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Misery by Day, Ecstasy by Night

June 8, vs. Detroit

KW's Daily Special:
Split Pea Soup
Hey, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and sometimes you do it all in one day.

Short Take: Sox drop Game 1 of twin bill with Tigers thanks to Walkerball offense and critical error in 9th, but come back strong to take the nightcap, behind barrage of homers and strong start by Jose Contreras.

With still over 100 games left in the 2009 season, it may still be too early to throw around the term "panic."  Even at a depressing 26-30, the Sox entered Monday's day/night doubleheader with 1st place Detroit only 4.5 games off their pace, but with 5 games at home against the Tigers to round out a disappointing home stand, this series was certainly critical if the Sox are interested in hanging around.  Game 1 featured the Sox we love to hate; a mediocre start from Clayton Richard, plenty of blown chances at the plate, and a boner error by Josh Fields in the 9th that eventually turned into the winning run in a depressing 5-4 loss.  Game 2, however, was more like it.  Behind homers by Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik, and Jim Thome and a dominant start by Jose Contreras, and the Sox rolled past Detroit to earn a split with a 6-1 win.

In the opener, Clayton Richard went up against Armando Gallarraga, and while Richard wasn't bad, he just wasn't very good.  After the Sox grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first, Richard coughed up 2 runs in the 2nd.  After dodging a bullet in the third, he finally broke in the 5th, getting two quick outs and then falling apart, allowing a 2-out single to Magglio Ordonez and then walking Miguel Cabrera, Marcus Thames, and Brandon Inge to drive home the third Detroit run.  Jermaine Dye briefly tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 5th with a 2-run homer, but D.J. Carrasco immediately gave it back, in the 6th, allowing a lead-off single, sacrifice bunt, and RBI single to Curtis Granderson.  In the 8th, Paul Konerko homered off Joel Zumaya and the Sox again drew even, but the fateful ninth was unkind to the hosts.  With Scott Linebrink on in relief of Carrasco, Miguel Cabrera grounded into what should have been a routine 2nd out to Fields at third, but the slumping third sacker booted the ball, and following an infield single that moved pinch runner Josh Anderson to second, Brandon Inge notched another mark on his Sox killer belt, driving an RBI single into left field, to score Anderson and put the Tigers back up, 5-4.  Following a meek, 1-2-3 ninth, the Sox retreated to the clubhouse where they apparently heard the disappointed post game remarks of Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams.

The story of the game was again the flat lining White Sox offense.  Yes, I know they pounded out 9 hits and scored 4 runs, but when it mattered, they were once again terrible.  With runners in scoring position in Game 1, the Sox went 0-6 with a pair of walks and strikeouts, and 1 RBI on a Konerko sac fly in the 9th.  Added to that, the 7-8-9 hitters in the Sox order, Chris Getz, Josh Fields, and Dewayne Wise combined to go 1-12, the only hit being a 1-out triple by Getz, who was stranded at third when neither Fields nor Wise could bring him home.

Whatever was said between games, I hope someone taped, because the Sox came out a different ream, rejuvenated, perhaps?  Or maybe they were just happy to see their old pal, Jeremy Bonderman, making his first start in the Majors since June 1, 2008 and owner of a 5-9 lifetime record against the Sox coming into tonight's action.  Unlike Game 1, when they looked passive and hesitant, the Sox pounded Bonderman often and early; Alexei homered in the first, Scott Podsednik homered in the 2nd, and Jim Thome launched a 2-run bomb in the 3rd.  Bonderman lasted only 4 innings, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs.

Meanwhile, Jose Contreras was making his first start since earning a trip to Charlotte, but his results were much, much better.  In the first, Clete Thomas hit a 2-out, ground rule double to center field... And that would be the only hit Detroit would find against Contreras.  He was in control (with some help from his defense, as Jermaine Dye made a bona fide web gem in right field to rob Gerald Laird of a lead-off homer in the third), hitting his spots and changing speeds all night, keeping the overmatched Tigers at bay.  With 6 runs crossing the plate in the first four innings and 2005-esque Contreras on the mound, the outcome was sealed before the sun even set over The Cell.  The only thing that kept the night from being perfect was another goose egg dropped by Gordon Beckham, who is now 0-13 on his big league career, but believe me kid, Robin Ventura is not sympathetic.

The split obviously keeps the Sox stuck 4.5 games behind the Tigers, but with 3 more games this series coming up, serious damage can still be done either way.  Tomorrow night, Mark Buehrle will take the hill, looking for elusive win #7 against Dontrelle Willis.  Game time is 7:11 PM and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Net Plus. 

WSI's Critic's Corner:  If the 2nd game was the main course, then you at least leave happy but that appetizer left a lot to be desired.  2 stars.

submitted by doublem23

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Jermaine Dye & Jose Contreras

Dye wins Game 1 on account of his momentary game-tying HR in the 5th and Jose wins Game 2 for his dominating 8 innings of work, earning him his first win in the Show since June 27, 2008.

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