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Ninth Inning Blowup!

June 19 at Philadelphia

Short Take:  Keith Foulke the culprit in the last inning, again.

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JERRY'S HEAD

Does anybody on this White Sox team know their role anymore, Sox Fans?  After Jerry "The Tinkerer" Manuel makes some more bizarre decisions, it's hard for anyone to know what he plans to do next.  Imagine how his players must feel.  Sox lose 4-3 to Philadelphia allowing three earned runs in the ninth.

Oh yeah, and the Phillies only needed one out to do it, too.  Lord only knows how bad it might have been had they been given the regulation three outs, eh Sox Fans!

The sleepy Sox "O" made this all possible.  The Tinkerer tinkered some more for this one.  His players' minds must be spinning by now.  Slumping Jose Valentin was given the #5 slot, starting at shortstop and moving to third.  Carlos Lee has been heating up with the bat, so naturally the Tinkerer benches him.  Ray Durham bats sixth, gets two hits, and then gets benched.  Tony Graffanino gets pulled from third base and sent to second.  Ken Lofton is hurt, goes 0 for 5 in the leadoff spot.  Naturally he plays the whole game.

How many runs does all this tinkering accomplish?  Three.

We wonder if Jerry will ever decide that all this tinkering is bad if--as he already admits--it usually doesn't work?  How stupid is this manager?  We'll let you know when we've reached rock bottom, because clearly we aren't there yet.

Jon Garland went six innings.  He made one mistake, a dinger in the fifth.  Otherwise, he pitched more than well-enough to win.  Three hits allowed.  Manuel puts him on a pitch count and pulls him after six innings and 95 pitches.  He left with nothing but a tied game.  He's allowed three or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts, but has only two victories to show for it.  What must be going through this kid's mind?

Manuel has discovered an effective closer in Antonio Osuna, so naturally the stopper never even makes it into this game.  Keith Foulke made it through the eighth inning unscathed, so naturally Manuel leaves his new closer on the bench.

What the hell must Osuna be thinking right now.

Foulke manages just one out in the ninth.  By the time Manuel races out to the mound (for Rocky Biddle for reasons unknown), the game is all but lost.  The Tinkerer's post-game comments leave us and his players clueless what he was thinking.

Does Manuel even know what he is thinking?  The evidence is mounting this season that he doesn't


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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