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Linebrink Posts Bail

July 8 at Kansas City Royals

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

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Alexei and O.C. bail out Linebrink's meltdown.

Short Take:   Frustrating night, but Sox find a way to come out with the win!

It's pretty obvious that Scott Linebrink doesn't like closing games out and pitching in the ninth. The Sox led 7-5 going to the bottom of the 11th inning in Kansas City tonight and Scott Linebrink gave two runs back to the Royals to extend the game before Orlando Cabrera doubled in Alexei Ramirez in the 13th inning to give the Sox a 8-7 win.

Our Sox played hard throughout the game even before the crazy extra innings were played out. The Sox led 1-0 in the bottom of the second when Jose Contreras had an inning from hell. The Royals scored three runs after Contreras failed to cover first base, threw two wild pitches, and hit a batter. The Royals took a 4-1 lead in the third inning when Miguel Olivo hit a RBI single.

Things weren't looking up for our first place Sox at this point. But, Contreras settled down and the Sox bats bailed him out. Jim Thome led off the sixth inning with a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored when Paul Konerko grounded out to cut the Royal lead in half. Two batters later, Joe Crede hit a bomb way back in left field, a solo shot, putting the Sox down 4-3.

As per the theme of the night, the Royals would be a pain in the ass. They put up another run in the bottom of the sixth off back to back singles from Esteban German and David DeJesus making it 5-3.

The Sox tied the game in the eighth inning. Jim Thome and Brian Anderson (pinch running for Konerko) were knocked in off a Nick Swisher single and a Joe Crede sac fly. The game stayed tied until the eleventh inning when it seemed like the Sox pulled away and were about to collect win number 52.

With one out and the bases loaded, A.J. Pierzysnki drove a ball deep to center field which Joey Gathright caught but slammed into right fielder Mark Teahan allowing not only one run to score, but Alexei Ramirez too who was standing on second base at the time the ball was caught. The 7-5 lead after the inning looked like it was going to be enough to capture the first game of this six game road trip. Then, Scott Linebrink came in.

Linebrink was able to record the first out of the inning but surrenderd a single to German who quickly stole second base then advanced to third on a sac fly. German scored on Mike Aviles single, then Aviles scored on Alex Gordon's RBI single to tie the game.

The game stayed tied until the Sox were able to put a run across in the 13th inning. Orlando Cabrera doubled in Alexei Ramirez and in the bottom half of the inning to give the Sox a 8-7 edge. Nick Masset was able to get Mark Grudzielanek to ground into a game ending, bases loaded double play. Phew!

After all that, the Sox came away with the 8-7 win and pushing their A.L. Central lead to 2 1/2 games over the Twins. Tomorrow, Javier Vazquez will try and do his best to give the bullpen a day off and get our first place Sox another win. Game time is at 7:10pm and televised on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

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 Tonight's win a true mark of the fight this team has shown all year. What a turnaround from last year!


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