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David Ortiz Handcuffs Our Sox

August 12 at Boston Red Sox

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Podsednik, Iguchi, Everett, Konerko, Rowand, Pierzynski, and Uribe all get grinders tonight."

Short Take: Our Sox put on a great display of a comeback; but, the comeback fell one run short, as the Red Sox recorded the victory. The main culprit: David Ortiz.

Tonight's game saw the two top teams in the AL going head-to-head with stellar pitchers taking the mound for each team in Mark Buehrle and David Wells. Our Sox headed into Boston to take on the Red Sox in front of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park after ousting the New York Yankees in a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. Would the fun continue?

Things looked right in the first two innings. In the top of the first, Scott Podsednik and Paul Konerko both singled, Konerko batting Podesdnik over to the hot corner on a missed play by Manny Ramirez out in left field, which led to a two-RBI tripple by Aaron Rowand. AJ Pierzynski led off the second inning with a single and was joined on the basepaths by Podsednik, who recorded his 30th infield hit of the year. After Tadahito Iguchi was hit by a pitch, Carl Everett flared the ball to short left field scoring both Pierzynski and Podsednik. Our beloved Sox had given Buehrle a nice 4-0 lead after two innings of play.

During the next two innings, the tables turned on our Palehose. After Bill Mueller singled and Edgar Renteria doubled off the Green Monster, David Ortiz doubled both of them in to cut the Sox lead in half. The next inning of play saw both Kevin Millar and former Sox benchmate Tony Graffanino singling followed by a walk to Mueller. Gabe Kapler got an RBI single scoring Millar to cut the Sox lead to 4-3.

Our beloved Palehose got that run back with Everett's lead-off home run in the top of the next inning; however, that would be all our team would score for a while. The Red Sox started taking charge of the game. In the bottom of the same inning, Ortiz lead off with a single and scored on Jason Varitek's home run over the Green Monster. The score was knotted at five runs a side after the fifth inning.

No more scoring occurred until after the Seventh Inning Stretch. Then came the David Ortiz Show. Ortiz lead off the inning with a home run. Fortunately, our Palehose were able to get out of a big jam with the next two batters reaching base unscathed. Then came the big dagger. Kapler and Renteria both were awarded free passes in the eighth inning, and Ortiz made our Sox pay by hitting a towering home run to dead center. If that were hit at Comiskey Park, fans on lower tier of the Fan Deck most likely would have caught it. Sadly, the scoreboard showed that the Red Sox had a 9-5 lead after the 8th inning was complete.

The Sox that we have known this entire season never quits. And they wouldn't do so tonight either. After Curt Schilling retired the first two batters, Iguchi homered over the Green Monster, followed by a single by Everett. Konerko solved the Green Monster himself. But the rally came a run short, as our beloved White Sox sadly lost this game 9-8 and are now 2-3 against the Red Sox in the 2005 campaign.

Though giving up nice leads can be depressing, there still is nothing to hang our heads on, fellow Sox fans. Our team still owns the best record in baseball at 74-40. That's right! It took them until August 12th to record their 40th loss. That, my friends, is what you call "getting it done" in a season. Be sure to tune in to tomorrow night's broadcast, which can be seen on WGN at 6:05 pm. Jon Garland goes for his ML-leading 17th victory of the season and will be faced by Tim Wakefield. This series can, and hopefully will, be evened-up after tomorrow night's game.

Ozzieball Update:
The Sox' offense today did not display the typical qualities of Ozzieball.

submitted by chisoxfanatic.

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