Short take: Graffanino again!
The Sox took four hours to win this game, left 14 runners on base, and blew
the lead twice, but still managed to beat Kansas City 5-4 in ten
innings. Are we this good or are the Royals that bad?
Jon Garland was spotted a nice 1-0 lead thanks to nifty rbi triple
by Chris Singleton. He kicked the lead away in the fifth allowing
three runs on four hits, but hey--no errors! Mark Johnson looked
fastball on the first pitch and stroked a solo shot dinger while Jose
Valentin singled home Ray Durham to tie the game in the fifth.
The Sox looked to blow the game open in the seventh when Valentin led off
with a walk. Jerry Manuel went to yesterday's hero Tony
Graffanino for pinch running duty then watched as Tony advanced to second
on a groundout then scored on Paul Konerko's single. The Sox had
the bases loaded but couldn't push another run across the plate. Hasn't
that been the problem all season?
Here comes Bob Howry, and there goes the lead. It's not just
that Howry blows ballgames, it's how he does it from the moment he steps onto
the mound. A leadoff single and a double does the deed this time.
Can we send Howry home for an early winter vacation?
Manuel tempted fate bringing Keith Foulke into another tied
game. He also left him in for two full innings. Given the state of
the Sox bullpen, maybe he had no choice?
Thankfully it all worked out. Ray Durham hit what was surely a
game-winning homerun to right-centerfield, but the wind knocked it down.
Centerfielder Carlos Beltran demonstrated why his team is one of the worse in
baseball, running all the way to the warning track, then inexplicably
attempting a basket catch. It was a three-base error and nearly brought
Durham home with an unearned in-the-park homerun. As it was he stood at
third base with nobody out.
In a season seemingly devoid of situational hitting, up strode Tony
Graffanino. He took two balls then sat on something good, content to
get under the pitch. Easy does it! Durham scampered home, Sox
teammates ran on the field, and Tony got a shaving cream pie in the
face. Apparently Paul Konerko doesn't like Graff's copy-cat
Whatever. All those "W's" look alike in the win
column. The Sox their 77th one of the season.
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