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SNAKEBIT!!!

June 6th vs. Detroit Tigers


How was the trophy defended today?
Defending the trophy: The offense could have scored more, but the pitching kept us close enough to win. And that's all that counts.

Short Take: Former Diamondback Alex Cintron strikes without warning...and the Detroit Tigers feel the pain!

If there are still people out there who don’t believe that Kenny Williams is one of the best—if not THE best—GMs in the game, I have just two words for you—Alex Cintron. Acquired from Arizona during spring training to bolster the bench and penciled in last night to start in place of Juan Uribe, Alex delivered the key shot that gave the Sox a 4-3 win over the Kittens.

This game wasn’t a lot of fun to watch for the first seven-and-a-half innings. Freddy Garcia threw way too many pitches much too early, facing six batters in the first inning and walking two of them, although the Sox did manage to escape the inning unscathed. In the bottom of the frame, Scottie Podsednik walked, and Tad Iguchi was out on a hit-and-run that moved Pods to second. When Pods went to third on a wild pitch from Nate Robertson, it looked like things were going well; the Sox had Jim Thome and Paulie Konerko due up with only one out. But when Thome struck out and Konerko flied out, that ended the scoring threat. Home runs in the Detroit half of the second off the bats of Marcus Thames (who?) and perennial pest Brandon Inge gave the Kitties a 2-0 lead. A leadoff homer by Jermaine Dye in the bottom of the second closed the gap to one run, and when AJ Pierzynski singled and Joe Crede walked, the Sox had another potential scoring opportunity. But this one also was wasted; Alex Cintron bunted, forcing AJ at third, Brian Anderson struck out looking, and Pods grounded to first. Yet a third threat arose in the bottom of three. After Iguchi grounded out, Thome was hit by a pitch and Paulie singled him to second. However, Dye hit into a double play and that was that. After three innings, Tigers 2, Good Guys 1.

Unfortunately, the Tigers weren’t quite done scoring yet. Someone apparently woke up Chris Shelton, who led off the inning with a homer. With both pitchers appearing to have settled down, the fifth and sixth innings passed pretty much uneventfully. Then Brandon McCarthy relieved Freddy in the top of the seventh. He walked the first batter, Placido Polanco, but then got three straight outs. Alex Cintron—there’s that name again!—started the bottom of the frame with a walk. After Anderson struck out, Pods was safe at first on an error by Polanco, with Cintron moving into second base. Joel Zumaya relieved Robertson, and Iguchi singled to left. With the bases loaded, only one out, and Big Jim and Paulie due up, it looked like the Sox were revisiting the bottom of the first. Too bad the results were also similar: Thome struck out and Paulie lined out. The Tigers went down in order in the top of the eighth, then things got interesting. Dye walked, and AJ sacrificed him to second. Then Crede walked. When Cintron came up, most of Soxdom was most likely just hoping for a hit, and we sure got one--a three-run blast to right. Sox 4, Tigers 3 after eight.

Big Bad Bobby Jenks came on to close out the game, which he did very nicely, striking out the first two batters and inducing the third to ground out to short. Game over! Sox win! With the win, the Sox cut the Tigers’ lead in the AL Central to 1.5 games. Tonight, they’ll look to narrow the gap even more when the two teams tee it up again. Game time: 7:05 Central.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Ample evidence that the team still knows how to play Ozzieball. They had plenty of chances to bring guys home; they just need to work a little harder at finishing off the job.


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