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Night of the Hunter

August 25 vs. Minnesota Twins


How was the trophy defended today?
Some longball, some smallball, but neither was enough.

Short Take: A winning effort by Javier Vasquez goes for naught as the Twins rally to come from behind at USCF.

So it's all looking good this night. The congregation has packed the house and the man Javier Vazquez is on the mound. On the knuckles of his throwing hand is tattooed the word "LOVE" and he's dishing out some hard love to the Twin Cities Philistines. But there is one among them, a Hunter, and on the knuckles of his hand is tattooed the word "HATE". With one devastating swing of his bat, he puts the wrong side ahead and sucks the life out of the place. The Philistines go on to win, as if they were ordained to, 5-4. No children, this ain't no happy story.

Things got off to a booming start for the Sox. Facing the reanimated corpse of Brad Radke, they quickly lit him up for two runs in the bottom of the first. Jermaine Dye walked, and Paul Konerko followed with a home run.

Some smallball followed in the second inning. Joe Crede and Ross Gload each singled, and Juan Uribe advanced them with a well-executed sacrifice bunt. Rob Mackowiak then stroked one into the outfield and Crede scored easily. Gload tried to follow him home, but was tagged out by Joe Mauer. Still, the Sox were up 3-0 and Radke's corpse was done after only two innings and 32 pitches.

Matt Guerrier came on to pitch in the third and both sides traded scoreless innings until a fateful sixth inning. Vazquez had carried a shutout into the sixth, but it was time for the ever-dangerous Third Time Through The Order. Nick Punto led off with a home run, and Michael Cuddyer singled. The Twins were starting to make hard contact on Vazquez, and Ozzie Guillen wisely gave the ball to Neal Cotts. However, Cotts gave up a single to Justin Morneau and Ozzie was right back to the mound, this time calling for David Riske.

Oh children! It pains me to continue. Torii Hunter stepped up to the plate. Radke set and delivered. BAM! The ball soared through the night, the Night of the Hunter, and landed over the rightfield fence. The crowd was stunned. Riske was stunned. Everyone was stunned. The moment that ball left the park, a sense of doom pervaded the game.

Noble A.J. Pierzynski made to stave off the inevitable and for a moment he did. He led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run that tied the game at four apiece. But that sense of doom still lingered, as if it were only a matter of time... And that time did indeed come, in the ninth inning. Mike MacDougal was on the mound for the Sox. Hunter singled, but was out at second when Rondell White hit into a fielder's choice. Lew Ford pinch ran for White. He reached second on a ground out, then came home on an RBI single by Jason Bartlett. In came Joe Nathan to finish the ninth, and the game ended 5-4 Twins. No children, no happy ending to this one.

The Sox will try to shake this one off on Saturday evening, sending Jose Contreras (11-6, 4.04) to the mound against Johan Santana (15-5, 3.03). Game time is 6:05pm Central.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
A nice sac bunt by Uribe helped the Sox build up a three run lead early, but it wouldn't hold.


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