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Starting September Right

September 1, vs. Detroit

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Team ass-kicking tonight, as every starter has a hit and every starter but Willie Harris scores a run. Pitching looked pretty solid, too."

Short Take: Sox open September with complete domination of toothless Detroit Tigers. Jose Contreras looks good on hill, while A.J. Pierzynski leads offense to 12-3 pounding of Detroit.

Ah.... Feel that, Sox fans? That's September. With a miserable August in the rear view mirror, the Sox opened up a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers in un-August fashion. Jose Contreras was sharp on the mound and the Sox offense battered Jason Johnson and company to the tune of 12 runs on 18 hits.

Contreras was, in a word, dominant. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and ultimately worked 7 strong innings for the Sox, allowing five hits, and three runs. Most importantly, he didn't walk anyone while fanning five. In return, his offense, especially battery-mate A.J. Pierzynski made the night a breeze for the Cuban righty. The Sox scored early and often, as Pierzynski drove in Paul Konerko in the second on a ground-rule double. With Jose still tossing a perfect game, the Sox put the contest out of reach in the 4th. Pierzynski connected for another ground-rule double, this time scoring both Aaron Rowand and Jermaine Dye. Juan Uribe followed with a double of his own, scoring A.J. and putting the Sox up 4-0.

Back-to-back jacks by Dye and Pierzynski in the 5th ultimate chased Johnson from the game, and Roman Colon came on for 2 innings of solid relief. In the meantime, a 2-run homer by Brandon Inge in the 7th and a solo shot by Craig Monroe in the 8th not only ended Jose Contreras' night, but also drew the Tigers to within 3, but the Sox offense exploded on Colon, Jamie Walker, and Franklyn German in the 8th. With one out, A.J. Pierzynski walked and moved to third on a double by Uribe. Walker replaced Colon and failed to record an out, allowing a 2-run single to pinch hitter Tadahito Iguchi and an RBI double to Scott Podsednik. German then replaced Walker and promptly allowed an RBI double to Pablo Ozuna and a 2-run homer to Carl Everett before finally retiring the final two outs of the inning, but not before 9 batters took to the plate for the Sox and 6 runs scored.

Cliff Politte and Dustin Hermanson each threw one inning of scoreless relief in support of Jose but this game was all about the offense. After being shaky all year, especially in the last month or so, it was very good to see the Sox bust out on a divisional opponent at home. If it was shades of the first half, you weren't the only one feeling a bit nostalgic. With the inactivity of the Indians, the Sox pick up half a game on their second place foe, pushing Cleveland 7 1/2 games off the pace and dropping the Sox's magic number to 23. Tomorrow night, the Sox and Tigers go at it again, as Sean Douglass makes his second start of the year against the Pale Hose (his first, if you remember, was the of the Magical 7th inning, that included a monster Joe Crede home run) as he faces Freddy Garcia, looking to bounce back after his rough start against Seattle 6 days ago. The game begins at 7:05 PM at the Cell and will be televised on Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Twelve runs looks suspiciously like "Big Ball," but in fact the Sox only hit three homers and manufactured runs like they were going out of style.

submitted by doublem23.

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A.J. Pierzynski

Leads the charge into September by going 3-3 with a pair of doubles, a homer, 3 RBI, 3 runs, and a walk. That's productivity and efficiency..

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