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Sox Win Sloppy, Sloppy Game

August 14 at Oakland

KW's Daily Special:
Spare Ribs with Extra BBQ Sauce
A dish just as sloppy as the Sox defense was tonight. Use extra napkins!

Short Take:  The Cuban Missile once again comes to the rescue with some late-game heroics, this time blasting an extra inning homer to give the Sox a 8-7 victory in a sloppily played game against the Swingin’ A’s.

In what was thought to be Jose Contreras’ last chance to remain in the 4th starter’s slot, the White Sox outfield defense completely collapsed behind him on Friday night. The sloppily-played game saw the White Sox surrender a six-run early lead, only to hang tough behind some decent relief pitching and once again get bailed out by a late-inning homer by Alexei Ramirez. The Sox will take the 8-7 win over Oakland, but more questions remain than answers right now.

The Sox offense exploded out of the gate with six runs thru the first two innings, including two in the 1st and four in the 2nd. The Pale Hose opened the game with three straight singles by Pods, Bacon and Jermaine Dye. The Sox took a 1-0 lead as Pods scored on Dye’s base hit, and they shortly thereafter added another run as Beckham crossed the plate on a sac fly by newly acquired Alex Rios. In the 2nd, Ramon Castro (giving AJ a day off behind the plate) blasted a two-run homer to up the lead to 4-0. Then, it was the top of the order’s turn again: a single by Pods (DH’ing tonight for Thome), a double by Beckham (what new?) scoring Podsednik, and an rbi-single by Dye gave the White Sox a comfortable 6-0 lead.

Comfortable? Nothing’s comfortable with Jose Contreras on the mound. Up and down ever since the end of the 2006 season, Jose once again continues to fall into bad habits and looks very touchable on the mound. The wheels fell off in the bottom of the 4th in Friday’s game. After a lead-off dinger by Jerry Hairston’s kid (the one not busted for PEDs), Alex Rios and THE Carlos Quentin let a Ryan Sweeney flyball drop between them (Sweeney actually hit a ball out of the infield? Much has changed since 2007). Contreras then hit Tommy Everidge and gave up a single to Jack Cust. More outfield hi-jinx by TCQ ensued as Sox-killer Mark Ellis cleared the bases with a three-run double and later scored on a base hit by Cliff Pennington. When all was said and done, the A’s had switched the momentum of the game, as the Sox lead was cut to 6-5.

In the bottom of the 5th, Rajai Davis singled and then stole second on Contreras (not a difficult task these days). Scott Hairston knocked Davis in with a single to tie the game at 6-6, and that was all that Ozzie could take. Contreras was pulled and DJ Carrasco came in to do his typical yeoman’s work. DJ gave up a double to Ryan Sweeney, which scored Hairston and gave the A’s a 7-6 lead. Other than giving up the one inherited run, Carrasco pitched 2.1 innings of one-hit ball and did his job. On the other side, A’s starter Brett Anderson was pulled in the top of the 6th after giving up a leadoff walk to Jayson Nix and a single to Ramon Castro. Off relievers Jay Marshall and Brad Zeigler, the Sox bunted over Nix and plated him on a Beckham fielder’s choice ground out to tie the game at 7-7.

Matt Thornton and Octavio Dotel did their jobs to keep the game knotted at seven until the magical 10th inning in the wee hours of the night. Alexei Ramirez, leading off the top of the 10th, belted a Craig Breslow pitch deep into the leftfield stands. This solo shot would be all that Bobby Jenks would need to shut the A’s down in the bottom half and send sleepy-headed Sox fans off to bed in good spirits. Jenks forced washed-up Nomar Garciaparra into a 5-3 groundout to end the game in dramatic fashion with the winning run on first base. Credit Oh-Do Tell with the win (3-2), and Bad Bobby Jenks earns his 24th save. Craig Breslow gets the loss (5-6).

No TV on Saturday. Listen to Farmio and DJ on the radio or follow the game on WSI in chat or in the world-famous game thread. Go Sox…let’s sweep these bums.

Critic's Corner:
 The Sox keep pace with Detroit, still 2.5 games back (three in the loss column)

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