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Sox Alive!

April 27 Vs. Minnesota


Today's temperature:
78
"Another bad call by the umps leads to Jerry getting tossed in the first inning. The rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated."

Short Take:  Big strike zone, aggressive baserunning and Esteban Loaiza too much for slumping Twins.

Well the game got off to a rousing start today as Jerry Manuel decided enough was enough after another blown call by the first base ump in the top of the first inning. A soft ground ball was fielded by Esteban Loaiza who then tagged Christian Guzman just before Guzman's foot hit the bag, but the ump, seemingly concentrating on the bag ruled Guzman was safe. Manuel was actually running as he came out of the dugout and got right up in Doug Eddings' face. Jerry was clearly upset and it didn't take long for Eddings to gave him the thumb. Jerry didn't say much else, though he didn't just trot back to the dugout either. He didn't kick dirt or rant and rave but it wasn't that kind of situation. Having made his stand and satisfied his critics, Jerry quietly left the field and the game. Loaiza proceeded to allow a second baserunner, but ended up striking out the side and setting the tone for the rest of the game.

Offensively neither team did much today as the home plate ump seemed anxious to get out of town. The huge strike zone was more than adequate for both pitchers to make short work of the opposing team. Loaiza worked another solid 7 innings striking out 8 and walking none. The offensive star for the Sox (if there can be such a thing when the team only gets 5 baserunners and sends 28 men total to the plate) was Jose "follow my lead" Valentin who drilled a shot into the rightfield seats in the bottom of the first to spot the Sox to a 1-0 lead. They added another in the second on a walk, an error and a fake double steal with Brian Daubach diving across the plate as AJ Pierzynski's throw to second sailed off into centerfield. Imagine that - another team making big errors that cost them while the Sox take advantage. After that there wasn't much action. The lone Twins run coming on a bloop single to left with 2 outs and the Sox adding one in the bottom half of the same inning on a nice single by Carlos Lee after he appeared to be fooled on the pitch.

No one will ever know what finally dragged Jerry Manuel off the bench and convinced him to make a stand. It might have been the article in the Tribune this morning which pointed out he has to make the playoffs to keep his job. It might have been the fact that Kenny Williams was in attendance, sitting in the stands. Kenny's comments in that aforementioned article described how he nearly broke a bone in his hand when Joe Crede's non-homer earlier in the week was ruled foul. It might even be that Manuel is reading the posters at WSI, but whatever it was Jerry finally stood up for his team. Bravo Jerry. Even if it isn't your style, there are times it has to happen.

Without Jerry on the bench, the Sox looked a bit different. They pulled off a fake double steal with one out in the second and made it pay off. In addition, they didn't just automatically bring in struggling closer Billy Koch to start the 9th, opting instead to let Damaso Marte (who looked great in the 8th) finish the game for his first save of the season. The game was very fast lasting only two hours and that seemed fine with everyone involved. The Sox are off on Monday and the Oakland A's come to town on Tuesday. Here's hoping the life the Sox showed this weekend carries over until then.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Daubach playing first for the second straight game steals home. Graffanino gives Crede the day off. Rios seems to be the starter in center for the moment


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