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Groundhog Day... Will It Ever End?

June 9 vs. Houston Astros

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Severely undercooked steak
Except for one inning, the offense was non-existent- again.

Short Take:   A rematch of the 2005 World Series this clearly was not, as the Sox were embarrassed again offensively- this time at the hands of the below .500 Houston Astros, and lost the game 3-2.

It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon on the south side, with the sun shining brilliantly in the sapphire blue sky. If only the offense had shone as brightly as the sun.... The lone bright spot for this team- again- was the starting pitching. This afternoon, it was Jon Garland responsible for a wonderful start. He gave up a single to Orlando Palmeiro to begin the game, but in typical Garland fashion, he stranded the runner by getting Mark Loretta to ground out, Lance Berkman to strike out, and Carlos Lee to also ground out.

Tadahito Iguchi continued his decent hitting as of late by doubling off Houston starter Jason Jennings with one out in the bottom of the first, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch that double to a triple. Jim Thome then grounded out to second to end the inning.

Other than a two out single by Jermaine Dye, things were quiet in the second inning on both ends. Eric Munson then led off the third inning with a homerun to right, putting the Astros up 1-0 early on.

It seemed as though the Sox would get something going in their half of the fifth, as Luis Terrero bunted his way onto the basepaths, something pretty foreign to Sox fans and the players themselves these days. Josh Fields followed that with his first Major League hit of the 2007 season, moving Terrero over to second. Rob Mackowiak advanced Terrero to third with his fly out to left, but unfortunately, that's where Terrero would stay, as Iguchi flied out to right to end the possible threat.

In typical Jon Garland fashion, he shut the Astros down after Munson's solo shot in the third. After pitching seven fantastic innings of one run ball, he was relieved by rookie Bret Prinz, who promptly threw six straight pitches out of the strike zone. Consequently, Mark Loretta walked and Lance Berkman drove the 2-0 pitch he saw deep to right for a double, advancing that lead off walk to third. Carlos Lee was intentionlly walked to load the bases and Prinz was relieved by Boone Logan, who was faced with the daunting task of getting out of a bases loaded-nobody out jam. He got Luke Scott to ground out to Iguchi, who went home for the force on Loretta. In turn, Lee and Berkman advanced to second & third, respectively. Mike Lamb then came to the plate and drove Berkman in with his sacrifice fly to left, putting the Astros up 2-0. Ryan Bukvich relieved Logan and after walking Chris Burke, he got Eric Munston on strikes, stranding the runners. Amazingly, the Sox's bullpen got out of the inning relatively unscathed.

You have to hand it to the Sox... they made the bottom of the 8th one of the most exciting innings of baseball we've seen in what seems like ages! Josh Fields led off with a single to left, which was Garner's cue to pull his starter. Trevor Miller replaced Jennings and hit Mackowiak with a pitch, putting Fields in scoring position. Tadahito Iguchi placed a beautiful sacrifice bunt down between home and the pitcher's mound, moving Fields to third and Mackowiak to second. Jim Thome's double to deep right center plated both Fields & Mackowiak, and all of a sudden the Sox had found a way to tie the game at 2. Suddenly, the Sox's offense showed signs of life! Miller intentionally walked Konerko to set up the double play and to get to A.J. Pierzynski. Alex Cintron pinch ran for the sluggish Konerko, but it didn't matter, as Pierzynski went down swinging and Dye popped out to the catcher to end the inning and leave the game tied at 2.

Dreams of a come-from-behind victory were erased in the top of the ninth, as the Astros struck again. Adam Everett led off with a single off closer Bobby Jenks. After he got Palmeiro to pop out to Pierzynski, Loretta moved Everett to third with a single. Lance Berkman followed with a single to left, plating Adam Everett and Houston was back in front 3-2. Fortunately, Jenks held the Astros to those three runs by getting Lee to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

The Sox did make it interesting in the bottom of the ninth, though. Known to Sox fans as the guy who surrendered Konerko's Grand Slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series above anything else, Chad Qualls took the mound in the ninth, looking for a save. He allowed Uribe to reach base on a free pass. Uribe was quickly sacrified to second on a Terrero ground out to the pitcher, and Josh Fields followed with a ground out to first, advancing Uribe to just 90 feet from home. But with the way the last few weeks gave gone, it shouldn't be any surprise that Mackowiak ended the threat- and the game- by going down swinging.

Our Sox have dropped another series (to a below .500 team), but look to salvage the final game of the homestand tomorrow afternoon. The Sox send Mark Buehrle (2-3), in search of just his third victory of the season- and the 100th of his career- to the mound against Wandy Rodriguez (3-5). The first pitch is set for 1:05p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

Back to the Grind Update:
 Grinder Ball made a brief appearance in the bottom of the eighth, but that's about it.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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