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Downright Beaten in Beantown

August 30 at Boston Red Sox

"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:
An Ace and a Deuce
Our Ace wasn't very ace-like, and all we got off a guy making his ML debut was a deuce.

Short Take:   Another 15-hit attack by the Red Sox equates to another White Sox loss.

Friday night's return of Corpse Ball was not the way the Sox and their fans envisioned this weekend series in Boston starting out. However, things don't always go as planned, and tonight was no exception. It seemed that with Mark Buehrle on the bump and the Sox facing an Aurora native making his Major League debut, all the pieces were in place for a Sox victory. Unfortunately, the offense took another night off and for the second time in as many nights, Boston mounted another 15-hit attack. The end result was an 8-2 Red Sox victory.

Things were rocky for Buehrle from the get-go. He surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first inning, which began with a lead-off double by Jacoby Ellsbury. With two out, Dustin Pedroia singled hard to left, holding Ellsbury at third. He wasn't there for long, though, as newly-acquired Mark Kotsay's ground rule double brought Ellsbury home with the first Red Sox run. With Pedroia at third and Kotsay at second, Jason Bay hit the second ground rule double of the inning, scoring Pedroia and Kotsay for the 3-0 Boston lead.

The White Sox got on the board in the top of the second off Michael Bowden. Jermaine Dye led off the inning with a double to center and after Jim Thome flied out, Alexei Ramirez also doubled, scoring Dye and making it a 3-1 ballgame. It looked as though the Sox would make a game of this one, but not so much.

Buehrle didn't fare too much better in the second inning. Jeff Bailey's solo homerun led off the inning and just like that, the Red Sox got that run they surrendered right back to make it a 4-1 game. Alex Cora then singled to center, but was picked off shortly thereafter. Jacoby Ellsbury followed the pick off with a triple to deep center and came home with the fifth Red Sox run on Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly.

The Sox got a little closer in the top of the third. Joe Crede led off with his first triple since September 2003 and after Orlando Cabrera went down on strikes, A.J. Pierzynski grounded out to second. Crede scored on the ground out and it was a 5-2 game. Unfortunately for the Sox, this would be the last run they'd score and it would be all Boston from here on out.

It remained a 5-2 ballgame until the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Buehrle surrendered an infield single to David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia- who went four-for-four on the night- doubled, moving Ortiz over to third. Neither player stayed there for long, as Mark Kotsay doubled, scoring both Ortiz and Pedroia and making it a 7-2 game. Ozzie had seen enough and pulled Mark Buehrle in favor of D.J. Carrasco, who got out of the inning unscathed. The Red Sox added an unnecessary insurance run in the eighth off Clayton Richard, who relieved Octavio Dotel. After Richard got Alex Cora on strikes, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield single to first and scored the eighth Red Sox run on Jed Lowrie's double to center.

The Sox will try to salvage the last game of the three game series tomorrow afternoon at Fenway Park. Gavin Floyd (14-6) looks to pitch the Sox to a much-needed victory against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (8-8). The first pitch is set for 12:35p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN in Chicago and nationally on TBS.

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Thanks to Joe Nathan's second blown save in as many nights, the Sox maintain their 1/2 game lead in the A.L. Central.


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