Short take: No thanks to Jerry!
The cakewalk of easy opponents in August continued for the Sox with the
series finale in Tampa Bay. For all the talk Jerry Manuel has fed the
media and Sox Fans about the need for the team to put together a string of
wins, it's debatable how much the Sox skipper is contributing towards the
team's winning efforts. The 3-2 victory Jerry's Sox won Sunday most
certainly would have been a loss against nearly any other
Jerry the Tinkerer fields another loser line up and squeaks out a
win. Who does Jerry Manuel think he's kidding anymore? Certainly
nobody in the clubhouse can be buying their manager's misguided thinking, can
Starting at shortstop and batting eighth, Royce Clayton.
Secondbasemen Ray Durham is limping through his worst season of his
career teamed with this guy. Predictably there was another lame
performance for our leadoff man. He reached base once in four at-bats,
striking out on another.
Starting at shortstop and batting eighth, Royce Clayton. Jose
Valentin plays out of position, shoved to third base. He goes 0 for
4 with three strikeouts. So our #1 and #2 hitters are a combined 1 for 8
with four K's.
Starting at shortstop and batting eighth, Royce Clayton. Mark
Johnson gets the start behind the plate giving the Sox line up a less than
lethal #8/#9 combination of Clayton and Johnson. Each left runners in
scoring position with two out. They managed one hit in eight plate
Starting at shortstop and batting eighth, Royce Clayton. The
defensive specialist committed an error. Clayton's batting average is
only .233 yet it still fell today, practically a mathematical impossibility if
he can get just one lousy hit which of course he failed to do. Meanwhile
Herbert Perry sits, just like he has most of the 2001 season while Jerry
the Tinkerer allows Royce to pursue The Dream of reaching his pathetic
.259 batting average.
Is it starting to make sense, Sox Fans? Your team is a .500+1 because
that's the way Jerry Manuel manages it. Jerry the Tinkerer can't
even use the lame excuse that Royce is "hot" to keep putting him in
the line up. His limp bat once again shines through now that Royce's
pathetic little rally back from the abyss of an .098 batting average is
The Sox won this game in spite of Jerry Manuel and whatever twisted
thinking he employs five full months into the season to ignore the reality
everyone else sees plainly. Royce Clayton sucks and he's ruining
our formerly championship ballclub.
Magglio Ordonez came to the plate with two out in the first inning
and calmly planted the 1-0 pitch in the left field seats. He also batted
in the Sox's second run with an infield single. Jose Canseco
provided the winning margin with a right field dinger in the sixth inning.
Jon Garland pitched into the seventh inning allowing just two runs
on six hits for the win. Alan Embree got an out and earned a hold
as did Kip Wells for 1.1 hitless innings. Keith Foulke
made short work of Tampa Bay's anemic line up for his 35th save. Imagine
if Keith could work against Jerry Manuel's line up!
Monday is an off-day in Detroit which is sure to bring more whining from Ed
Farmer. Tune in Tuesday to hear it and find out what new impossible
leaps in logic Jerry the Tinkerer employs in his mono-drone post-game
If he's lucky they're only laughing at him in the clubhouse; more likely
they're pissed. Sox Fans can relate!
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including a first inning dinger and an rbi single giving the Sox their
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