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Well, That's One Down

Aug. 29th vs Tampa Bay Devil Rays

How was the trophy defended today?
On a night when the pitching was up-and-down, the offense provided the lift the Sox needed.

Short Take: Not exactly what you would call a pitchers’ duel, but it counts, so we’ll take it! Especially as it puts us back in the wild card lead.

This was a wild one, and before the night was over, there would be twenty-one runs scored, twenty-four base hits, ten walks, two HBPs, nine pitching changes, and—fortunately—zero lead changes as the Sox jumped in front in the first and gutted their way to a 12-9 victory against a team that just would not go away. The Devil Rays may have the second worst record in the AL, but they sure don’t quit!

As mentioned above, the Sox took the lead in the bottom of the first. Casey Fossum, the Tampa pitcher, just never did get into a rhythm, serving up a lead-off walk to Scott Podsednik, who promptly stole second. Another walk, this time to Tadahito Iguchi, set the table for Jermaine Dye to do his thing. He did, and the Sox led 3-0 after one. In the second, Freddy Garcia struck out the first two batters, then hit the next batter, Delmon Young. This upset Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and some of the players, who thought the HBP was deliberate and began yelling at Garcia from the dugout. But Freddy seemed to take it in stride and got the third out. In the bottom of the frame, with one out, Fossum got into trouble again. He walked Brian Anderson, Pods, and Gooch. Then it was Ozzieball time. A fielder’s choice by Dye scored Anderson. A single by Paul Konerko scored Pods. A single by Joe Crede scored JD. And a single by A.J. Pierzynski scored Paulie. After two, the Good Guys had a 7-0 lead, and everything looked rosy.

Unfortunately, Freddy, in what is becoming a very bad habit, gave two of the runs back in the top of the third, one in the top of the fifth, and two more in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, with one out and the Rays working on their third pitcher, Iguchi singled to third and in came pitcher #4, who got JD to pop up. But then Gooch stole second and Konerko walked. Joe Crede doubled to deep left center, at least deep enough to score Gooch. However, Paul Konerko was out by a mile, and the threat ended. Sox 8, Rays 5 after six.

Freddy got Tampa to go down in order to start the seventh, then the Sox apparently decided that an 8-5 lead wasn’t good enough. (As it turned out, they were right.) Ozzieball time again. A.J. opened the festivities with a double. Juan Uribe sacrificed A.J. to third and Ross Gload walked. Brian singled to short, scoring A.J. Pods singled to center, scoring Gload. After Gooch struck out, JD grounded into a fielder’s choice, but BA scored on a throwing error. A groundout by Paulie ended the inning, with the Sox in the lead 11-5. In the eighth, Ozzie brought in Neal Cotts for what looked to be mop-up duty. Neal promptly gave up a walk to Dioner Navarro and a homer to Jorge Cantu. Next it was David Riske’s turn to try to make Sox fans crazy and Tampa’s turn to play some Ozzieball. Two singles and a double later, and suddenly it was 11-8. Matt Thornton came on and got the next two outs, although a runner scored from third on one of them. In the bottom of the eighth, after Joe flied out, A.J. (who else?) was hit by a pitch, apparently in retaliation for the HBP from Freddy in the second. A.J. later came around on a double by Ross and scored the final run of this roller coaster of a game. Bad Bobby Jenks came in to close things out. He got Tampa Bay to go quietly for once and notched his 37th save. Game over; Sox 12, Devil Rays 9.

Tomorrow, our Sox look to take the second game of this series, with Jon Garland on the bump. Game time: 7:05 Central. If that game is anything like this one, you might want to have some nerve tonic handy.

Ozzieball Update: Ozzieball was everywhere tonight. Of the Sox’s 13 hits, only one left the park.

submitted by MarySwiss

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