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Colon Crumbles, Sox Take Advantage

August 12 vs. Oakland Athletics


Today's Sox Crew:
Takin' Care of Business
Explain: Even without Konerko and Youkilis in the lineup, the Sox starting nine took care of business, laying the groundwork for a victory.

Short Take:   Chris Sale was dominating, striking out 11 in 6 2/3 innings of work.

After a tough loss on Saturday when the Sox surrendered the lead late in the game, the South Siders looked to take two of three from the Athletics on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. In front of a crowd of 25,106, they pinned their hopes on Chris Sale. The lanky lefty came through, pitching 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball while striking out 11 in what was a 7-3 victory for the Sox.

Sale (14-3) was dominating from the beginning of the game. He retired 11 in a row after uncorking a wild pitch on a third strike to Josh Reddick in the first. Other than allowing two solo home runs, Sale scattered four singles in his 6 2/3 innings of work. After a 114-pitch effort, manager Robin Ventura went to Nate Jones, who pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Though it wasn't a save situation, Addison Reed pitched the ninth, allowing only a solo home run to Derek Norris.

It was a reunion of sorts for the Sox as they faced off against their former teammate on two separate occasions in Bartolo Colon. Colon (9-9) held the Sox at bay for the first five innings, allowing only an unearned run in the third, courtesy of an error by Chad Pennington at short, which resulted in an Adam Dunn sacrifice fly. Once the sixth inning rolled around, the Sox seemed to solve their former mate, plating five runs on six hits. Highlights of the inning included a two-run home run off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski. The Sox catcher added to his career-high in long balls by hitting his 23rd of the season. With the Sox now leading 3-1, they kept the line moving. Dayan Viciedo doubled with two outs, then DeWayne Wise (yes, that DeWayne Wise) and Ray Olmedo hit back-to-back singles. Wise drove Viciedo home with the third run of the inning. After an intentional walk was issued to Alejandro De Aza, Gordon Beckham came through with a clutch base hit, scoring two and giving the Sox a 6-1 advantage.

With the score 6-2 going to the bottom of the seventh, the Sox scored their seventh run in the most bizarre of ways. A.J. had led off with a single and when Alexei Ramirez grounded out to short on a 3-2 pitch, Pierzynski, who was going with the pitch, advanced to third. Both the shortstop and third baseman went for the ball, vacating the base. When Oakland's catcher saw that, he ran to third, leaving home plate wide open! A.J. saw the scoring opportunity and took full advantage, accounting for the Sox seventh run of the game.

Thanks to some help from Texas on this Sunday afternoon, the Sox opened up a two-game lead on the Detroit Tigers, who lost to the Rangers. The Sox now take their division-leading record up to Toronto for four games at Rogers Centre beginning Monday night. Jake Peavy (9-8, 3.08 ERA) will take the ball for the Sox and he'll oppose Toronto's Carlos Villanueva (6-2, 3.30 ERA). The first pitch will be at 6:07p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
KW Appreciates The Game:
I'd like to personally thank the Oakland A's for their hot garbage defense. Without your idiocy, I'm not sure we would have won this game.


submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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