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Jenks Continues Slide, Costs Sox the Series Sweep

August 16 at Oakland Athletics

KW's Daily Special:
Underdone Pork
There was just enough offense...until the ninth when Bobby Jenks failed once again.

Short Take:   The Sox led for most of the game, except for when it mattered- in the ninth. Jenks' shakiness continued, surrendering the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

This afternoon in sunny Oakland, the Sox looked for their first sweep of the A's in NorCal since 1997 and with Danks on the mound and the "regular" line-up in there, things were shaping up well. However, it wasn't meant to be, as Mark Ellis dashed the Sox's hopes of a series sweep with a game-winning homerun in the ninth. Sox lose, 3-2.

Trevor Cahill started for Oakland and it took five innings before the Sox finally figured him out. Once they did, they scored a couple runs and in this pitcher's duel, it looked as though two runs would be enough. Mark Kotsay led off the inning with a double to deep right and went to third on Jayson Nix's sacrifice. Kotsay scored the first run of the ballgame on Scott Podsednik's RBI triple. Gordon Beckham and Jermaine Dye were issued back-to-back walks, loading the bases for Jim Thome. His sacrifice fly scored Pods with the second run of the inning.

John Danks was excellent through 7 1/3 and not allowing the A's to score a run until the bottom of the 7th. With the Sox up 2-0, the lead was cut in half in the matter of a few minutes. Nomar Garciaparra led off the inning with a single and went to third on Bobby Crosby's double to deep left. Tommy Everidge went down on strikes, but Mark Ellis picked him up with a sacrifice fly, scoring Nomar.

The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the 8th when Dotel came into the game. He wasn't nearly as dominating as he was a couple nights ago when he was making A's hitters look foolish at the plate. With one out and John Danks still on the hill, Rajai Davis doubled, signaling the end of Danks' afternoon. Octavio Dotel was summoned from the 'pen and did not get the job done. After he got Kurt Suzuki to foul out, Scott Hairston doubled, scoring the tying run in Davis. Just like that, Danks' dazzling effort was wasted.

It was a "Do or Die" ninth inning- the A's did it and the Sox died. Ozzie Guillen went to Bobby Jenks in the ninth, looking for him to get the game to extras. It looked good, as he got Booby Crosby to fly out to center and Tommy Everidge to line out to right. With the first two guys up and out, it was up to Mark Ellis if the A's were going to walk this one off. Well, they did, as Ellis put one in the left field seats. Sox lose and squander yet another opportunity to game ground on division-leading Detroit.

Apparently the sweep wasn't meant to be, but the Sox still did what they needed to do, and that's play .500 ball on the road. The Sox now come home for six games against Kansas City and Baltimore before heading out on what is arguably their toughest road trip of the season. Mr. Perfection, Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.70) looks to get the Sox back on the winning track tomorrow night against Kansas City's Brian Bannister (7-9, 4.26). The first pitch will be thrown at 7:11p CDT at U.S. Cellular Field, and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Critic's Corner:
 Two stars, one for each run the Sox scored.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl

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