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September 28, at Detroit

Sox Magic Number:
"Cleveland's loss to Tampa Bay potentially puts the Sox 1 win away from clinching."

Short Take:  Old News: Jose Contreras stellar again in victory.  New News: Aaron Rowand and Carl Everett bust out of recent funks as Sox pound Detroit for 8-2 win.

After dropping the first two games of their series in Detroit, the Sox turned to their Ace Pro Temp, Jose Contreras, and once again relied on him to be the stopper he has become in the 2nd half of the season.  And, once again, Contreras proved to be the right medicine for the mini-slump, as Jose went 8 strong innings and was backed by 8 runs and 15 hits as the Sox picked up a much needed 8-2 win in the Motor City.

Early on, it looked like it would be more the same for the Sox.  In the first, Scott Podsednik lead off the game with a single and stole second, but the 2-3-4 trio of Tadahito Iguchi, A.J. Pierzynski, and Paul Konerko (who is sitting on two monumental thresholds; 39 homers and 98 RBIs) could not bring in the speedy left fielder.  In the second, Jermaine Dye lead off the inning with a walk.  Carl Everett then followed with would could have been a double play, had Chris Shelton's throw not taken John McDonald off the bag.  Instead, both runners were safe and the Sox had a threat going against Sean Douglass.  Aaron Rowand bunted the pair to second and third, before Pablo Ozuna lined out to second on a frozen rope and Juan Uribe had his three-run bomb taken away by Craig Monroe.  In the first two frames, the Sox had managed to strand three runners in scoring position and the lack of clutch hitting had to be eating away at even the most stoic of South Siders.

To makes matters worse, the Tigers put the first run of the game on the board in the second when Carlos Pena jacked a homer off Jose.  But Jose settled down and faced the minimum for the next five innings.  Meanwhile, the Sox offense finally started to click.  Podsednik showed shades of his April and May days as the catalyst, leading off in the third, moving into second on a grounder by Tadahito, and scoring on a single by Jermaine Dye.  In the 5th, with Paul Konerko at third and Jermaine Dye at first, Carl Everett busted out of his recent funk, with a deep fly ball into the right field power alley, which would have been a homer in any other stadium in the American League, but just ended up being a 2-RBI three-bager for Carl.  The Sox lead 3-1 and would never look back.  The next inning, a double play by Tadahito Iguchi would score Juan Uribe and the fourth run of the game and chase Douglass in favor of Vic Darensbourg, who if you're on top of things, was last spotted in the American League with our very White Sox last year.

Anyway, Detroit cut the lead to 4-2 in the 7th when Magglio Ordonez bounced into a fielder's choice that scored Placido Polanco, but Juan Uribe was able to get that run right back, nailing a home run to left-center that bounced off the glove of Curtis Granderson as he reached far over the wall to make an attempt.  The Sox busted the game wide open in the 9th, when some guy named Dingman gave up a three-run bomb to the slumping Aaron Rowand.  Bobby Jenks made things a little interesting, loading the bases with two outs in the ninth, but he struck out Vance Wilson (I don't recognize half these names either) to seal the deal.

And, to keep the Good News Train rolling, the suddenly glacial Indians dropped their third straight decision as they were shut out, 1-0 by Seth McClung and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, so the Sox increase their division lead to three with four games to play.  Tomorrow is getaway day for the Sox as they have a noon Central time showdown with the Tigers.  Freddy Garcia makes his last start of the regular season tomorrow against Jason Grilli, yes THE Jason Grilli that was in the mix to be the #5 starter for the Sox a year ago.  Garcia is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA against Detroit this year, and in his only start in Comerica on June 30, he went the distance, shutting Detroit out on 5 hits.

Ozzieball Update: 
The Sox couldn't get a run home to save their lives the first two innings, but since were able to manufacture more than enough runs in support of Contreras.  Couple nice plays in the field by Ozuna, Uribe, and Iguchi are icing on the cake.

submitted by doublem23.

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Scott Podsednik

4-6 on the night with stolen bases #57 and 58.  Not a surprise that when Scott does well, the Sox score 8 runs.

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