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Buehrle Bitten by One Bad Inning, Bullpen Follows With Its Own

August 25 vs. Boston Red Sox

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Undercooked Kosher Dog
Can't play Grinder Ball when you have so few hits.

Short Take: Buehrle falls victim to one bad inning, but his bad inning pales in comparison to that of the bullpen's!

After being swept and outscored 21-4 in their fourth split doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field this season, the Sox hoped that their ace would get them back in the Win column this afternoon. Unfortunately, hope wasn't enough, as the Sox were hammered 14-2..

Actually, things started out well for the Sox off knuckleballer, Time Wakefield. Jerry Owens led off the game with a single and promptly stole second before the seats were even warm on the south side. A.J. Pierzynski walked and the Sox had runners on first & second. But in typical 2007 fashion, both Paul Konerko and Darin Erstad flew out to center, ending the mini-threat.

With the way both Mark Buehrle and Tim Wakefield were dealing, one would think it'd be a classic pitcher's duel. Not so much. Buehrle was on today and seemed to be on cruise control through five innings, but then came the sixth. Dustin Pedroia led off with an infield single and Coco Crisp lined out to Buehrle. David Ortiz doubled to left, advancing Pedroia to third. Buehrle & A.J. decided to put Manny Ramirez on with the intentional free pass. Mike Lowell follwed with a single, scoring Pedroia and giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Kevin Youkilis also singled to left, bringing Ortiz around. Bobby Kielty joined the hit parade and also singled to left, scoring Ramirez & Lowell and making it a 4-0 ballgame. Alex Cora grounded to second and Kielty & Youkilis went to second & third, respectively. Kevin Cash walked, loading the bases, but Dustin Pedroia grounded out to Josh Fields, finally ending the inning with a 4-0 Red Sox lead.

The top of the seventh began with Boone Logan on the mound. He allowed a lead off infield hit to Coco Crisp. Logan walked Ramirez, bringing Ozzie out from the dugout, who signaled for the lefty, Wassermann. Ehren Wassermann allowed back-to-back hits to Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis, and Ramirez scored, making it a 5-0 ballgame. Kielty's ground out to short ended the inning.

Things went from bad to worse in the eighth. Ryan Bukvich relieved Wassermann, and needless to say, he didn't record an out! He hit Alex Cora and Kevin Cash, and Dustin Pedroia doubled to deep left, scoring Cora and moving Cash to third. It was a 6-0 game and this was only the beginning. Coco Crisp walked to load the bases, and Ortiz singled, driving Cash & Pedroia home. Ozzie had seen enough and went to Mike MacDougal, who wasn't much better. He started off with a wild pitch, scoring Crisp. Mike Lowell singled, Youkilis walked, and Kielty doubled to deep center, scoring Lowell and making it an 11-0 game. The end still wasn't in sight! After Alex Cora struck out, MacDougal issued back-to-back walks to Cash and Pedroia, forcing in Youkilis and giving Boston a dozen runs. Ozzie then went to Matt Thornton, who walked the fourth batter of the inning and now Boston had a baker's dozen in the run column! Mercifully, Thornton got pinch-hitter, J.D. Drew on strikes, and believe it or not, the Sox struck out the side!

Not wanting to be shut out in this one, the Sox did their best to put some runs on the board, and finally succeeded in the home half of the eighth! With Kyle Snyder on in place of Tim Wakefield, A.J. was hit by a pitch with two out, and Paul Konerko connected for his 26th homerun of the season, giving the Sox two runs. At least they weren't shut out!

The Red Sox wanted to tack on one more run in the top of the ninth inning and did so off of Matt Thornton, who walked Eric Hinske. A wild pitch allowed Hinske to advance to second, and Mike Lowell moved him to third with a single. Kevin Youkilis grounded into a 1-6-3 double play, but Bobby Kielty followed that up with a single to right, plating Hinske, representing Boston's 14th run of the game. After this afternoon's contest, we've officially be outscored 35-6 in this series.

With this afternoon's drubbing, the Sox not maintained sole possession of last place, but also fell to a season-low 17 games under .500. They look to salvage one game in this series tomorrow afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The southsiders will send Javier Vazquez (11-6) to the mound against Boston's Julian Tavarez (6-9). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05p CDT and the game will be televised on WGN.

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