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Boston batters Buehrle

July 7, vs. Boston

How was the trophy defended today?
Buehrle limps into All-Star Break, Sox waste 2 bases loaded situations early... Just a crappy game all around.

Short Take:  Red Sox offense shells Buehrle, while Boston rookie Jon Lester escapes early trouble as Boston wins first rematch of last year's ALDS.

To summarize Friday night's game between the White Sox and Red Sox, one can boil it down to a sentence.  While the Red Sox were able to get the hits when they needed to against struggling lefty Mark Buehrle, the White Sox offense could not come up with a knockout punch against rookie Jon Lester.  Lester allowed 6 hits and walked 3 more against the Sox in 3 innings, but only allowed 2 runs as the White Sox were uncharacteristically not clutch in their 7-2 loss to the Sawx in front of a packed crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.

The game started rough for Buehrle and the Sox.  In the top of the first, with Mark Loretta already on second, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz crushed his 30th homer of the season to right field putting Boston up quickly 2-0.  Buehrle, however, appeared to settle down after the big fly.  He retired the next two batters in the inning (no light task considering they were Manny Ramirez and Jason Varitek), and then faced the minimum through the next 2 innings, erasing the only hit he allowed in that frame on a double play.

The White Sox looked to quickly jump back in the game against the rookie.  Alex Cintron walked with one out and moved to second on a single by Jim Thome.  Both Cintron and Thome moved over on a wild pitch, and a walk to Paul Konerko loaded the bases.  Jermaine Dye hit a sacrifice fly to score Cintron and cut Boston's lead in half, but Joe Crede could muster only a strikeout and the Sox blew a golden opprotunity.  Likewise, in the third, with Cintron, Thome, and Konerko occupying all three bases, the Sox could only get a run on a sacrifice fly by Dye.  However, in the third, Dye's sac fly was the first out of the inning, but Crede found a way to kill that rally, too, grounding meakly into a double play.  In two of the first three innings, the Sox had managed to score only 2 runs after loading the bases with 1 and 0 outs in the inning.  Yuck.

Buehrle was able to keep the Red Sox at bay for only so long.  In the 4th, they broke the tie when Mike Lowell singled home Ortiz.  In the fifth, Coco Crisp singled to lead off the inning, moved to third on single by Alex Gonzalez, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Youkilis.  Buehrle's night finally came to an end in the 7th, when he allowed his 5th run of the game as Gabe Kapler scored on a single by Gonzalez.  In 6.1 innings, Buehrle allowed 9 hits and 5 runs, but at least he didn't walk anyone.

The White Sox offense, meanwhile, basically shut down against Lester.  In his final three innings, he allowed only one walk and a strike out.  Facingr relievers Manny Delcarmen, Mike Timlin, or Julian Tavarez did not change the outcome, as the Sox managed to get 2 hits in the final 3 innings of the game.  Brandon McCarthy allowed a pair of meaningless homers in the 9th, to Mike Lowell and Coco Crisp.  The only difference was that the extra 2 runs put the Red Sox up 5 instead of 3, so rookie Jonathan Papelbon was able to get the night off.

Freddy Garcia goes tomorrow afternoon for the White Sox against Josh Beckett.  The game will be broadcast on Fox, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:20 PM.

Ozzieball Update:  
Sox very unclutch tonight, wasting 2 early opprotunities to blow this game wide open.

submitted by doublem23.

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