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Hello .500?

September 26 Vs Tampa

Toon Squad Update:
Droopy Dog
The Sox won... I'm... so... happy...

Short Take: James Shields pitches effecitvely and the bats stay hot.

So I guess the Sox finally hit that proverbial wall. They backed up as far as they can and they aren't backing up anymore. Too bad it happened so late in the season after all hope was lost and the only chance at .500 was to sweep the last 9 games. At least they are still on pace to do that as they managed to beat the Rays 7-1 tonight for their third straight victory to keep the faint hope of a .500 season alive.

Yeah that's right the Sox might still finish .500 if they can just polish off this 9 game win streak they are 1/3 of the way through. After getting shellacked on Friday by the Toons, they started to play some pretty solid ball. Tonight even James Shields got in on the act throwing 6 innings of 1-run ball. Yeah he gave up seven hits but only walked two and managed to strike out six. He didn't yield a home run for the first time in like the last ten years (or so it seems) and managed to pitch out of a couple of jams that might have opened the flood gates on him in other outings. His breaking stuff was actually pretty nasty and many of the swings were weak efforts by the extra hapless Rays. Five of the Rays hits tonight came from Mikie Mahtook and Jaff Decker, who scored the lone Rays run in the fourth. Shields shut down a potential rally in the first when a 2-out double bounced over the wall to prevent a run from scoring but Shields induced a harmless fly ball to end the inning. Shields then allowed three baserunners in the 3rd again, but a double play prevented any damage. Even in the fourth after a strike out was followed by a single, stolen base, another single and an error by Shields himself, he pitched over it by striking out the final two batters and limiting the damage to that single run, which at the time tied the game. In the 6th, Shields' final inning, he let the first two men reach base but then got a pop out, foul out and strikeout to end the inning and his outing. It wasn't pretty but it was effective.

When Shields left the Sox were only leading 3-0. Justin Morneau had driven in the first run of the game in the first on a sacrifice fly. Omar Narvaez hit another SF in the 4th to retake the lead and then Jose Abreu hit an infield single to score Carlos Sanchez in the 5th. After Shields left the Sox brought in the former gascan, Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle seemed to be back in mid-July form as he promptly walked the first two batters. With the Sox clinging to a 2-run lead Don Cooper paid a visit to the mound and Kahnle rewarded our rotund pitching coach by inducing an easy double play grounder to third. Jennings took the mound and promptly retired the final batter on a come-backer. In the bottom half of the inning Abreu walked with two outs and the Rays changed pitchers. Morneau then greeted the new guy rudely by depositing one over the right field fence and pretty much end the game. Nate Jones came on to pitch the 8th and after a double and single he induced a soft grounder to Abreu who nipped the runner attempting to score from third. An extra routine double play grounder then ended the last chance the Rays had.

The Sox completed the scoring in the bottom half of the inning when Carlos Sanchez hit an opposite field homer to score Narvaez with one out. With the game now comfortably in control the Sox went to Juan Minaya to pitch the 9th and he made short work of the helpless Rays 1-2-3. So that's the quick and dirty story of tonight's win that keeps the faint hope of a .500 season alive. I got to write about a winning game to boot. How cool is that? Game two of this four game set is tomorrow when Chris Sale looks to right his Cy Young chances against Alex Cobb. Game time is at 7:10 in Chicago which is where the game will be played. Tickets appear to be cheap and plentiful if you have the desire to catch one more before this season ends.

That's all folks:
 Watch they'll win out to finish .500 now...

submitted by voodoochile.

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