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August 24 vs. Seattle Mariners

Today's Sox Crew:
Implosion Supervisors
Peavy leaves with a 7-2 lead and looked to finally be on track for a win, but the bullpen pressed the detonator while in the building they were demolishing, and only the quick bats of Youkilis and Konerko averted major disaster.

Short Take: The Sox finally get Jake Peavy run support, but the bullpen trolls Peavy hard by allowing 6 runs in the 9th inning to deny him of his 10th win, but the Sox showed their resiliency by overcoming the bad pitching and winning it on a walk-off single by Konerko that caused two Mariner outfielders to collide.

So, where to begin? The Sox came back to the park Friday after an off day on Thursday to host the red-hot Seattle Mariners, winners of their last eight games. This was probably the wackiest game of the season, as the Sox turned a 7-2 lead into an 8-7 deficit in the 9th inning, only to pull it out with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to give the Sox a 9-8 dramatic comeback win.

Jake Peavy was the starting pitcher for the Sox this evening, going against the Mariners' Jason Vargas. The two teams went back and forth the first two innings, as Seattle got an RBI single in the top of the first off the bat of Michael Saunders to drive in Dustin Ackley. However, Adam Dunn would have none of that, and in the bottom half of the inning, he crushed a bomb over the center-field wall to tie the score at 1. The Mariners' Trayvon Robinson responded in kind in the second to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead, which was then erased in the bottom half on an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez. Starting in the third, Peavy shut down the Mariner bats, and the Sox kept putting the wood on Vargas. In the third, after a Kevin Youkilis walk, Dunn came up and swatted his second homer of the game to right center, giving the Sox a 4-2 cushion. The home run binge kept on in the fourth, as Ramirez followed suit with a two-run bomb of his own to make it a 6-2 Sox lead. Finally, the Sox would tack on one more in the fifth off of an A.J. Pierzynski sacrifice fly to make it a 7-2 lead.

Peavy was on track to finally collect his 10th win of the season. He finally got run support, and when he was lifted in the 8th for Matt Thornton, he got a nice ovation, because there was no way the Sox would blow this lead. After Thornton pitched a 1-2-3 8th, it looked even better for Chicago's favorite Alabaman. Then came the top of the 9th...

Philip Humber started the inning, and in what has become a trend, promptly served up a leadoff homer to Jesus Montero to make it 7-3. Still, it seemed the Sox had enough of a cushion, so no one worried. After a flyout and a walk, Humber was lifted for Donnie Veal, who lasted all of one pitch (a double to Robinson) before getting lifted. Runners on second and third as Addison Reed came in to try to nail this one down...and nail this one down he didn't. After walking Brendan Ryan to load the bases, Ackley came to the plate. Despite his overall mediocre hitting, he was hitting something like .675 with the bases loaded, and he added to that by lacing a rope right over Gordon Beckham's head to score Justin Smoak and Robinson, and advance Ryan to third. 7-5 Sox, and runners at the corners, one out for Saunders, who walked to once again load the bases. Kyle Seager came up and launched a deep fly ball to center that Dewayne Wise was able to track down, but Ryan would score to cut the deficit to one. John Jaso came on for the Mariners as their last hope. Reed looked to have him down, but then proceeded to throw a 0-2 meatball right down the heart of the plate. Jaso laced it into right field. Ackley came home to score, and when Rios tried to throw it to third, the ball bounced past Youkilis' glove and got past him, which scored Saunders as well. The comeback was complete...the Sox were trailing 8-7, thanks to a massive bullpen implosion. Reed finally got Montero to strike out in his second at-bat of the inning, but the damage was done.

Now it was time to see what the Sox are made of. They had just blown a 5-run lead in the ninth. Would they fold like a cheap tent, or would they put up a fight? No one would have blamed them if they had gone down meekly...your bullpen losing a huge lead is one of the most demoralizing things an offense can encounter. Tom Wilhelmsen came on to try to save the game for the Mariners, and the oft-maligned Gordon Beckham was up to start the inning. Backham grounded to Ryan, who couldn't hold make a clean play, as Beckham reached base on the infield single. Dewayne Wise followed that up with a rare walk, and then Youkilis came up. He took two strikes, and on the 2-2 count, roped a base hit to center, scoring Beckham and tying the game at 8! Wow, that was efficient. Dunn came up to bat, and was aiming to make it a 3-HR day, with his last one being of the walk-off variety. He got his pitch, but he juuuust missed it, as he flew out to the warning track in left. For some odd reason, Wise did not tag up and run to third, as the left fielder Robinson was backpedaling to the ball, and doesn't have a good arm to begin with. That brought up Konerko, who proceeded to drive the first pitch deep to the right-center gap. Center fielder Saunders and right fielder Thames converged on it, and as it looked like Thames had the ball caught, they collided violently, causing the ball to slingshot out of Thames' glove and roll to the vacant center field grass! Wise would come home to score, and the Sox win!! As Hawk would say, MERCY! Between the fly ball that missed his glove and hit his face earlier this season and the collision that cost his team the game, Michael Saunders is going to have serious nightmares about the U.S. Cellular outfield for a while. This win was huge, as the Tigers lost to the Angels, so the Sox pad their lead to 2.5 games in the division!

After this craziness, let's shoot for a true laugher, shall we, Sox? A 7:05 start tonight, as the M's Blake Beaven (a.k.a. the guy who went against Philip Humber when he pitched his perfecto) goes up against Jose Quintana. The Sox are going for their 5th straight win, and hopefully they can get it! GO SOX!

KW Appreciates The Game:
"A resilient offense is a hallmark of a good team. A weak bullpen isn't. Humber, Reed, in my office, now."

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