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Sox Rediscover Winning Ways

May 5 at L.A. Angels

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Hamburger Patty
Six runs- none coming via the longball- and some quality pitching to boot!

Short Take:   The offense regained its pulse as the Sox evened up the series at a game a piece.

The sun was shining on this gorgeous afternoon in SoCal and the Sox's performance at Angels Stadium in Anaheim gave Sox fans reason to beam like the sun's rays again, as the offense finally showed signs of a pulse! The Sox did something this afternoon we hadn't seen them do in over a week- win! This afternoon's 6-3 victory is hopefully enough to jump-start the Sox's offense once again.

Welcomed warmly by those who knew him as an Angel for eleven years, Darin Erstad quieted the crowd with his leadoff single to begin the game. Pablo Ozuna hit a grounder, forcing Erstad at second. With Jermaine Dye at the plate, Ozuna promptly stole second, only for Dye to strikeout. Konerko saved the inning with his RBI single though, putting the Sox up 1-0 five minutes after the first pitch was thrown.

In the second, the offense picked up where it left off an inning earlier when Tadahito Iguchi led off the inning with a double. Alex Cintron, filling in for Juan Uribe, launched one to deep right for a double, scoring Iguchi to make it a 2-0 ballgame. With Ryan Sweeney at the plate, John Lackey's pick-off throw hit Cintron, who advanced to third. Cintron shook off the pain in his right arm and came home on Darin Erstad's second hit in as many plate appearances. Ozuna ended the inning with a strikeout, but the Sox found themselves up 3-0.

Jon Garland showed he was in command early by retiring the Angels' lineup from top to bottom throughout the first three innings. However, the fourth inning brought some trouble. Reggie Willits led off the inning with a single and Orlando Cabrera followed that up with a double, scoring Willits. Matthews, Jr. followed with a hit of his own, advancing Cabrera to third. Vladimir Guerrero's sacrifice fly all of a sudden made it a 3-2 ballgame, but Garland got out of the jam, getting Casey Kotchman to foul out to Ryan Sweeney and Erick Aybar to ground out to Iguchi.

The Angels tied the ballgame in the fifth. Shea Hillenbrand led off with a double and advanced to third on Jose Molina's sacrifice bunt. Chone Figgins then brought Hillenbrand home with his single, tying the game at 3.

In the sixth, A.J. Pierzynski doubled just inside the third baseline. With Iguchi striking out, Joe Crede came to the plate and "Clutch" Crede flared one to short right, scoring A.J. and putting the Sox in front for good, 4-3.

Garland turned in another quality start, pitching seven strong innings, and was relieved in the eighth by Matt Thornton and Mike MacDougall.

The score remained 4-3 until the top of the ninth inning. Cintron singled to left off relief pitcher Darren Oliver, and Sweeney advanced Cintron to third with his double. Oliver's throwing error then allowed Erstad to reach base for the third time in the ballgame, scoring Cintron and moving Sweeney to third. Rob Mackowiak was called on to pinch-hit for Ozuna and grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Sweeney and solidifying the Sox's victory, 6-3. Bobby Jenks came on to pitch the ninth and retired the side in order, notching his ninth save in the process.

The Pale Hose are on their way back to the .500 mark with a 13-14 record and will try to not only reach that break-even mark tomorrow afternoon, but are also looking for their first Sunday win of the season! The Sox are sending 2-1 Mark Buehrle to the hill, who will oppose the undefeated Bartolo Colon. The first pitch is set for 2:35p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update:
 Six runs on ten hits with several extra base hits thrown into the mix. Now they're getting it!


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Filled in nicely at short, going 2-for-4 on the afternoon with an RBI and two runs scored.

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