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Losing Ugly

July 24th vs. Minnesota Twins

How was the trophy defended today?
It wasn't

Short Take: The inability to get runners home and failure to hold the lead spell disaster in a game that was painful to watch.

Not a good way to start an important series. Sox bullpen fails to get it done as the Twins take the first game 7-4. When you get ten hits and only score four runs—three of them via the long ball—you won’t win too many games. Especially when your pitching is also failing you.

(Sigh!) Well anyway, here goes. Javier Vazquez got the start and looked good at first, sending the side down in order in the first two innings. Minnesota threatened in the third, fourth, and fifth, but could not manage to score, and the Sox led by two on homers by Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe. In the top of the sixth, however, the wheels started to come off. With Nick Punto on first, Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau went back-to-back, and all of a sudden it was 3-2 Twins. The Sox failed to score in the bottom of the frame, and Javy came out to start the seventh. He got into trouble immediately, allowing the first two batters to reach and causing Ozzie to bring in Neal Cotts in relief. Neal got Luis Castillo to line out, then Punto grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Jason Tyner being thrown out trying to score. So there were two down. With runners on second and third--but first base open--for some reason the Sox decided to pitch to Joe Mauer, who is only leading the majors in batting average. Three-run homer, and it was 6-3 Twins after seven.

The Twins scored once more in the ninth. Again it was Mauer, whose sacrifice fly drove in Tyner. In the bottom of the inning, with two out, Uribe singled and scored on a home run by Brian Anderson. But it was too little, too late, and the game ended with the Twins winning 7-4. The loss put the Sox 7.5 back of the Tigers and allowed the Twins to close within two of the Sox. The two teams tee it up again tomorrow. Game time: 7:05 Central. A Sox blowout would be a nice change.

Ozzieball Update:
Leaving six runners stranded is neither smallball nor smartball.

submitted by MarySwiss

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