History Repeats Itself as Another Duke Retires the Side with the Bases Loaded and No Outs at Fenway

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Today’s News

Last Night’s Highlights

Zach Duke thwarted a bases-loaded Red Sox rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and Jose Abreu‘s rocket double to right-center drove in Avi Garcia and Adam Eaton in the top of the 10th as the White Sox prevailed, 3-1, at Fenway Park. David Robertson earned his 17th save with a scoreless 10th and starter Miguel Gonzalez tossed a strong 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on four hits.

Deja Vu 11 Years Later

The circumstances were much different. The first time it was in a decisive playoff game, the other in a June regular season contest. But the common denominators in Game 3 of the American League Division Series and last night’s White Sox-Red Sox game were that the heroes were Dukes (in two languages), our Sox defeated their Sox and it happened at venerable Fenway Park.

In the sixth inning of Game 3 in the 2005 A.L. Division Series at Fenway, the White Sox’ Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez–the Spanish-speaking version–came on with the bases loaded and nobody out to preserve a one-run Sox lead. He dramatically retired the Red Sox’ Jason Varitek, Tony Graffanino and Johnny Damon in order and pitched two more scoreless frames as the Sox went on to clinch the Series that night, 5-3. It quickly became one of the iconic moments in franchise history.

Last night, in the very same venue, Zach Duke–El Duque’s English-speaking counterpart–faced a Boston team with the bags loaded and nobody out in the ninth inning when any old kind of a run would win the game for the Red Sox.

Duke proceeded to strike out pinch-hitter Dustin Pedroia, get Christian Vasquez to ground into a force out from fifth infielder Tyler Saladino to Alex Avila at the plate and struck out pinch-hitter Ryan LaMarre to end the threat and send the game into extra innings. It wasn’t the playoffs, but it was a game our Sox wanted and needed badly.

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Quote of the Day

Duke on his pitching heroics:

“It was a little bit stressful, but to be handed the ball in that situation and get the job done, that’s what we live for as players.”

Remainder of the Series

Tonight (6:10 p.m., CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (11-2, 2.94) for our Sox, RHP Clay Buchholz (3-6, 5.86) for the Red Sox. Sales aims to become the majors’ first 12-game winner.

Tomorrow Night 6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) — Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.63) for our Sox, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.97) for Boston.

Thursday Afternoon (12:35 p.m CT, WGN) — Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-9, 6.28) for our Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) for the Red Sox.

Photo of the Day

Seeing these images never gets old. El Duque demonstrates his emotion shown after retiring the side in the sixth inning of the third and decisive game in the 2005 Division Series. And here’s how the moment has been commemorated on the monument in Champions Plaza outside U.S. Cellular Field with El Duque reprising the moment.

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