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Jim Joyce Costs Sox Game

June 9 vs. Detroit Tigers


KW's Daily Special:
Slightly Undercooked Slab of Beef
Jim Joyce took it out of the oven a bit too early, so this piece of meat has been declared inedible.

Short Take:Gordon Beckham had a memorable night as he finally punched his first major league hit. Unfortunately, what should have been a memorable comeback was stolen away from our guys, as our Sox lost in extras.

Ace Mark Buehrle vs. wild Dontrelle Willis. You would think just looking at that pitching match-up that this game would have finally given Sox fans a chance to relax while watching a ballgame. Unfortunately, that was not the case, as Buehrle gave up a few too many free passes, and the home plate umpire Jim Joyce made a brutal call that would have sent the home crowd home happy had he stuck with his initial instinct. Our Sox walked away losers for the 7th time on this homestand. Your final: Tigers 7, Sox 6 -- in 10 innings.

As has been the case in several games during this homestand, Scott Podsednik got on to lead off the game. After being issued a free pass by Willis, our speedy left fielder stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by The Cuban Missile, and scored on Wild Willis' wild pitch. All of the excitement created by Podsednik was countered on one swing by Brandon Inge, who quickly tied up the game in the top of the next frame.

The Tigers and Sox traded a pair of runs in their respective halves of the middle frame. After Inge walked and Ryan Raburn perfectly placed a bunt just to the left of Buehrle (why can't our guys ever bunt that well?), both were doubled in by Adam Everett. Fortunately, when Willis returned to the mound, he gave up hits to the first two Sox hitters. After Jayson Nix singled, our best CF since Aaron Rowand (Brian Anderson) homered to deep left, tying the score at three.

The seventh got quite ugly, as Buehrle didn't have much control, and Octavio Dotel wasn't able to help him out. Continuing to be a big thorn in Buehrle's side, Inge was issued a second free pass in a row, and Raburn followed him with a free pass. When Dotel came in, he issued Curtis Granderson a walk, and Placido Polanco hit a bases-clearing double between Anderson and Jermaine Dye, giving the Tigers a 6-3 lead, which lasted until the bottom of the 9th.

Every Sox fan has to love Fernando Rodney, as he has been known to blow things up pretty often against our guys. Rodney walked the bases loaded all by himself (BA, Podsednik, and TCM). Relieving Rodney, Brandon Lyon caught Dye swinging, but walked Thome to plate BA. Ozzie decided to pinch-run for Thome--in came Dewayne Wise. Paul Konerko displayed some great patience in his at-bat and finally was able to knock a double that stayed a few feet to the right of the left field line and went all the way to the wall. All three baserunners in front of him chugged on home. Podsednik scored, TCM scored, and Wise should have scored had it not been for Joyce rescinding his original calling of Wise safe, ending the rally with the score tied at six. Replays clearly showed that Wise's hand was on home plate before he was tagged out. Unfortunately Joyce will probably not have to deal with any disciplinary actions from Bud Selig's office.

Miguel Cabrera hit a solo shot in the top of the 10th off of Scott Linebrink, the losing pitcher in tonight's contest. Hopefully tomorrow will produce better fortunes, and that our Sox won't be screwed by another bad call. It should be a good one, as John Danks is set to face Justin Verlander. Same time, same place, same channel.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
Give this one three stars: One for the awesomeness that is BA, one for Gordon Bacon's first hit in the bigs, and one for Paulie's clutch double in the last of the nineth.


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