Drowned in a Puddle
Short take: Josh Paul the hitting
How bad is it when your back-up catcher hitting in the #9 spot is your
hitting star? Furthermore how bad is it when he is the star against a
pitcher with 16 losses and a personal seven-game losing streak? You
don't need me to tell you how bad it is, Sox Fans. We all lived the same
nightmare together. Sox lose to mighty Chad Durbin and the anemic Kansas
City Royals 3-2.
How'd we ever score two?
Josh Paul has been reduced by Jerry Manuel to a traditional back-up
catcher's role. He is no longer trusted on the base paths as a pinch
runner. Failing to throw out base stealers or block pitches in the dirt
allowing runners to advance are now Josh's stock and trade. So more than
a few of us Sox Fans were surprised to see Josh be the one to finally solve
the trash pitching slug Durbin was throwing. It came with two out in the
third inning. As most homeruns go for our Sox, there was nobody on base.
Gary Ward must teach 'em to hit them that way.
Sox starter Jon Garland was pitching well enough to win. He
allowed just one hit across the first four innings. The lack of support
finally got to him, allowing two runs and four hits in the fifth. The
Sox strung together two singles and a sacrifice in the sixth to tie the game
again at 2-2. Garland retired the Royals in order in the sixth and still
had a chance for the win.
Not a chance as much as a prayer. Durbin issued two walks the next
inning and the Sox still couldn't get a hit or a run. Next Jerry
Manuel went searching in the wasteland that has become the Sox middle
relief staff and found cannon fodder named Alan Embree to pitch the
Bada bing! Embree serves the watermelon that makes the Sox losers, a
3-1 dinger to Gregg Zaun. The Sox manage just one hit the last two
innings. Zzzz... Zzzz... Zzzz...
Ray Durham, Jose Canseco, Carlos Lee, and Royce
Clayton were a combined 0 for 13. Jose Valentin was picked
off first base. Way to mail it in, guys.
More scintillating action from these two teams again tomorrow.
Hey Sox Fans!
Coming Sunday to White Sox
Interactive: a retrospective on the "Improbable Nightmare" of the
1967 Sox season. They won with pitching and defense and not
much else. Written by Dan Helpingstine, author of the new book...
"Through Hope and
Despair -- A Fan's memories of the Chicago White Sox, 1967-1997"
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shot dinger to stake the Sox to an early lead, finished 2 for 3.
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