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Tony Pena to the Rescue; Sox Split Doubleheader

August 21 at Kansas City


Putz with another blown save

Short Take:  Tony Pena saves the Sox from bullpen decimation by going seven innings, while Ramon Castro provides some unexpected offense to lift the Sox to a 7-6 victory…after another extra-inning affair.

After the heartbreaking loss in Game 1 of tonight’s doubleheader, the Sox had their backs against the wall. Sergio Santos, Chris Sale, and Bobby Jenks were all called for relief work after Freddy Garcia’s gutsy 6.2 innings of work in the first game. With Tony Pena penciled as the starter of Game 2, Edwin Jackson not available due to last night’s rainout debacle, and JJ Putz nursing an inflamed knee, the only trusted relievers available were Scott Linebrink and Matt Thornton. Thankfully, Tony Pena made it a non-issue by going seven strong innings to help the Sox defeat the Royals 7-6.

The Sox took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning off KC starter Bryan Bulligton. Alexei Ramirez, in the 2-hole, doubled to leftfield and scored on an Alex Rios single. After stealing second, Rios moved to third on Paulie Konerko’s base hit and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Mark Kotsay. In the 4th, the Sox tacked on another run when The Cuban Missile drove in former Royal Mark Teahen with a sac fly, taking a 3-0 lead.

The Royals came back in the 4th with four quick runs to take the lead. After retiring nine straight batters through the first three innings, Tony Pena had a momentary meltdown, giving up five straight hits, followed by a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. With the Royals ahead by a run, Ozzie trusted Pena and stayed with him, and Pena responded by settling down to retire the next nine KC batters through the 7th inning. The White Sox scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead again, highlighted by a two-run bomb by Ramon Castro. Brent Lillibridge would follow up Castro’s blast with a double and score on another RBI-single by Alex Rios, giving the Sox a 6-4 lead.

Scott Linebrink relieved Pena in the 8th, giving up a solo homer to Gregor Blanco (his first of the season), cutting the Sox lead to 6-5.

JJ Putz, achy knee and all, was called in for the ninth inning. After striking out the first two batters, Putz gave up a triple down the right field line to Mitch Maier. On cue, Yuniesky Betancourt came to the plate with the tying run on base and delivered a single up the middle. 6-6 tie. Extra innings.

The Sox bounced back quickly in the 10th when Gordon Beckham lead off with a single, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Ramon Castro and was driven home with a clutch two-out double by Juan Pierre. JJ Putz came back out to work the bottom of the 10th and finally closed the door.

TBGR Diary:
 The Sox climb back to 4.0 games out, but lose two games off the schedule.

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