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Wrong Side of a Comeback

August 27, at Baltimore

Today's Sox Crew:
Not Quite Enough
Crew took care of business for 8/9 of the job but couldn't bring home the final result

Short Take: O's snap Sox's 6-game win streak on 2-run homer in 8th inning

The Sox had made a habit of living dangerously the past week, and although the results were hard to argue with (6 wins in 6 games), you knew their luck would eventually wear thin, which it did tonight in Baltimore, as the Orioles got the last laugh in a seesaw game to open this 4-game series between players in the American League play-off chase.  Despite clawing out of an early hole, the Sox were unable to hold onto their slim lead, taking a 4-3 loss.

Francisco Liriano took the hill for the Sox and was, well, not great.  He pitched into the 6th inning, but was his sometimes wild self, walking 4 and allowing 6 hits and was credited with 5 IP as he was pulled after allowing the 1st two batters to reach in the 6th inning.  That said, the stat that counts, zeros on the scoreboard, Francisco didn't have a bad night, as he allowed only a single run on a home run by Lew Ford (remember that guy?) in the 2nd that just barely cleared the wall in RF and just barely landed on the inside of the foul pole.  If baseball is the game of inches, then credit for for making the most of his, as he gave the O's an early 1-0 lead.

The Sox, though, as they have been all season and especially during this recent hot streak, proved resilient, thanks to both some excellent defense (A.J. Pierzynski and Liriano teamed up to nail Nick Markakis at the plate on a wild pitch, for instance) and finally, with the bats.  Still trailing 1-0 in the 6th, the Sox finally got on the board as Dewayne Wise lead off the inning with a single, Kevin Youkilis homered off Wei-Yen Chen to put the Pale Hose up 2-1.

It seemed the 6th inning would be the pivotal frame tonight, as the Orioles put their first two batters on base before Liriano was relieved by Jesse Crain.  Crain promptly walked the bases loaded and then walked in the tying run and with the bases still loaded and no outs, it looked like a case of how close the Sox could keep Baltimore with only 9 outs to work with, but Crain and his defense buckled down, and he put away the Orioles with no further damage done; the punctuation mark made by Alexei Ramirez who made a nice scoop and solid throw on a slow roller off the bat of Markakis to end the frame tied at 2.  It seemed like, thanks to the bullpen, momentum had swung back to the Sox's favor.

With the score still tied in the 8th, and runners on 1st and 3rd, Adam Dunn gave the Sox the lead, grounding a weak roller to 2B but thanks to some defensive confusion, not only did the run score, and Youkilis reach second safely, Dunn was able to plod into first with an infield single for his 89th RBI of the season and a 3-2 lead.  However, the Sox failed to score any insurance on the inning, which would prove costly minutes later when Brett Myers, pitching his 2nd inning, allowed a towering 2-run homer to Nate McLouth over the scoreboard in right field of Camden Yards as the Birds retook a 4-3 lead.  Baltimore closer Jim Johnson helped make things a bit interesting in the 9th as Alexei Ramirez, who reached on an infield single, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, but with the tying run in scoring position, Gordon Beckham grounded out to short to end the rally, game, and winning streak.

The loss drops the Sox 1/2 game closer to the idle Tigers who prepare to open a 3-game series in Kansas City before their pivotal weekend series against the Sox this weekend.  As for the Sox and Orioles, Game 2 of their 4 game set will be tomorrow evening as Chris Sale faces former top prospect Chris Tillman.  First pitch is at 6:05 PM and the game will be aired in Chicago on Comcast Sports Net.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 Well, you just can't win them all.

submitted by doublem23

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His 2-run homer in the 6th was the big blast of the night for the Sox, unfortunately, he can't pitch in relief, too

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