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Danks Deals, but Offensive Slumber Returns

September 6 vs. Boston Red Sox

KW's Daily Special:
Raw Dollar Dog
Sox lose, Detroit wins... right on cue.

Short Take:   Despite John Danks taking the mound and giving the Sox another gutsy performance against the tough Boston Red Sox, it wasn't enough; the offense resumed the slumber we've seen so often.

After winning four consecuitve games for the first time in what seems like ages, Sox fans started to have those What if... thoughts and feelings. What if this is the beginning of that run we haven't seen all year...; If they can win eight of their next ten and Detriot starts to slide, maybe we can close the gap. The only What if... thought the Sox fans had this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field was, What if Podsednik wouldn't have been doubled off second in the bottom of the first... the momentum probably wouldn't have shifted. From that moment on, Lester found his control and quieted the Sox's bats for the first time in four days. In the end, the Red Sox outscored the White, 6-1.

The first inning started off a little rocky for John Danks, but after running his pitch count up into the low twenties, he survived a leadoff single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a Victor Martinez walk. The bottom of the first looked like things have appeared for the last several days for the Sox. Scott Podsednik led off with an infield single and went to second when Jayson Nix walked. The momentum was definitely in the White Sox's favor... that is until Podsednik was doubled off second after Paul Konerko popped out to short stop. Not only did that kill the momentum, but the Sox went from runners at first and second with nobody out to Nix at first with two outs. Like Sox fans have seen countless times, the team went quietly after that double play; Jermaine Dye fouled out to right, ending the only threat the Sox would mount this afternoon.

From there on out, it would be all Red Sox. In the top of the fourth, Jason Bay led off the inning with a single and scored on Mike Lowell's two-run home run to left. It was 2-0 Red Sox and it would only worsen from there. An inning later, Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield single and went to second on Dustin Pedrioa's sacrifice. With one out, Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch. Jason Bay followed with a single to left, scoring Ellsbury and moving Youkilis to third. It was 3-0 Red Sox and just when Sox fans thought that'd be all the scoring that would take place on the afternoon, they were proven wrong. Surprisingly, the Sox managed to put a run on the board, courtesy of Ramon Castro. With Billy Wagner on the mound in relief of Jon Lester, Castro put one in the left field seats for the only White Sox run.

With the score 3-1, Boston felt it necessary to double their score, courtesy of Octavio Dotel. He got J.D. Drew on strikes to lead off the inning, but then Alex Gonzalez doubled to deep left. Jacoby Ellsbury walked, then Dustin Pedrioa lined out to right. With two out, Victor Martinez delivered the crushing blow in the form of a three-run shot to right. And that's how this one would end; 6-1 in favor of Boston. With Detroit plating four in top of the ninth in St. Petersburg, the White Sox fell to a season-low eight games out of first place; playoff hopes are all but officially gone.

The Sox look to take the series tomorrow afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, even though it looks as though it'll be meaningless at this point. Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.86) will try, once again, for his first win since the Perfect Game in mid-July, and he'll oppose Boston's Josh Beckett (14-5, 3.87). The first pitch will be thrown at 1:05p CDT on this Labor Day and the game will be broadcast on CSN and MLBN.

Critic's Corner:
 One star for the one measley run they managed.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl

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