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Sox Suffer Yet Another Bullpen Collapse

July 14 at Baltimore Orioles

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Mushy Dog Food
Grinder Ball was seen in the first couple innings, but that was it.

Short Take: Vazquez was shaky in his 5 2/3 innings of work and once again, the bullpen found a way to lose yet another game.

The Sox came into their third game after the All-Star Break with a 1-1 record and were looking to get themselves over .500 to begin the second half. Unfortunately, the bullpen was up to its old tricks again and the runs surrendered from the seventh inning on proved to be detrimental. It took ten innings, but the Sox dropped this one 7-6.

Jerry Ownes led off the game with a walk and promptly stole second. Alex Cintron followed Owens with a hard base hit, only allowing Owens to advance to third. Thome struck out swinging, but Konerko continued his hot hitting and doubled to left, plating Owens and advancing Cintron to third. Daniel Cabrera opted to intentionally walk A.J. Pierzynski, bringing Jermaine Dye to the plate. Dye made him pay with a single to left, scoring Cintron and advancing Pierzynski & Konerko to second and third, respectively. With the sacks packed, Rob Mackowiak worked a walk, plating Paul Konerko. Josh Fields grounded into a double play, ending the inning, but the Sox had gone out to an early 3-0 lead.

Javier Vazquez came out to work the bottom of the first and gave up a lead off double to Brian Roberts. Two batters later, Nick Markakis hit a double of his own, scoring Roberts and making it a 3-1 ballgame. Vazquez settled down though, striking out Kevin Millar and inducing Aubrey Huff to groundout.

In the top of the second, the Sox picked up right where they left off. With one out, Owens reached on an infield single, and was advanced to second on Cintron's groundout to first. Jim Thome worked the count for a walk and Konerko came through again, this time with a single to left, scoring Jerry Owens and advancing Thome to second. A.J. grounded out to third, ending the inning, but the Sox found themselves up 4-1.

The third inning saw more of the same from the Sox's offense. Dye led off with a single and Mackowiak followed with a double, putting Dye just 90' from scoring the fifth run for the Sox. Josh Fields grounded out to short, but collected an RBI in the process, as Dye came in to score, making it a 5-1 Sox lead.

The score remained 5-1 until the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Kevin Millar homered to left, making it a 5-2 ballgame. Aubrey Huff grounded out, but Ramon Hernandez hit a ground rule double. Jay Payton followed with a homerun, and all of a sudden, the Sox's lead was down to just one. Ozzie had seen enough, so he went to the struggling bullpen for Matt Thornton, who got Corey Patterson to strikeout, ending the inning and keeping the score 5-4.

In the top of the eighth and with two out, Jerry Owens bunted his way onto first and stole second for the second time tonight. Alex Cintron followed with a single, scoring Owens and giving the Sox a 6-4 lead.

With a two run lead, the Sox took the field in the bottom of the ninth, hoping Bobby Jenks could nail it down. As the season has gone thus far, you had to know the bullpen would find a way to give this one away... and they did. Jenks gave up back-to-back singles to Chris Gomez and Nick Markakis. He got Millar to strike out swinging, but he still had two outs to get. Aubrey Huff singled, scoring Gomez and moving Markakis to second. It was a 6-5 ballgame and Jenks still had work to do. Ramon Hernandez flew out, but he advanced Markakis to third in the process. Bobby Jenks then threw a wild pitch and Markakis came in to score, tying the game at 6. Jenks got Payton on strikes, but the damage was done.

The Sox went quietly in the top of the tenth, and Ozzie brought in the knuckleballer, Charlie Haeger to pitch the bottom half of the eventual last inning. Haeger allowed Corey Patterson to lead off with a single, and he promptly stole second. Brandon Fahey flew out to right, advancing Patterson to third. Haeger intentionally walked Brian Roberts to get to Chris Gomez, who grounded out to second. With two out, Nick Markakis followed with a single to left, plating Patterson and giving the Orioles a 7-6 come-from-behind win.

Our Sox will try to split the four game series at Camden Yards tomorrow afternoon. The Sox will send Jose contreras (5-10) to the mound against Garret Olson (0-0). The first pitch is scheduled for 12:35p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball was seen in the first three innings, but that's about it.

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