieball Update: 
The runs we did score were well manufactured, but frustrating to see the Sox in a few more chances to put some damage on the scoreboard and come back empty handed.

submitted by doublem23.

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Aaron Rowand

Only guy who decided to show up tonight; kept the game close in the first and did his part in the 5th, driving in a run on a double and scoring on a sac fly.

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