Short take: Graffanino does it all!
Who is this guy? The way Jerry Manuel has managed this team, it's
little wonder Sox Fans can barely remember him. On a team that can't run
the bases, Tony Graffanino can. On a team that measures defensive
prowess by fielding percentage, Tony Graffanino stops rallies with his
glove. And on a team that can't get a key hit with men on base to save
its soul, Tony Graffanino delivers.
No wonder Jerry Manuel never plays the guy.
The Sox won 8-7 over K.C. Manuel seems intent to keep playing all his
usual guys while prospects ride the pine. They managed to fall behind to
the worst team in the division and appeared dead until a four-run fifth inning
keyed by a pair of rbi singles by Jose Valentin and Magglio Ordonez,
topped by a two-run dinger by Jeff Liefer. The Sox took a 6-5
To hell with young pitching prospects, Jerry Manuel figures he needs
to get Alan Embree's head right. Somebody please break the news
gently to the Sox manager that he doesn't have a lefthander in his
bullpen. Embree promptly blows another lead giving up a two-run
tater. It's stupid managerial decisions like this that have turned so
many fans against Manuel this year. Typical stuff, really.
So it was left to some late-inning heroics by the Sox hitters to win this
game. With one out in the eighth, Jeff Liefer discovered what
happens when you keep the bat on your shoulder for a fourth pitch out of the
strike zone. Eureka! Sox Fans, can we hope hitting coach Gary Ward
and slumping slugger Carlos Lee were paying attention in the
So Manuel wakes up long enough to send Tony Graffanino in to pinch
run. Why not versatile Josh Paul? Maybe Manuel has learned
something since May after all. We Sox Fans had our doubts.
Graffanino alertly advances to second base on a wild pitch, tags up and
advances to third on a deep popout, and scores on Mark Johnson's
infield single. Wow--just like they teach you in Little
The game tied in the ninth, Paul Konerko draws another of those
new-fangled walks and Manuel looks at his line up card for a pinch runner
again. Versatile Josh Paul was yesterday's hero so the rules
prevent Jerry Manuel from playing him in this game. Of course nobody
besides Manuel is aware of this rule, but why argue? Manuel's choice is
Never a dull moment at Comiskey when Manuel is at the controls.
Royce delivers. A stolen base and an advance to third on an
error. Nobody would ever mistaken this collection of trash from Kansas
City with the world champions who left town yesterday.
Up to the plate came our man Tony. His first pitch single was the
only hit of the inning and made the Sox winners. Good for him!
Should we Sox Fans expect Tony in tomorrow's line up? Nah.
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Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
two-out rbi single in the ninth wins the game. Also ran the
bases flawlessly to score the tying run in the eighth, and made a
diving catch to prevent the leadoff man to reach base in the ninth!
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