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Konerko-Contreras 1, Royals 0

September 7, vs. Kansas City

Sox Magic Number:
Casey Blake homers twice and C.C. Sabathia shuts down Detroit as Cleveland wins, 4-1 over the Tigers to keep pace in the division.

Short Take:  Though not as sharp as previous few starts, Jose Contreras mows down Kansas City for 7+ innings, needing only a solo home run from Paul Konerko to secure Sox's 7th straight win.

Once again, Jose Contreras looked solid for the White Sox.  Though not as crisp as the starter who had not allowed a walk in his previous three outings, every time the visiting Kansas City Royals appeared to be knocking on the door, Jose found the pitches needed to keep his shutout, and eventual 11th win of the season, in tact.

At first, however, it looked like he'd recieve little help from the offense.  While Jose was busy working the Royals' lineup, Kansas City's starter Mike Wood was keeping the Sox off the board, despite numerous opprotunities to blow this one into a laugher.

In the first two innings, the teams combined to strand a total of 7 runners; 2 each in the 1st and 1 by the Royals in the 2nd and 2 more for the Sox.  Wasted in there was a lead-off double by Jermaine Dye in the 2nd.  Not only could they not bring home Dye, no one could even move him to third.  After A.J. Pierzynski popped out to left field, Juan Uribe was hit by a pitch, but both Willie Harris and Scott Podsednik flied out.

After the Royals left another 2 men on in the third, including Aaron Guiel at third, Paul Konerko finally put a run on the board, with a 2-out solo home run to center field.  It marked the fourth straight game Paul has gone yard and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead.  It would be all Jose needed.  Though clearly not as dominant as in his most recent outings, he was still on his game.  While Kansas City continued to put runners on, Jose found the pitches needed to keep those runners at bay.  In the fourth, with Angel Berroa and Justin Huber already on base, Contreras laid down his 17th wild pitch of the season.  An intentional walk to Guiel loaded the bases with two out, but Andres Blanco struck out to end the frame.

To keep with the motif of the game, in the fourth, Dye again lead off with a hit, a single to left, but he was quickly erased on a 4-6-3 double play by A.J. Pierzynski, which is a shame, because Juan Uribe followed up with a triple off the top of the left field wall, that in all reality, missed being a home run by about 4 inches.  Willie Harris drew a walk, but Scott Podsednik grounded hard to third, right to Mark Teahen to end the inning.

Though Jose did allow a lead-off walk to Mike Sweeney in the fifth, he really got in a grove after that, retiring the next 11 batters he faced, a stretch that took him within an out of ending the 8th inning.  There's no need to mention the offense for those 3 frames, as they did pretty much nothing to note, except strand more runners and keep the lead the slimmest of margins.  In that eighth, with two already out, Jose walked Mark Teahen, ending his night as Bobby Jenks came into pitch and got Angel Berroa to line out.

After some fine relief work by Ambiorix Burgos, the Sox entered the ninth leading 1-0 with Jenks still on the hill.  He retired Justin Huber for the first out of the frame before Ozzie called on Damaso Marte and things got a bit interesting.  Marte threw four pitches in his outing, two of the strikes, the other two planted themselves in the backs of Matt Stairs and Aaron Guiel.  Dustin Hermanson came on to try and salvage a win for Contreras.  He got Matt Diaz to fly out to right field, but pinch runner Chip Ambres was able to tag into third, and up walked Mike Sweeney, professional Sox killer.  After Hermanson fell behind Sweeney 3-0 you could probably have heard a pin drop in Crestwood at the Cell, but Hermanson battled back, getting the count full (which included a couple of vicious foul line drives), before inducing a soft pop up to the righ side of the infield that was gloved by Willie Harris to preserve the Sox's 1-0 win.

Though the Tribe won, the Cardinals dropped a 2-1 loss to the Cubs, meaning once again the best record in baseball belongs to your Chicago White Sox.  The Sox and Royals meet for the final time at U.S. Cellular Field tomorrow evening, and the Sox look to take all 9 home meetings of the season series with a win tomorrow.  It's Core of the Core Night as Freddy Garcia tangles with J.P. Howell and his 7.08 ERA.  Game time is 7:05 PM and it will be broadcast over Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update: 
Sox definitely struggled manufacturing runs in tonight's game, but sometimes you just got to be glad to be in the same division as the Royals.

submitted by doublem23.

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