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Hudson Struggles in Loss

July 25 at Oakland Athletics

Paul Konerko
Gordon Beckham

Konerko had the only extra-base hit for the Sox, while Bacon went 0-for-the afternoon, striking out three times.

Short Take:   Daniel Hudson didn't help his trade value any, and the offense came up short late, yielding a loss.

This afternoon's ballgame was going to be a deciding factor in a couple areas -- whether the Sox would finish this ten game road trip with a .500 record and if they'd be able to win a series in Oakland. A win would have guaranteed the Sox would come home no worse than two games ahead of the Twins and Tigers. As it turned out, the Sox didn't finish the road trip .500, nor could they win the series finale at McAffee Coliseum, losing 6-4.

This was Daniel Hudson's (1-1) third start for the Sox since being called up after Peavy's season-ending injury three weeks ago, and today's outing resembled his first one before the All-Star Break. Hudson went deep in counts and frequently fell behind hitters, resulting in a high pitch count by the fourth inning. His offense had given him a 1-0 lead in the first, courtesy of a Paul Konerko double, but Hudson failed to hold the slim lead. Oakland plated four in the home half of the second, thanks to two walks, three singles, and a wild pitch. Just like that, the Sox 1-0 lead had evaporated and became a 4-1 deficit. The score remained 4-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Hudson gave up another run, this time due to two more singles. It was now 5-1 and things weren't looking good for the Sox.

Hudson wasn't long for this game, and was relieved by Erick Threets in the sixth. Threets retired the first two batters he faced in Matt Carson and Cliff Pennington, but the base hit he gave up to Coco Crisp ended up turning into an unearned run when Threets made a throwing error at second. The score was now 6-1 and it seemed as thoguh the Sox were just going to give up. Not true!

Dallas Braden (5-7), who hadn't won since his perfect game at the beginning of May, showed he was human in the top of the seventh when he made a couple mistakes early, on which the Sox capitalized. A.J. Pierzynski and Andruw Jones led off with back-to-back singles, effectively chasing Braden. With one out, Juan Pierre singled, scoring A.J. Alexei Ramirez followed with a base hit of his own, bringing Jones around with the third run. A single by Alex Rios brought the fourth run home in Pierre, but it just wasn't enough, as the Sox dropped this contest 6-4. Despite the loss, an encouraging part of this ballgame occurred in the bottom of the eighth when Bobby Jenks worked a scoreless inning and showed signs of getting his pitches over. Maybe he's on his way to returning to the Jenks we know he can be.

This was a long road trip and the Sox are glad to be back home for a week. A 4-6 trip isn't great, but the Sox still hold sole possession of first place, so it wasn't all bad. Tomorrow night, the Sox begin a four game series with the Seattle Mariners, who they just saw last week. John Danks (10-7, 3.37 ERA) has a tall order ahead of him at U.S. Cellular Field, as he'll face off against the tough Felix Hernandez (7-6, 2.75 ERA). The first pitch will be at 7:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

TBGR Diary:
 A 4-6 road trip to Minnesota, Seattle, and Oakland isn't great, but the Sox are still in first place! It could have been worse....

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