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Law of Averages

May 2, at Cleveland


How was the trophy defended today?
Can't look like a World Champ every day.

Short Take:  After dominating the Indians in Cleveland for last 2 years, it was about time they won a game in their own house.

The last time the Sox lost in Cleveland, the date was April 14, 2005.  Eerily, the weather was a big part of that game, as the temperatures at the Jake dropped to the 40's, and Orlando Hernandez  had a rough first inning as the Sox could not close the book on a sweep.  On Tuesday, Mark Buehrle couldn't find his A-game, and a crooked number in the first inning sealed his fate.  The Indians finally defend their home turf, beating the Sox 7-1.

The game also marked the first outing for Indian starter C.C. Sabathia, who hadn't thrown a pitch in the big leagues since leaving early on Opening Night in Chicago.  After breezing through Pablo Ozuna, Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko in the first inning, Travis Hafner again came up big against the Sox and staked his starter to an early lead.  Buehrle retired Grady Sizemore, but a walk to Jason Michaels and single by Jhonny Peralta put ducks on the pound for the Tribe's most feared hitter and he did not disappoint the home town fans, launching a 3-run homer to right field.

The Sox meanwhile, got in the habit of stranding baserunners.  Yes, they went down 1-2-3 in the first, but the next three innings, the Pale Hose constantly were getting on against C.C. but could not find the hit to cut into Cleveland's lead.  Through the first four, they left 5 on bases, 2 of them in scoring position.  The Sox finally got to Sabathia (barely) in the 5th inning.  With the rain coming down and staring down the potential of letting the game go official and being on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the Sox notched two quick outs before Iguchi, Konerko, and Rob Mackowiak reached to load the bases.  Joe Crede tapped a slow grounder to first that 99% of the time would have ended the inning, but with a chunky pitcher chugging trying to cover the bag, Indian first baseman Eduardo Perez tossed to Peralta at short... who wasn't covering second, allowing Iguchi to score.  No fear, Alex Cintron ended the inning with a slow roller back to the pitcher, but the Sox trailed by only a pair.

There was actually a point in this game when things looked good for the Sox.  Since the first, Buehrle had settled down, allowing only three hits over the last three innings, and with Sabathia making his first start of the year since coming off the D.L., you knew Eric Wedge and the Tribe training staff would keep him on a shorter than average leash.  But...  immediately after the Sox got on the board, the Tribe put the game out of reach.  In the fifth, with Jhonny Peralta on second and a pair of outs, Victor Martinez singled to center field.  With the field wet, Peralta slowly turned the corner down the third base line and Brian Anderson came up throwing.  Though it ultimately tailed a bit up the first base line, replay did show that Chris Widger definitely put the tag down on Peralta before his foot slid across the plate, but umpire Jerry Meals called him safe.  Martinez scored on a single by Eduardo Perez and the rout was on.  The Tribe added two more off Buehrle in the 6th and Cleveland was up 7-1.  Mark couldn't even get through the 6th inning, closing his day at 5 2/3 IP, and 7 runs on 13 hits.

If there was a positive to this game, it was Boone Logan.  For the first time since Spring Training, he looked like he knew what the hell he was doing, working 2 1/3 innings, fanning  FIVE, including striking out the side in the 8th inning.  In other news, two Sox starters were forced out of action with injury concerns.  Jermaine Dye was pulled for Mackowiak due to tightness in his left calf (the same injury that sidelined him for a handful of games early in the year).  Chris Widger also left.  In the fifth, he was hit in the head with a bat.  Widger stayed in the game, and even doubled in the 6th, but would not be back to catch in the bottom half of the frame.  Complaining of a headache and upset stomach, A.J. Pierzynski handled duties behind the plate for the last few innings.

All in all, kind of a bla loss.  The Sox wrap up their West Coast/Cleveland 8-game road trip with a 5-3 record.  They return home today in anticipation of the Seattle Mariners tomorrow night.  Freddy Garcia looks to continue his own personal 4-start winning streak against his old team against Gil Meche.  The game will be aired on WCIU and first pitch will be at approximately 7:05 PM Central time.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Sox strand 14 runners and only score 1 run despite notching 11 hits and drawing 4 walks.  Very anti-Ozzie ball.


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