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More of the Same!

June 19 Vs. Boston


Today's temperature:
105
"More stupid decisions and another lackluster performance. Even Jerry didn't want to watch it, so he woke up just long enough to get tossed out."

Short Take:  Sox sleepwalk through another day game, squandering multiple chances and leaving Danny Wright asking, "Why me?"

Let's see... Can the Sox find more ways to blow ballgames? Maybe not. They've used all of them already and today, they used them all. The list of suspects is the same as it has been. Lack of timely hitting, lack of clutch pitching, failure to show patience at the plate, blaming the umps, stupid decisions by the manager and of course bunting skills that would make a little league team roll around on the ground clutching its sides in laughter. They even got some help in this game and still couldn't find a way to bring home the 'W'.

The game started off in typical day game fashion. After retiring Johnny Damon to leadoff the game, Danny Wright walked the next batter. Nomar Garciaparra followed with a routine grounder to third base that should have retired the side, but Joe Crede must have missed his morning coffee, because the ball bounced off his glove and rolled into foul territory. Wright - never one to let things roll of his back - promptly walked the next two batters to plate the games first run and then gave up a single to Kevin Miller for the first hit of the inning. The next two batters went quietly on a foul popup and a strikeout, but the damage had been done. Still, all was not lost. Wright sailed through the next 5 innings not giving up any hits, and only walking one. In fact through nine innings, the Sox pitchers combined to only give up that single basehit. Meanwhile the Sox offense again struggled to put runs on the board while being given opportunity after opportunity. They scored on their first run on a double play, the second when D'Angelo Jimenez made an out trying to stretch a single on the throw home and finally needed an error by Nomar to tie the score in the 6th. That coming after Carlos Lee hit into a 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and nobody out - the second time the first out of a double play (and the inning) has been recorded at home in as many days. Still, after 6 the game was tied at 3. Then the fun really began. The Sox got the first two men aboard in the 7th on a walk and a failed bunt where the pitcher threw the ball into center field. but Jimenez failed to bunt them over - popping out to third and Frank and Magglio both struck out. They then got a leadoff walk in the 9th, but Willie Harris bunted into a force at second before stealing second himself. However, Jimenez and Frank Thomas both struck out to end the threat. This lack of bunting skills is way past annoying. Four times they failed to successfully bunt a man over though one of them resulted in an error. Nothing was really left but for Billy Koch to come on in the 10th and give up the go ahead run before shutting the BoSox down. Magglio led off the 10th with a single but Paul Konerko (after failing to bunt twice) flied out to center and Carlos hit into another inning ending and in this case game ending double play. Sox fans could only shake their head... or blow up their TV set, take your pick.

Jerry Manuel got ejected today arguing balls and strikes. The plate was big, but it was a getaway day and the ump was at least consistently bad. Maybe this team should stop concentrating on how they are getting screwed and start concentrating on all the ways they are screwing themselves. "Road trip" to Wrigley starts tomorrow with the Sox Jon Garland going in game number one. It would have been nice to go into that series with a win, but maybe playing "That Team Up North" will bring out some emotion. Shades of 1999 would be just perfect, but until this team starts executing better, it is going to be 2 steps forward, 2 steps back...

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Josh Paul? Konerko pinch hitting again? Just twist the knife while your at it, Jerry.


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