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August 23 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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

KW's Hole Cards:
A Pair of Jacks
The last three were disastrous, but the first six were masterful, so it wasn't all bad.

Short Take:   Javier Vazquez had a perfect game into the sixth inning, but allowed a hit and for the second time in as many days, the bullpen gave away the lead, and eventually the game.

Last night's tough loss to the first place Tampa Bay Rays definitely did not set a good tone for this weekend series between two first place ballclubs. The Sox looked to right the ship on a hazy, hot, and humid afternoon on the south side. After building a 3-1 lead on the Rays, the Sox's bullpen suffered another epic collapse and not only surrendered the lead, but gave up two more runs. End result: Rays 5, Sox 3.

The game remained hitless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Jermaine Dye went deep to left to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. An inning later, the Sox added another run, thanks to Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe. Ramirez led off the inning with a hit to deep right and he went to third as the ball pin-balled around the right field corner. Uribe flew out deep enough to left, allowing Ramirez to cross the plate with the second run for the Sox in an many innings for the 2-0 lead.

There really is only one word to describe Javier Vazquez as he pitched into the sixth inning- dazzling. Around the fifth, "that feeling" began to fill the ballpark as fans started to take notice of the Rays' line score and began buzzing about the Perfect Game without mentioning those sacred words. Unfortunately, Vazquez's flirtation with the MLB record books ended, thanks to the nuisance known as Jason Bartlett. Only a former Twin would be the one to spoil the Perfect Game and No Hitter. Bartlett's double was followed by back-to-back singles, courtesy of Akinori Iwamura and B.J. Upton, scoring Bartlett and making it a 2-1 game.

The White Sox added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Dye hit his second homerun of the afternoon to the Sox bullpen, giving them a 3-1 lead and with the way Vazquez had been pitching, it seemed as though that'd be more than enough to hold off the Rays.

Or not. Disaster struck in the top of the eighth. Ozzie left Javy Vazquez in to start the inning and he gave up a single to Dioner Navarro, walked Gabe Gross, and yieleded a base hit to Jason Bartlett, loading the bases with nobody out. Guillen went to get Vazquez in favor of Matt Thornton and it didn't go well, to say the least. He faced three batters and all of them reached base. Thornton walked Iwamura, forcing in the Rays' second run, then yielded a hit to B.J. Upton and just like that, the Sox were trailing 4-3. Carlos Pena singled to right off Thornton and drove in the fifth run for Tampa Bay, which would end up being enough. After the fourth run of the inning dented the dish, Ozzie went to the mound and signaled for D.J. Carrasco, recorded all three outs in the eighth and worked a scoreless ninth, as well. Those runs the Rays plated in the eighth ended up being detrimental, as the Sox went quietly in the bottom of the ninth.

The Sox will try to salvage a game of the three game series tomorrow afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Coming off a pretty good start against the Mariners on Monday, Mark Buehrle (11-10) looks to lead the Sox to victory against the Rays' Andy Sonnanstine (13-6) in an excellent pitching match-up. The first pitch is set for 1:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on both CSN and TBS.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 The Sox fall a little further out of first, but with any luck, Garland and the Anaheim Angels can beat the Twins and cut the deficit back to a half game!

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