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Sox Bullpen Rattles Tigers' Cage

April 21 at Detroit Tigers

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Strip Steak
The bullpen was strong and saved the game, while Grinder Ball continued to make its presence known!

Short Take:   "Despite a shaky start for Contreras, he soon found himself locked in as the Sox beat Nate Robertson and the Tigers, guaranteeing themselves a series win in the process."

On an absolutely gorgeous afternoon for baseball up in the Motor City, solid pitching for the Sox and miscues by the Tigers were the story as the Sox took the second of a three game series 7-5, but they needed ten innings to do it. Jose Contreras took the mound and promptly reverted back to the Contreras we saw on April 2. He didn't have command of his pitches and before Sox fans knew it, Contreras had surrendered a double, single and hit Sheffield. Carlos Guillen then took the first pitch he saw from Jose and crushed it out of Comerica Park, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead before the seats were even warm.

Despite finding themselves down 4-0 early on, the Sox seized the opportunities early. In the third, Pablo Ozuna, filling in for the injured Scott Podsednik, lead off the inning with a double. Tadahito Iguchi took advantage of Robertson's control problems and walked on four pitches. Working out of the stretch challenged the Tigers' starter because he promptly walked Jim Thome, who recorded his eighteenth walk in the last week, loading the bases for Paulie. Konerko grounded out to third baseman, Brandon Inge, but in a somewhat bizarre play, Inge bobbled the ball, making everyone safe and giving Konerko his eighth RBI of the season, avoiding the potential and rare triple play. Jermaine Dye then followed with an RBI groundout and put the Sox right back in the game. Joe Crede stepped to the dish and got a basehit of his own, scoring Thome and making the score 4-3. Juan Uribe then ended the inning with a strikeout.

Just a couple innings later, our beloved Sox again found themselves in position to put another crooked number up on the board. Ozuna lead off with an infield single off the glove of Nate Robertson. With Iguchi at the plate, Robertson removed his cap and threw over to Sean Casey at first, but the ball got away, advancing the runner to second. Iguchi then singled him over to third and Jim Thome followed with a sacrifice fly, driving the speedy Ozuna in from third and tying the game at four. Paul Konerko then ended the inning with a groundout to the second baseman.

Shaky at the start, Jose Contreras soon found himself totally dominating the Tiger lineup, but in the bottom of the sixth, Magglio Ordonez and his out of control hair took Contreras deep, putting the Tigers up 5-4 and snapping Contreras' streak of sixteen Tiger batters retired in a row. Carlos Guillen, who hit a grand slam earlier in the game, then singled and swiped second, but was left there.

It was getting late and the Sox were down by one, but in a game somewhat remeniscent of 2005, the Win. Or Die Trying attitude resurfaced. Thome led off the inning with a single off the hard throwing Joel Zumaya. Ozzie then called on Brian Anderson to pinch-run for Thome, who quickly advanced to second on a wild pitch by Zumaya. He then walked Dye, setting the stage for "Clutch" Crede. "Clutch" wasn't intimidated by Zumaya's 100+ mph stuff and quickly tied the game at five with a single, scoring Anderson. Both Darin Erstad and Juan Uribe struck out to end the inning, but the Sox had new life.

All who pitched out of the Sox bullpen- Logan, MacDougal, Sisco, Aardsma and Jenks- threw the heat we know they possess and kept the Tigers from scoring anymore. The Sox bats then went to work in extras off eventual losing pitcher, Fernando Rodney. Paul Konerko led off the tenth with his fourth double of the young season and Dye followed that up with one of his own, scoring the go-ahead run in Konerko and making the score 6-5 Good Guys. An error by the shortstop allowed Erstad to reach base and Dye to advance to third. Uribe's sacrifice fly plated Dye and put the Sox up for good, 7-5. Bobby Jenks came in to quickly nail down his sixth save of the season, solidifying the fourth win in a row for the Sox.

Our Sox are now 9-7 and we'll have the brooms out tomorrow as our team goes for the sweep. The Sox are sending Jon Garland to the mound, who's 0-1 on the young season, against 1-0 Justin Verlander. The first pitch is slated for 12:05p and the game will be televised on CSN. Let's sweep our way to Kansas City!

Back to the Grind Update:
 After falling behind 4-0 early on, the Sox grinded their way to a win, thanks to clutch hitting by Konerko & Dye. "Clutch" Crede also came through with a hit in the 8th off the much disliked Joel Zumaya, tying the game and sending it to the eventual 10th inning.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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