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September 24, vs. Cleveland


Today's Sox Crew:
The Big Donkey Home Builders 
When you're on the road all the time, you want to come home to a place you love.

Short Take:   Are you still alive?  Good, then you can read about tonight's 5-4 win over the Tribe.

Limping home from a nightmare roadtrip in which they dropped 5 straight games to Kansas City and Los Angeles and 2 games in the standings to Detroit since last Monday's electric make-up game winner, the Sox get their last taste of home cooking this week with 7 games against the Indians and Rays.  Tonight, with Chris Sale on the mound, it wasn't pretty, it wasn't easy, and at times, it wasn't even correctly umpired, but thanks to a pair of energizing home runs by Adam Dunn, the latter coming with 2 outs in the 8th inning and the Sox still trailing 3-2, they found a way to break their funk, beat the Tribe, and keep pace with the Tigers and cling to a 1-game lead in the division.  Buckle in for a wild ride, Sox fans.

With Sale facing Indians youngster Zach McAllister, it seemed like the pitching matchup favored the Sox heavily, but with a slumping offense, the Tribe was able to draw first blood in the 3rd when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a deep fly ball over the head of Alex Rios in right field, allowing Jason Kipnis (that little bitch) to score the game's first run.  The Sox, meanwhile, had their hands full with McAllister who retired the first 6 batters he saw and didn't allow a ball out of the infield until Dayan Viciedo laced a single into right field to lead off the third, but the Sox couldn't do anything with it as both Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham struck out, Beckham's being the first half of a strike-'em'-out, throw-'em-out double play to end the inning.

Sale persisted and survived thanks to some help from his defense and escaped several jams thanks to some timely double plays.  In the 4th, the Sox looked to draw even with Cleveland as Alejandro De Aza walked to lead off the inning and looked to score on a double down the left field line by Kevin Youkilis, but a solid relay from the Indians and an apparently missed call by the ump at the plate and De Aza was called out, much to the chagrine of Hawk Harrelson and the Sox marched on, down 1-0.

The offense finally came to life in the 5th.  With 1 out and runners at the corners, Alexei shattered his bat and grounded softly to his counterpart, Cabrera, who got Dayan Viciedo at 2nd but Kipnis was unable to get Ramirez at 1st, allowing Alex Rios to score and knot the game at 1.

Unfortunately, an inning later, the 180+ innings on Chris Sale's arm caught up to him, as Russ Canzler, playing in only his 22nd career Major League game, who Sale had twice walked Carlos Santana to face, got the better of him blasting a 2-run homer, the 2nd of his career, and putting the Indians up by a margin that seemed unconquerable considering how comatose the Sox offense has been for the better part of the month of September.

But, as the old saying goes, that's why they play the games on the field.  In the 6th, Dunn took McAllister deep for a solo shot to cut the deficit in half.  Two innings later, he stepped to the plate again, facing Vinnie Pestano, arguably Cleveland's best relief pitcher, with the tying and go-ahead run on base.  Strike 1.  Groan.  Strike 2.  GROAN.  We've seen this movie before, haven't we?  Except this time, Pestano's 0-2 pitch caught a little too much of the plate, allowed Adam to extend his arms a little bit too much, and 350-ish feet later, it was 5-3 and pandemonium erupted in the Cell.  Already knowing the Tigers had dispatched the Royals earlier and 4 outs away from ending the night in a tie, the Sox were back.

But this is never that easy, is it?  Matt Thornton started the 9th, allowed a lead-off single and HERE WE GO AGAIN.  Lou Marson, however, grounded into the ol' 1-6-4 double play, 1 out away.  A single by Ezequiel Carrera extended the inning to Shin-Shoo Choo, who called for LOOGY extraordinare Donnie Veal.  Alas, the 28th time was the charm for Veal, who allowed his first hit to a left-handed hitter all season, as Choo lined a double into the right field corner, scoring Carrera and putting the tying run in scoring position for notorious Sox-killer Jason Kipnis.  Tonight, though, wasn't a night for Sox killing.  A sharp ground ball to second that was momentarily bobbled by Orlando Hudson added one last flare of excitement but in the end, it will go down as a routine GO 4-3 in the record books.  Sox win, 5-4.

The win keeps the Sox a game ahead of Detroit and drops their Magic Number to 9.  The Sox and Indians meet again tomorrow afternoon, remember at 1:10 PM now to accomodate Yom Kippur as Francisco Liriano goes against Corey Kluber.  The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Net.  In Detroit, Bruce Chen makes the start for Kansas City against Anibal Sanchez.

Go Sox.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 I've been hitting the bottle pretty hard these last few days, so I think I saw a homer in the haze.

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