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Thanks, Ump!

June 12 vs. Oakland Athletics

Levels Finished:
Things got awful scary in the ninth again, but the Sox dodged a major fireball and managed to hang on by one run.

Short Take:   Phil Humber continued his streak of awesomeness, pitching seven innings of solid ball, and the offense provided just enough for the Sox to earn the rare Sunday victory.

Just what is it about the Oakland A's this year, anyway? Coming in to Sunday afternoon's game at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox had already blown three ninth-inning leads to those guys -- all at home. It appeared as though they were about to give the fans in attendance a repeat performance, as things got scary in the last inning once again. Thanks to some luck from the men in blue, the Sox got outta dodge and managed to leave home with a 5-4 victory.

Matt Thornton had pitched a solid eighth and trotted back out to the mound for the ninth to face David DeJesus. However, Bob Melvin called on right-handed hitter, Conor Jackson to hit for DeJesus, prompting Ozzie to summon Sergio Santos. Just two days prior, Santos coughed up the lead to these same A's, so fans all around the ballpark were on pins and needles. Rightfully so. Jackson singled and went to second when Scott Sizemore was issued a one-out walk. Jemile Weeks also singled, scoring Jackson and putting the tying run at second. With two out, Coco Crisp grounded to Brent Morel at third, who fired over to Mark Teahen at first. It was a bang-bang play, but Crisp was called out. He looked safe to everyone in the ballpark and as later replays showed, he was. Thanks for the win, ump!

Phil Humber (6-3) had himself another solid outing, but not before pitching through a tough first. The game began with back-to-back singles by Coco Crisp and Chad Pennington. Crisp later scored on a sacrifice fly by Hideki Matsui. A strikeout of Daric Barton to end the inning then began a string of 13 batters in a row retired by Humber. A solo homerun by the pesky Scott Sizemore in the seventh was the only other run surrendered by the Sox starter.

Most of the Sox offense came courtesy of a man who's been struggling this entire season -- Adam Dunn. The Big Donkey hit a three-run shot 396 ft. out into the right field stands off Oakland starter, Guillermo Moscosco (2-3), putting the Sox up 3-1. With the score tied at three in the home half of the seventh, the Sox went to work, finally delivering a clutch hit. Walks were issued to Mark Teahen and Alexei Ramirez, and what looked to be a routine 5-4-3 double play was hit by Carlos Quentin. Fortunately, Oakland's defense is atrocious and Sizemore threw the ball into center field, allowing Teahen to score the go-ahead run. An insurance run was tacked on, courtesy of a single from Paul Konerko, who continues to raise his batting average. When all was said and done, the Sox hung on with a 5-4 victory and finished 6-4 on the homestand and against Oakland this season.

Monday is an off day for the South Siders, who now find themselves just 3 1/2 games out of first, trailing both the Indians and Tigers, who are in a virtual tie. Gavin Floyd (6-5, 3.89 ERA) will take on Minnesota's Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.54 ERA) Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Twins are 9-2 in their last 11 ballgames, and hopefully the Sox left their fear of everything Twins in Chicago. The game begins at 7:10P.M. CDT and you can watch it on WCIU.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
 "Tank God the firz base ump had a plane to catch, oderwise we probably lose dee game."

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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