Konehead da man!
Short take: Walnuts hot, Buehrle
If it seems like an eternity since the Sox last played in Tampa, it's
because it has been an eternity. A week short of Labor Day, our Pale
Hose make their first appearance at Tropicana Field. It would have been nice
to schedule some games against the patsy Devil Rays when the final score might
have meant something in the standings. Sox Fans just have to chalk up
another "what if" to this season. Sox win 5-4.
It's good to know Tanyon Sturtze still isn't worth any more than utilityman
Tony Graffanino which the Sox traded for last year. Sturtze is
Tampa Bay's #1 starter with eight wins, went into the ninth inning but got
nothing but a loss for the effort.
If Tropicana Field were a prison (and the dark dank atmosphere isn't too
far removed from a lock up), then Paul Konerko would own Tanyon for the
price of a pack of smokes. Paulie Walnuts went 3 for 4, getting the Sox
started with a second inning solo dinger, gave the Sox the lead again in the
third inning with a bases clearing 3-rbi double, and a leadoff single in the
sixth, scoring the game's deciding fifth run.
Sox Fans, can't you can just imagine Sturtze wearing prison stripes, his
pants pocket turned out, and that silly look on his face?
Meanwhile Mark Buehrle was proving himself human. He went 6.2
innings allowing eight hits and four earned runs. His ERA got fluffed up
to 3.06 en route to his team-leading twelfth victory. Kip Wells
and Keith Foulke earned a hold and save respectively for shutout
performances to preserve the win.
Jerry Manuel broke up the SS/2B combo of Jose Valentin and
Ray Durham again. It's obvious the man will never learn. His
slumping leadoff man won the game Wednesday and his long-forgotten shortstop
won the game yesterday, but no winning solution is beyond getting ruined by
Jerry the Tinkerer this season.
Royce Clayton struck out three times, managed to get a hit in the
fifth for a ridiculous 1 for 4 performance, thus raising his anemic .231
average. Next we'll have to hear Hawk Harrelson tell us how hot Royce
has been the last two months. Too bad the Sox have been playing for over
four. What a joke.
Who do these two idiots think they are fooling? We aren't Cubs fans,
The Sox are 64-63, a game over .500 and just a 2.0 games from second-place
Minnesota. Too bad Cleveland is eight ahead. What if...
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4, a triple short of the cycle, and 4 rbi's. Walnuts owns Tanyon
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