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Gaggin' on Twinkies

(September 25)  

Short take:  Same as ever.

Joe Mays beat the Sox and why are any of us surprised?  The Sox lost in disgusting fashion to the Minnesota Twins, and why are any of us surprised about that either?  The Sox blew a lead, caved in a game they really wanted to win, and lost again to a team with a record over .500.  Nothing surprising about any of this.  Sox lose 4-2.  

Be thankful it was only two runs.  The Twins committed two errors and left the bases loaded in the eighth inning.  The Sox collapse could easily have been much worse.

Gary Glover carried a perfect game into the sixth inning.  He was spotted a 2-run lead thanks to Jose Valentin's 26th homerun of the season.  Still the Sox could do nothing more with "Cy" Mays or the rest of Twins' less-than-vaunted bullpen.  The Sox managed just two hits the last six innings.

So it's no surprise the paper thin lead didn't hold up.  Torii Hunter led off the sixth inning with a solo homer to break up the perfect game, no-hitter, and shutout with one swing of the bat.  The Sox looked to rally in the seventh after Royce Clayton led off with single.  However Mark Johnson could not get the sacrifice bunt down, and Clayton was tossed out trying to steal second.  Ray Durham grounded out harmlessly to end the inning.

Sox Fans, from this point forward it was just a matter of time.

It didn't take long.  The Twins batted around in the eighth, with Glover giving up another solo dinger, Bob Pulsipher walking his only batter faced, and Bob "Gas Can" Howry doing what comes naturally--blowing ballgames.  

In Howry's defense, he should have gotten out of the inning on a bang-bang play at first base that went Minnesota's way and a subsequent rundown that went awry.  Mark Johnson had Luis Rivas trapped off third base but failed to get him out when he threw the ball into Rivas' back.  Could the Cubs have executed this play any worse?

The next batter up was Doug Meinzekukeiyrwucjewicz (or whatever his name is) who batted in the two winning runs with a soft looper.  Now Sox Fans, who among us didn't see that coming?

The Sox go down 1-2-3 in the eighth and 1-2-3 in the ninth.  Not even a pulse on our guys.  No surprise, really.

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