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No Relief

July 30 at Baltimore


How was the trophy defended today?
Poorly; pitching continues to be a source of frustration.

Short Take: Sox rally late, fail to hold off O's in 9th.

The White Sox had a chance to sweep Baltimore today, but poor pitching did them in as the Orioles scored two runs in the 9th to beat the Sox by an 8-7 score.

Javier Vazquez got the start for the Sox against Bruce Chen for the O's. The Sox got on the board first. Scott Podsednik led off the game with a single and promptly stole second base. He would score on an AJ Pierzynski single to put the Sox up 1-0. The Orioles would answer with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first to tie the game at 1.

The Orioles held a 2-1 lead going into the 4th when DH Paul Konerko hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2. The Sox took the lead back with two runs in the 6th off Chen to go up 4-2. Jermaine Dye, who had 5 RBI's today, hit a two-run single off reliever Chris Britton to drive in Tadahito Iguchi and Pierzynski, who had both singled off Chen before he departed.

Staked to a 4-2 lead, Vazquez headed into the bottom of the 6th cruising along. For some reason, Vazquez has had an inability to perform in the 6th inning this season, and today was no exception. Jay Gibbons led off the inning with a solo home run off Vazquez to cut the lead in half. After retiring Jeff Conine for the first out of the inning, Vazquez hit Corey Patterson with a pitched ball and then gave up a single to the next batter, Javy Lopez. That would be it for Vazquez, and Neal Cotts came in to try to clean up the mess. He couldn't, giving up an RBI single to Nick Markakis and an RBI double to Brandon Fahey as the O's took a 5-4 lead. Both runs were charged to Vazquez, who allowed 5 ER over 5.1 innings of work.

The O's added an unearned run in the 7th to take a 6-4 lead. Miguel Tejada got an infield single off Cotts, and advanced to second on an errant throw by first baseman Ross Gload, who had no play at first to begin with. After allowing a single to Gibbons, Cotts was pulled in favor of David Riske, who entered the game with runners at the corners and no outs. Riske allowed a sacrifice fly that scored Tejada with the O's 6th run before getting out of the inning with no further damage done.

Down two runs with two outs in the 8th, the Sox mounted a rally. Pierzynski singled and Konerko walked, setting the stage for Dye. Dye delivered with his 28th homer of the season, a three-run shot that put the Sox ahead 7-6. After Matt Thornton pitched an easy 7-pitch, 1-2-3 8th inning, Bobby Jenks came on in the 9th to try to save the win. Jenks got the first out of the inning before hitting Tejada with a pitch. The O's then got consecutive singles off Jenks, scoring Tejada with the tying run at 7. After an intentional walk to Patterson loaded the bases, Javy Lopez singled home the game-winner for the O's to give them an 8-7 decision. The loss was the 3rd of the season for Jenks, and just his second blown save of the year.

The Sox will try to regain some of their swagger as they head to Kansas City for a three-game series starting tomorrow. Jose Contreras (9-3, 3.52) will face Runelvys Hernandez (2-5, 6.80) starting at 7:10 pm CDT. The game can be seen on WCIU.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Doesn't matter how many 3-run homers you hit if you can't pitch.


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