The New Chicago Marathon

0, thats exactly how many runs the rookie phenom closer Jonathan Papelbon has given up this year on the road. No longer does that statement hold true, with 2 outs in the 9th inning, in a 3-2 game, Jose Contreras’s winning streak 1 out away from ending. Jermaine Dye at the plate and drives a 0-1 forkball from Papelbon to the bullpen in left-field to tie the game at 3-3. That would only be half the runs the White Sox needed to beat the Boston Red Sox in 19 innings today. The Red Sox would take a 5-3 lead thanks to a 2 run single by Mark Loretta in the top of the 11th with 2 outs. You would think it’s over wouldn’t you? WRONG. The ChiSox rally for 2 more in the bottom of the 11th thanks to the speed of Alex Cintron breaking up a double play, and a Jermaine Dye Double to right center.  The Game went back and forth, lead off men getting erased on double plays, blown bunts, blown calls, you name it, it happened in this game. Until the the bottom of the 19th when Gooch hit a high fastball off of Boston reliever Rudy Seanez and got it through the hole on the left side of the infield to bring home Alex Cintron from 3rd and send the White Sox to the All-Star game on a high note. Lost in all the madness was the incredible job our bullpen did in holding the Red Sox to 2 ER over the last 13 innings. Both came off of Bobby, but since he was forced to pitch 3 innings instead of his regular one, it’s fine. The streak lives on, and it makes its way to Yankee Stadium on Friday where Jose must face his old team to keep his streak going. Also don’t forget Home Run Derby tomorrow at 7 on ESPN, and All-Star Game on FOX at 7 on Tuesday.


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