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Jenks Implodes, Sox Suffer Worst Loss of the Season

May 9 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Juan Pierre
Bobby Jenks

Faced four batters in the ninth, retiring none of them, blew the save, and earned himself a chorus of boos.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd had another sub-par outing, but fortunately, so did Toronto's Rickey Romero, and the Sox took advantage! Unfortunately, Bobby Jenks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

It seems as though every time the Sox win these days, a loss is almost an automatic on the following day. Since the Sox won last night relatively easily, a loss was expected on this Mother's Day afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. With Ricky "Cy" Romero, who held the Sox to just one hit last month, going for the Jays, things did not look good on paper. However, the Sox rose to the challenge they faced in Romero and drove his pitch count up high, forcing him to exit in the sixth, and they scored seven runs this afternoon. Unfortunately, Bobby Jenks blew his first save of the season, costing his team a winning homestand and their second victory in a row. The final score was Blue Jays 9, Sox 7.

The scoring began in the second inning of this contest, but for the Jays. Vernon Wells led off the inning with a double and went to third on Alex Gonzalez's fly out to center. Wells scored when Jose Bautista doubled to right, giving the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead that would end up being short-lived, as the Sox took the lead in their half of the second. Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin led off the inning with back-to-back singles and each moved up a base on Jose Bautista's passed ball. The struggling Alexei Ramirez struck out, but Ramon Castro walked, loading the bases for Jayson Nix. Despite not playing all that often, Nix got a pitch to hit and singled in Rios, tying the game at one. Juan Pierre followed with a base hit of his own, bringing Quentin home with the go-ahead run. The Sox added one more on Gordon Beckham's ground out, giving the Sox a 3-1 lead.

Gavin Floyd was on the mound for the Sox and, as he has been for most of this season, was shaky. Floyd gave those three runs- and them some- right back to the Jays, as they took a 5-3 lead in the top of the third. Jose Molina was hit by a pitch and went to third on Aaron Hill's double to left. Adam Lind's single brought home both Molina and Hill, tying the game at three. With Adam Lind at first, Vernon Wells drove one deep and out of the ballpark, making it a 5-3 ballgame in favor of the Blue Jays. However, credit goes to the Sox for fighting back with a run in the home half of the inning. Paul Konerko led off with a walk and went to second on Alex Rios's base hit. Ricky Romero's wild pitch allowed the runners to move up 90', leaving first base open for TCQ, who walked, loading the bases for Alexei Ramirez. The Stick ended up being a rally killer, as he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. However, it wasn't a total fail, as Konerko scored the fourth run on the afternoon for the Sox.

An interesting home half of the seventh inning ended up putting the Sox ahead by one. With one out, Alex Rios homered to left, tying the game at five and putting the crowd right back into the ballgame. Following the home run by Rios, Quentin doubled and Shawn Camp intentionally walked Alexei Ramirez. Camp was given the hook after that in favor of Scott Downs. A.J. Pierzynski was then called upon to pinch-hit and grounded out to first, moving Ramirez and Quentin to second and third, respectively. Jayson Nix walked, loading the bases, and Juan Pierre was hit by a Downs pitch, putting the Sox up, 6-5. The Sox scored an insurance run in the home half of the eighth, courtesy of Alex Rios and TCQ. Rios worked the count to his favor for a walk and his speediness paid off when he scored on Quentin's double and gave the Sox an insurance run. They were winning 7-5 and it looked as though they were about to win their second game in a row for the first time in over two weeks. But, it wasn't to be.

This insurance run proved to be irrelevant, as Bobby Jenks came into the ninth and almost immediately blew the save and then some, prompting a chorus of boos from the disgruntled fans. Travis Snider led off with a ground rule double and went to third on John Buck's single. Fred Lewis followed and drove a Jenks pitch way out of the ballpark, giving the Jays an 8-7 lead. The nightmare continued when Jenks allowed a single to Aaron Hill. Ozzie had seen enough and went to get Jenks (though it was too little, too late), who retired not a single batter, in favor of Scott Linebrink. Linebrink didn't stop the bleeding soon enough. He allowed a single to Alex Gonzalez, allowing Aaron Hill to score an insurance run for the Jays, and just like that, they had a 9-7 lead. The Sox had one more chance in the home half of the ninth, but it would have to be done off Cub cast-off, Kevin Gregg. Naturally, the Sox went quietly and just like that, the Sox guaranteed themselves another losing homestand. Another Sunday, another epic fail.

After a 3-4 homestand against the Royals and Blue Jays, the Sox head out of town for a seven game road trip that will take them to Minnesota, Kansas City, and Detroit. The road trip will start Tuesday night in Minneapolis when the Sox send Freddy Garcia (1-2-, 5.28 ERA) to the mound against Minnesota's Kevin Slowey (4-2, 3.93 ERA). The first pitch from brand new Target Field will be at 7:10p CDT and you can watch the game on WCIU.

TBGR Diary:
 The Sox can't get it firing on all cylinders- either the pitching comes through and the hitting fails, or vice versa.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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