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Sinking with the Sox on the Bay

Sept. 16th at Oakland A's

How was the trophy defended today?
It wasn't

Short Take: The Big Hurt makes this one REALLY hurt, as the Sox blow yet another lead and lose yet another “must win” game. Now we all get to sit back and hope the Tigers and/or Twins lose a few of them, too.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Javier Vazquez makes a strong start, Sox take an early lead, other team closes gap, Sox get a couple more runs, other team closes gap again, bullpen takes over, and--if you’re a Sox fan--everything goes straight to hell from there. Final score: A’s 7, Sox 4.

I seriously considered just reloading a TBGR from another recent game, and I probably could have. However, here we go. A’s starter Barry Zito looked a little bit shaky in the first, giving up walks to Tadahito Iguchi and Jim Thome, but Paul Konerko flied out to left to end the threat. Opportunity wasted, but Javy Vazquez got the A’s down in order in the bottom of the frame. Top of the second started off well also. Joe Crede walked, Juan Uribe sacrificed him to second, and it looked as though the boys were about to play some Ozzieball. But apparently nobody told Brian Anderson or Sandy Alomar that. Opportunity #2 wasted. Javy got the A’s in order yet again, and the score stayed at 0-0 through two. Top three. Pablo Ozuna kicked things off with a base hit that, through heads-up running, he stretched into a double. Then Gooch, trying to sacrifice, popped up to the catcher, and Sox fans everywhere groaned. But Jermaine Dye stepped up and belted a two-run blast, and it was all good. When Javy got the A’s in order for the third straight inning, it was even better. Joe started off the fourth with another walk. Juan flied out, but Brian doubled and it looked like the start of one of those big innings they used to have. But two straight flyouts got Zito out of yet another jam, and Frank Thomas made us pay when he sacrificed in Oakland’s first run in the bottom of the frame. End of four: Sox 2, A’s 1.

Into the fifth and another promising start. But a walk by Gooch was followed by three straight outs. A’s threatened in the bottom of the fifth, but Javy got Marco Scutaro to hit into a double play to end the threat, and in the top of the sixth, the Sox got two “insurance” runs when Juan singled, Brian doubled, and Sandy drove them both in. Pablo tried to drop one just over the first baseman’s head but didn’t quite catch enough of it, so there were two out. Gooch doubled and JD was intentionally walked to load the bases for Jim Thome. The gamble paid off when Big Jim flied out to left. In the bottom of the sixth with one man on, Frank Thomas came to bat. Probably more than a few Sox fans were thinking, “Well, at least the worst he can do is make it 4-3." A minute later, that’s what he did.

It got really ugly from there. Matt Thornton came on in relief of Javy. He got the first batter to fly out, gave up a single to the second batter, then struck out Scutaro. When he walked the next batter, Ozzie called on Mike MacDougal and the bullpen parade began. A single was followed by back-to-back walks, including one to Frank Thomas, which scored the go-ahead run. Boone Logan came on and walked in a run. Dustin Hermanson came on and gave up a single which scored a run. By the time Dustin got the third out, the score was 7-4 Bad Guys. And that’s pretty much it, except that, adding insult to injury, Zito got the win despite being outpitched by Javy.

So, good news anyone? How's this; there are plenty of teams whose fans are already waiting until next year. We aren't. Plus there's another game tomorrow, and Jose Contreras is on the hill. Game time: 3:05 Central. Be nice if the bullpen showed up, but maybe Jose should just plan on pitching a complete game shutout, since the Sox need this win to avoid being swept. And here’s another reason for them to win tomorrow: The WSI Core of the Core--Oakland party. SO LET'S GO, SOX!!!! (please?)

Ozzieball Update: A few tries at Ozzieball were made, but they were for the most part unsuccessful.

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