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Bullpen-Induced Boston Massacre

July 21 at Boston Red Sox

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Undercooked Hot Dog
Grinder Ball was sort of seen in the second, and in the ninth (for giggles).

Short Take: Just when you think the bullpen can't possibly find another way to let a game get out of hand, they do. They surrendered not one or two consecutive walks in an inning, but five!

After last night's disasterous eighth inning, the Sox and their fans likely did everything they could to forget it. For Sox fans, finding entertainment after that debacle last night was easy- all you had to do was tune in to Rongey's postgame show and listen to guys like "Bulldog" call in. With that said, the Sox looked to start anew this afternoon in Beantown and initially, it looked as though this might be a good game... or at least a competitive one.

In the top of the second, Paul Konerko, one of the few bright spots on this team, hit a leadoff double. Josh Fields followed with a one-out RBI single, giving the Sox the early 1-0 lead. Andy Gonzalez and Juan Uribe did their parts to quickly end the inning by grounding out to third and flying out to center, respectively. This would be the only lead the Sox would hold all afternoon.

That 1-0 White Sox lead was short lived, as Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell were issued back-to-back walks by John Danks. Jason Varitek followed with a single to left, loading the bases with nobody out. Coco Crisp also singled, scoring the back-to-back walks in Youkilis and Lowell, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. Willie Mo Pena ended the threat with his 6-4-3 double play.

It was all Boston from here on out. In the bottom of the sixth and with Danks still on the mound, Dustin Pedroia singled and Manny Ramirez bounced into a 4-6 fielder's choice. Kevin Youkilis followed that with a single, advancing Ramirez to third. J.D. Drew's double to right plated Ramirez, increasing the Red Sox's lead to 3-1. With Youkilis having advanced to third, Sox battery mates Danks & Toby Hall decided to intentionally walk Mike Lowell to get to Jason Varitek. Varitek bounced into a 5-2 fielder's choice, with Youkilis being tagged out at the plate. Coco Crisp followed and was at it again, this time with an RBI single, making it 4-1 Boston. Lowell tried to score, but was thrown out 7-2 by Gonzalez & Hall.

In plain English, the bottom of the seventh inning was a complete disaster. Rookie Ehren Wassermann relieved Danks and promptly gave up a pinch-hit single to Eric Hinske. Not known for being a strikeout pitcher, Wassermann got Julio Lugo swinging and Hinske stole second in the process. The rookie got Pedrioa to go down looking, and it seemed as though the Sox would escape the inning unscathed. But that's when the wheels really fell off. Wassermann put Ramirez on with the intentional walk, setting himself up to face Kevin Youkilis. He also walked Youkilis, loading the bases with two out. Ozzie had seen enough and signaled for Boone Logan, who walked J.D. Drew, forcing in the first of seven in this inning, and giving the Red Sox a 5-1 lead. Guillen immediately came out of the dugout and went to Dewon Day. Day was a nightmare and, believe it or not, walked the fifth batter in a row in Jason Varitek, plating the sixth run of the game for the Red Sox! Coco Crisp, who already had 3 RBIs, singled, scoring Drew & Lowell. It was 9-1 Boston and they weren't done! Hinske, who started the inning, was back at the plate. He tripled to deep right, plating Varitek & Crisp. Day got Lugo swinging to end the inning, but the damage had been done; they scored seven runs on three hits, and five walks!

The bottom of the eighth saw a lot of substitutions for the White Sox, therefore setting up several pinch-hitters in the top of the ninth. Alex Cintron hit for Jim Thome and flied out to center. Batting in Konerko's spot, Luis Terrero hit a one-out single to left, and Rob Mackowiak followed with a double to deep center, plating Terrero just for good measure. Fields followed with a fly ball to right and Andy Gonzalez went down looking to end the game. The final of today's nightmare was 11-2.

The Sox now find themselves back to ten games under .500. They'll try to salvage the last of the four game series at Fenway tomorrow afternoon, striving to earn a split. The Sox will send Jon Garland (7-6) to the mound against Boston knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield (10-9). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05p CDT and the game will be televised on WGN.

Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball was more like a flash in the pan than anything else!

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