Sox implode, Tribe wins
Short take: The season in a
The Sox imploded Monday nigh. They fell behind, bounced back, and
imploded. Cleveland didn't win this game so much as our Pale Hose lost
it. That's the story of this entire season. The Sox aren't a
championship-caliber team and obviously neither are the Cuyahoga Chokes.
The Chokes simply aren't as adept at finding ways to blow ballgames. Sox
lose 6-3. Only the most wild-eyed optimists have any hope left.
"We're just two plane crashes away from..."
What happened, Gary Glover? You had the lead and appeared set
to earn the win, just four hits and one earned run across the first five
innings. Thanks to the improbable heroics of Josh Paul and his
two-out, two-rbi single, you were saved from a 1-0 deficit. Along with a
Ray Durham sacrifice, you had a 3-1 lead entering the fateful sixth
Aw crap Sox Fans, you know what came next.
The roof caved in on Glover. A lead-off triple and yet another stupid
fielding error by firstbasemen Paul Konerko, and Cleveland was off to
the races. Glover fed his gopher and suddenly the Sox were down 4-3.
Fielding errors by our firstbasemen and a pitcher who melts in a pressure
situation? Does anyone else see parallels to that fateful night in the
HumpDome last June when Keith Foulke was nursing a lead?
The rest is like a bad nightmare. The Sox played corpseball starting
in the fifth inning. 1-2-3--out! 1-2-3--out! The top four
hitters in the line up (Ray Durham, Carlos Lee, Magglio
Ordonez, and Paul Konerko) were a combined 0 for 14 at the
plate. You know it's bad when Josh Paul and Royce Clayton
are the two guys carrying your offense!
Meanwhile the Sox bullpen was doing a fine job securing the defeat.
Everyone's favorite punching bag, Bob Howry, watched his first
watermelon sail over the wall and into the Sox bullpen. A pathetic
two-out rally in the ninth by our Sox was harmlessly done away with when Carlos
Lee popped up to end the game.
We've been doing this for five months now. Is any Sox Fan really THAT
surprised. Didn't think so.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
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with two runs batted in with a 2-out single, the only clutch hit by
the Sox all night.
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