White Sox finish off Red Sox, 7-5

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Game over: White Sox 7, Red Sox 5

Matt Thornton retired the Sox in order for the save. Chicago sweeps and the Sox drift further away.

Back later with a report from the clubhouse.

Middle of the 9th: White Sox 7, Red Sox 5

Manuel walked Beckham and Pierre to force in two runs. White Sox sent 10 men to the plate and scored four runs. All with a runner on second and two outs.


Top of the 9th: White Sox 5, Red Sox 5

What a debacle. Rios walked with one out and stole second. With two outs, Quentin had a bloop to center that got past a diving Kalish. Rios scored and Quentin went to second as the Sox failed to cover the bag. Ramon Castro followed with an RBI single.

With Papelbon having thrown a career-high 48 pitches, Francona called in Dustin Richardson. He walked Teahen. Now Robert Manuel is in to face Beckham.

That’s seven blown saves for Papelbon.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 5, White Sox 3

Facing Scott Linebrink, Hit Machine Adrian Beltre doubled off the wall, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a slow grounder by Bill Hall, who had a dogged nine-pitch AB. Now Papelbon has some cushion.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

Papelbon hit Manny (just brushed him, really) with a 2-2 fastball. But he struck out Beckham and got Pierre to fly to left.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

Alexi Ramirez fouled out to left. Manny Ramirez will pinch hit. Now Papelbon is in to try and get a five-out save. Pap against Manny should be fun to watch. Good thing it’s baseball and not the SATs.


Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

Shocking. Hit-Me Okajima gave up a leadoff hit to Pierzynski, a lefty hitter. You get what you deserve bringing this guy into a tight spot.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

Oh, those gutty Red Sox. Victor Martinez started his salary drive with a two-run blast over everything in left off Buehrle. But the six outs left to get won’t be easy, particularly with Hideki Okajima on the mound now.

Middle of the 7th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

Beckett walked Pierre on four pitches to start the inning. Pierre then stole second. With one out, Beckett tried to pick Pierre off and threw the ball into center field. Pierre went to third. After Rios walked, in came Daniel Bard

After Rios stole second, Konerko struck out. Quentin then hit a shot back to the mound that struck Bard and rolled away toward third base. He retrieved the ball and made an off-balance throw to first base that got by Mike Lowell. Two runs scored.

Red Sox pitchers have committed way too many errors this season. It’s beyond embarrassing at this point and smacks of inattention to detail on their part. They have 19 errors, the most in the majors by a pitching staff. That’s way too many.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

Hall singled to center and took second when the ball skipped past Rios. But Navarro fouled out to end the inning.

Beckett back out for the seventh.having thrown 100 pitches.


In the words of Clark W. Griswold, “This is crazy, this is crazy.”

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

Kotsay doubled off the wall with two outs. But Beckett whiffed Beckham for his ninth strikeout. That’s a season high.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

McDonald (3 for 3) had another single. But Buehrle shut the Sox down from there. He is at 88 pitches. No neither starter has been economical today.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

Beckett had his first 1-2-3 inning. He has thrown 86 pitches through five innings which stinks. But with a little luck, he could go another two.

What a weird line for him so far: 5 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. He has struck out every Chicago batter once outside of Juan Pierre.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0

1-2-3 inning for Buehrle. The lefty doesn’t mess around, he gets it back from the catcher and is into his delivery a few seconds later.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

Beckett got two two quick outs before Beckham and Pierre singled. But he struck out Vizquel to end the inning. Weird game for Beckett in that he has allowed eight hits but also has struck out seven.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

The Sox just matched their output of yesterday’s doubleheader by scoring two runs. McDonald and Lowrie had one-out singled. Martinez popped to center but Ortiz sat back on a 3-2 changeup and ripped it to the gap in right for a two-run double as Lowrie hustled around from first.

Hitting machine Adrian Beltre followed with a single but Lowell strick out.

Middle of the 3rd: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0

Beckett allowed a leadoff single by Vizquel then a double by Rios. But he escaped. When Konerko grounded to third, Beltre threw out Vizquel at the plate. Beckett then struck out Quentin and Pierzynski.

Beckett has allowed six hits. But he also has struck out five.

Top of the 3rd: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0

Beltre singled with one out. Hall then drew a two-out walk (his first walk in 85 plate appearances dating back to July 28). Navarro lined to first to end the inning.

Middle of the 2nd: White Sox 1, Red Sox 0

Beckett allowed three straight hits by Quentin (double), Pierzynski (single) and Alexi Ramirez (single) to score a run. But Beckett came back to strike out Kotsay and Beckman before getting Pierre to ground back to the bound.

Top of the 2nd: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0

McDonald led off with a single but was picked off. Lowrie popped to center and Martinez flied to right. The Sox have scored two runs in their last 21 innings.

Middle of the 1st: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0

Beckett allowed a one-out double by Vizuel but struck out Rios and got Konerko to pop to second. No Manny in the Chisox lineup. He must be busy apologizing to people.

Top of the 1st: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0

We’re underway here at Fenway. Another terrific day (72 degrees, a little breeze, plenty of sun) and it’s an interesting pitching matchup as Josh Beckett faces Mark Buehrle.

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