July 9, 2006


Sox drop in 19 to Chicago (Michael Silverman, 7/10/06, Boston Herald)

If anyone goes into baseball withdrawal over this three-day All-Star break, they can refer back to the box score and play-by-play of yesterday’s Red Sox-White Sox series finale for a fix.

This 19-inning game had it all, and it was the Red Sox who came out on the losing end, 6-5, some 6 hours, 19 minutes after it began with Jose Contreras’ first pitch to Kevin Youkilis. And 568 pitches later, Rudy Seanez threw a one-out, bases-loaded pitch to Tadahito Iguchi, whose single put an end to a long day and the first half of the Red Sox season.

Considering the Red Sox had already won the first two games of the series and, at 53-33, are still three games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East, the loss did not create a pall over the visitors’ clubhouse.

Still, as baggy-eyed players sought the advice of traveling secretary Jack McCormick on how to re-schedule missed flights back home, the loss still looked painful. [...]

The White Sox had more chances as the game wore on but splendid defense kept the game tied. The highlight was third baseman Alex Cora tapping third on a ground ball and then making an off-balance throw to first for a double play to end the 17th inning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2006 8:35 PM

Does he play for Italy or France?

I keed, I keed!

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at July 9, 2006 8:48 PM

Off of Papelbon, too.

Kudos to you, former Omaha Royal.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 9, 2006 9:29 PM

Red Sox had plenty of chances to win this one (19 innings). Then again the pundits were predicting a sweep of the Red Sox by the White Sox so the Sox shouldn't feel too bad taking 2 easily and almost the 3rd.

Posted by: AWW at July 9, 2006 9:58 PM

Well. if you're going to lose a 19-inning game and burn out your bullpen, doing it right before the All-Star break is the best possible moment.

Posted by: John at July 9, 2006 10:26 PM

And Ray Clutts owes me a Tigers hat to go with the Mets cap Matt Cohen got me.

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2006 12:15 AM

Meanwhile, the White Sox have won 57 games at the ASB, the same as last year when they were crowned World Series champs. Don't be too quick to count them out.

And, yes, they've won 5 of 6 from the Tiggers.

Posted by: the wolf at July 10, 2006 6:21 PM

Ozzie hadn't determined to destroy his starters in last yewar's 1st half. The bill comes due in this year's second as they've all shown recently.

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2006 6:41 PM