Short take: Is it over yet?
Is it even possible to recap all the stupid mistakes committed by our Sox
during this 4-3 loss to the Indians? This was a tough one to lose and it
becomes ever more difficult to find silver linings amongst all the dark clouds
of the 2001 season.
Once upon a time, the Sox had the lead in this game. Jon Garland
had a two-hitter going through five innings. The Sox couldn't do
anything with rookie starter Ryan Drese until finally in the fifth inning when
Jose Valentin doubled home Royce Clayton and Mark Johnson
for a 2-0 lead. That's where the good baseball ended. Next came
the dumb stuff.
Still in the fifth with two out and Jose Canseco at the plate,
Valentin inexplicably tries to steal third base. He's out, the inning is
over, and Canseco goes back to the bench without an rbi opportunity with two
Cleveland bounced right back in the sixth as the Sox failed to shut the
door. A lucky bounce, a stupid walk, and an rbi double led to the
Tribe's first run. They would score three runs in total, taking
In the seventh, back-to-back doubles by Royce Clayton and Jeff
Liefer got one run back, but Ray Durham fails to get a bunt down
and makes the inning's first out with a grounder. Valentin walked but Magglio
Ordonez was next, watching strike three cross homeplate without lifting
the bat from his shoulder. Konerko ended the threat with a flyout.
Konerko joined Canseco, Carlos Lee, and Chris Singleton as a
quartet of Sox hitters in the middle of the line up held hitless.
Should we mention the three errors by the Sox (two of them by Valentin) or
another passed ball for Josh Paul? Nah.
Corpseball the rest of the way. Cleveland can hardly miss the
division crown given the level of the competition.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
4, scored two runs. Didn't bat anybody in, but nobody else did
much in that category for the Sox either.
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