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A Matter of National Security

June 24 vs Washington

Levels Finished:
Sox had nine lives for a while before a fireball ended their night.

Short Take: Mark Teahen hit a three-run homer to send the game into extras, but after a series of Sox comebacks, the Nationals eventually prevailed 9-5.

What was the security part that the title of this TBGR is referring to? It's the fact the Sox could neither secure the lead or hold the Nationals securely where they were. Edwin Jackson deserved a better fate. He pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing only five hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. The major problem was Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann also pitched seven innings of shutout ball, primarily because we have too many weak hitters in our lineup that can't get runners in from scoring position with less than two outs. Washington took over against our bullpen in extra innings and won the first game of this series 9-5.

The Sox really screwed up a golden opportunity in the bottom of the first to score some runs. The Sox had runners on first and third with NOBODY out. Alexei Ramirez started the garbage fest by hitting a weak ground out for out one. Paulie then hit screaming line drive, but it was right at Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for out two. Then it was all academic at that point as Adam Dunn struck out to end the inning to the surprise of, uh, nobody.

The second scoring opportunity lost was in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Dunn hit a long fly ball to center that was going over the fence, but Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina made a sensational leaping grab to keep it in the ballpark.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Sox had Rios on second and Lillibridge on first after Brent was hit by a pitch. With one out, Gordon Beckham, who can't catch up to anyone's fastball, struck out. Juan Pierre hit a soft liner to first to end the inning. Just maddening.

Washington would finally end the 0-0 tie in the eighth. Nationals first baseman Mike Morse hit a long two-run homer off Sox reliever Brian Bruney to make it 2-0.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the Nationals up 3-0, the Sox would make a push. AJ Pierzynski and Brent Lillibridge both singled off of Washington closer Drew Storen. Pinch hitter Mark Teahen, who's hitting .197 with 1 homer on the season, came up and sent a Storen pitch into the left field stands to tie the game at 3 and send the crowd into a frenzy.

In extra innings, it was cat and mouse from there. Sergio Santos came in to pitch in the tenth only to hang a piece of crap to Laynce Nix who sent it into the right field stands to put them up 4-3.

In the bottom half, the Sox loaded the bases with Omar Vizquel scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4. Of course, Lillibridge struck out and Teahen fouled out to continue the garbage of not scoring with RISP and less than two outs.

In the twelfth inning, Jesse Crain gave up Washington's fifth run on a double by Nationals LF Brian Bixler

The Sox again answered! AJ Pierzynski homered to left off of Washington reliever Tyler Clippard to once again tie the game, this time at 5-5.

It all fell apart in the top of the fourteenth inning. Matt Thornton came in for his second inning of work. Brian Bixler of Washington reached on an infield single and immediately stole second. Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a grounder to Alexei Ramirez, who then threw the ball away allowing Bixler to score to make it 6-5. The Nationals then scored three more runs, highlighted by a Ryan Zimmerman double to go up 9-5.

Fitting to the Sox offense, they ended the game on a double play by Alex Rios.

Sox and Nats play the second game of the series Saturday, June 25th at 3:10 p.m. John Danks will face Tom Gorzelanny. The game will be on Fox.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Greg Walker assure me that even the 1927 Yankees weren't very good with runners in scoring position. I think he right, too, when he said Rios and Dunn would be better than Gehrig and Ruth if they played in '27. That why Walk is here, he works hard on bunting and is so smart."

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