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Sox Steal Series!

June 21 at Flubbies


Today's temperature:
99
"Another solid performance against the city rivals, but Jerry, please stop tinkering quite so much and find a way to use the bullpen better. You are giving us all heart attacks... ."

Short Take: Clement pitches poorly as Sox get off to big lead then steal a sign to seal the win.

Sox fans can be forgiven if they were a little nervous coming into today's game. You see, the Sox had blown the doors off of Wrigley yesterday outscoring the lovable northside losers 12-3. So, that meant it was time for Jerry Manuel to do some tinkering. Normally Sox fans expect to see a new face or two in the lineup everyday, but when the team that has struggled offensively all season long, finally catches fire, they figured maybe Jerry would take a break. No such luck. Jerry sent out his "righty wrecking crew" with 5 new starters (including the pitcher) and not a single player in the same batting slot as yesterday - except for Joe Crede and Carlos Lee. Thankfully, it turned out to be enough as the Sox jumped all over Matt Clement to run out to a 7-0 lead after 3.5 innings and (after much wringing of the hands and running for the heart pills by Sox fans) bringing home the game and series win, 7-6.

The game started calmly enough with Matt Clement striking out the side in the first inning. All three victims were new to the lineup today which means they were in the game just to face Matt which means they were almost guaranteed to fail. Jerry Manuel has had the kiss of death this year in his lineup changes, so one could only hope it wasn't a sign of things to come. In the second the Sox strung together 3 hits and a walk to score two, with Mark Buehrle "helping his own cause" (is that the correct NL term?) by singling in a run. The Sox scored one more in the 3rd and 4 in the fourth before Dusty Baker finally pulled Matt Clement. Of course nothing could stop this tinkerer's juggernaut, right? Wrong. The Sox got exactly ZERO hits the rest of the way and the Flubbies started to come back. Buehrle didn't get anymore hits, though he did reach base on a fielder’s choice later in the game. He worked 6.1 innings giving up 9 hits and 4 runs on 93 pitches. Tom Gordon came on to try and earn his post-game ice cream cone and he almost blew the game both innings he pitched allowing 4 hits in 1.2. Still, he handed the game to Billy Koch with a 2-run lead in the ninth. Billy promptly gave up a leadoff double and an RBI single, but with one out the Flubbies tried to steal second and the Sox appeared to steal the sign. Josh Paul took the pitchout and fired a strike to the second base bag to gun down pinch-runner Tom Goodwin. To keep things interesting, Koch then walked Moises Alou before retiring Eric Karros on a deep flyball to center - the only time all day that Karros didn't reach base - sealing the Sox victory and the series and sending the southside into a frenzy - the ones that were still alive that is...

This one was a real stress inducer. Sox fans were all thinking about the great comeback win last year at (then) Comiskey Park when they came back from an 8-0 deficit to win the second game of the series. The Flubbies lineup out hit and their bullpen out pitched the Sox, in fact if not for the dismantling of Matt Clement early in the game and the fact that the Flubbies bullpen had to pitch 8 innings on Friday, this one might have been different. How nice it was to see the other team melting down and making stupid base running mistakes. Late in the game the Flubbies twice ran themselves out of innings. In the 7th they led off with a single and a double, but for some really strange reason, third base coach Wendell Kim sent catcher Damian Miller home. He was thrown out by 10 feet and the Flubbies only managed to score 2 runs. Then in the ninth they tried the aforementioned steal of second. Dusty swore the runner was on his own. Josh Paul swears the Sox stole the sign. Whatever... Sox Win! Sox Win!

Bartolo Colon goes for the sweep on Sunday. Hopefully the Sox will send out a more normal lineup, but knowing Jerry, anything is possible...

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Where to begin? Josh Paul? No Frank? Totally different lineup and 5 different starters from the lineup that scored 12 runs yesterday. Sox need to send Matt Clement some flowers and chocolates because the after scoring 7 off of him, they didn't get a hit the rest of the way. This game was a tinkerer's special...


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