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Beantown Beat-Down

July 20 at Boston

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Rancid dog food
Can't blame the bullpen for this one; Contreras and Co. stunk it up all by themselves.

Short Take:Contreras lucky to only give up 10 runs as Sox get hammered.

2005 seems so long ago.

Tonight in Boston, the White Sox failed to take advantage of an early break as the Red Sox blew them out by a 10-3 score. Jose Contreras took the hill for the Sox and got into some early trouble. After retiring the first two batters in the first, Contreras walked David Ortiz and hit Manny Ramirez with a pitch to set the stage for a controvertial play. J.D. Drew followed with what should have been a 3-run home run off the top of the Green Monster, however the ball bounced back in play and the umpires did not award Drew the home run. Instead, Drew ended up witn an RBI double and the inning ended on the same play when Ramirez was thrown out jogging towards home plate. The replays clearly showed the ball over the fence, but the call stood and Terry Francona was ultimately ejected arguing it.

The Sox capitalized in the third inning off Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. After singles by Juan Uribe and Jerry Owens, Jim Thome came to bat with one out and men on second and third. He delievered a three-run home run, a no-doubter to centerfield that put the Sox ahead 3-1. This would be the only Sox offensive highlight of the game. But there were still plenty of low-lights to come.

Contreras actually cruised along pretty well until the 5th inning, nursing the 3-1 lead. Then the wheels started to come off. He walked Jason Varitek to lead off the inning, which was followed by a ridiculous bunt single by Eric Hinske against a shifted infield. Julio Lugo loaded up the bases with a bunt single of his own, promptly followed by a 3-run base clearing triple for Coco Crisp to put the Red Sox ahead to stay at 4-3. Later in the inning Ortiz would single Crisp home to give the Red Sox a 5-3 cushion, which was more than they would need tonight.

Beckett continued to stymie the Sox hitters, at one point retiring 10 in a row. The Sox only managed 4 hits off Beckett in 6 innings of work, with three of those hits coming in that 3-run third. The Sox struck out a total of 12 times on the evening, 10 of those credited to Beckett. To his credit, Contreras continued to battle and kept the Sox within striking distance into the 8th inning. With the score still 5-3 in the 8th, the Red Sox loaded the bases on Contreras and a sacrifice fly made the score 6-3 Boston. Ozzie mercifully came out to pull Contreras, but Contreras rebuked him and stayed in the game. After hitting Kevin Youkilis with a pitch to re-load the bases, Contreras' night finally ended when weak-hitting Julio Lugo hit a Grand Slam over the monster to make the score 10-3.

In what was the only other bright spot of the evening, submariner Ehren Wassermann made his major league debut in relief of Contreras, and he looked good in retiring the only two batters he faced, with one strikeout. Too early to tell of course, but hopefully he can provide some much-needed help in that tattered bullpen.

Back to the Grind Update:
Contreras was grinder-like by eating innings and ultimately falling on his sword. Not sure if that makes him a grinder or a glutton for punishment.

submitted by beckett21.

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