Short take: Stayin' Alive!
What's this--a Sox rally? The Sox had plenty of them, and good
thing. No lead seems safe when facing the primates that make up Charlie
Manuel's line up. The Sox scored early, often, and most importantly,
more than Cleveland. Offense carries the day in a 10-7 Sox victory.
As is so often the case, the key was the leadoff man. Ray Durham
has never gotten his game together this season but his performance this game harkened back to a happier time when the Sox scored runs in gobs. Ray
Ray was always in the middle of those rallies. Tonight was no exception.
It was Durham leading off the game with a single and scoring on Magglio
Ordonez's rbi double. It was Durham who batted in Jeff Liefer in
the second inning and Royce Clayton in the fourth. It was Durham's
triple in the fifth that brought home two more runs.
Not everything was clover for our Sox. Royce Clayton batted
into a double-play but had the good fortune to receive a gift-rbi when the
boneheaded Tribe catcher thought he had a force out at home on a play
requiring a tag out. It was an obvious mental gaffe that the official
scorer failed to rule an error. Clayton got another rbi when his bouncer
back to the mound was deflected by the pitcher off his glove leaving the
infielders with no play. It was our defensive specialist who was
so slow with Durham on a double-play grounder, he didn't even bother throwing
it to first base--a wise move given his arm strength. It was Clayton
again miraculously avoiding a fielding error on a shot that bounced OVER his
glove into left field on a ball that so played him, he actually jumped to his
right to avoid catching it in his chest. No error.
Considering all of Clayton's miscues in the field and 2 for 3 with 2
ribbies line score, it's clear to anybody who watched the game, not even the
maestro of weak ballplayers, Mike Caruso, could have turned in a softer
performance that looked good in the box score. He left the game after
aggravating his pulled hamstring. So much for assertions regarding his
durability. Pretty lame any way you cut it.
Rocky Biddle made sure Sox Fans sweated for his entire six innings
of the game. Kip Wells made a perfect punching bag for Tribe
hitters in his 1+ inning of work. Bob Pulsipher was pulverized,
too. The score was 10-7 with just one out in the Indians' eighth inning.
Against all probability, Bob Howry settled things down and of course
Keith Foulke was his reliable self to shut the door in the ninth,
earning his 38th save.
Sox live for another day. Same teams tomorrow.
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