Sweep Scrap Heap!
(September 4) Game Two.
Short take: No fight left in Phil!
It was like a dream come true for Jerry Manuel. For the first
time since training camp broke in Tucson last March, the Sox skipper got to
play his entire J.V. team. The line up featured such bench-warming
luminaries as Tony Graffanino, Herbert Perry, Josh Paul,
and Triple-A call-up Joe Crede. You half-expected Manuel to be
pacing the dugout with a whistle around his neck and clipboard in his hand.
The ultimate under-appreciated member of the pitching staff got the spot
start, too. Sean Lowe was sent to Charlotte last April, battled
all the way back to earn a rotation spot back in July, and was inexplicably
relegated again to the bullpen last month. He made the most of his
chance to shine, pitching a two-hit shutout for five innings leading the Sox
to a 4-0 victory to sweep the Tigers in the second game of a twi-night
Phil Garner, where's the fight?
Just like Game
One's 10-1 victory, the Sox jumped to a quick lead. The drilled
Detroit pitching slug Adam Pettyjohn in the second inning for two runs on
three hits keyed by a two-rbi double by Aaron Rowand and an rbi-single
by Joe Crede.
That's all Sean Lowe would need. He gave up two harmless
singles in five innings work. He earned his seventh victory of the
season thanks to solid bullpen help from Alan Embree, Kip Wells,
Bob Howry and Keith Foulke. They allowed just two hits
across the final four innings of the game.
Yeah, these Tigers are toothless.
The season-long quest to get Royce Clayton back to his career .259
batting average was finally achieved. The #8 hitting shortstop smashed
through the barrier in impressive fashion, going 3 for 4 with a double and a
run scored. Less impressive was the top of Jerry Manuel's line
up. Carlos Lee went 0 for 4 batting in the #2 hole. Leadoff
man Tony Graffanino was 0 for 3 with two K's.
You know it's bad when you miss Ray Durham.
The series continues Wednesday with the Sox now focused on catching the
over-achieving punks from Minnesota for second-place in the division.
Sox Fans, we owe those guys BIG TIME!
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
unexpected spot start with virtually no rest, goes out and pitches
five scoreless innings allowing just two hits while striking out three
and walking one. Of course Jerry Manuel doesn't want him in the
bullpen, the latest in a string of goofy decisions by the Sox skipper.
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