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Un-Clutch

July 16th at New York Yankees


How was the trophy defended today?
It wasn't

Short Take: In a game where our offense couldn't get much-needed clutch hits, our Sox were swept by the Yankees with a 6-4 score finishing off this weekend series.

Lately, both our Sox' pitching and hitting have been scuffling, which has led to them losing five of their last six games. Baseball critics everywhere would highlight this afternoon's game as a lack of getting hits when they mattered, as they stranded 11 baserunners and grounded into double plays at the worst possible times. And so, Freddy Garcia and our beloved Palehose lost 6-4 this afternoon to the Yankess, completing the weekend sweep in the process.

Things looked positive for a nano-second in the first inning, then quickly turned ugly. After Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi both reached safely to start off the game, Jim Thome doubled in Podsednik, giving our Sox a 1-0 lead, only their second lead of the series. Iguchi then made a huge base-running blunder, trying to score on a fielder's choice by Paul Konerko, and was gunned out between third base and home. He should've stayed at third base instead, which would've loaded the bases with nobody out. Jermaine Dye sadly hit into a double play to end the inning.

Things went the Yankees way in the bottom of the frame, as Garcia surrendered his 21st and 22nd home runs of the season off the bats of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Between home runs, Jason Giambi was able to muster a walk, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead after one inning.

The top of the third began as a carbon-copy of the opening frame with Podsednik and Iguchi getting on base. After Thome reached on a fielder's choice (forcing Iguchi out at second), Konerko batted in Podsednik, but did not get credit for a single. The reasoning behind this is because Thome wasn't running hard enough to reach second base safely, as he thought a sprawling Miguel Cairo would've easily gotten to the ground ball, thus not running on full steam, which credited Konerko with reaching on a fielder's choice instead. After all was said and done, our Sox had pulled to within a run of the Yankees, 3-2.

The Yankees would double their run total over the next couple of innings. After leading off the top of the third with a double and advancing to third on a flyout by Jeter, Melky Cabrera scored on a sac fly by Giambi. When it seemed as if things were chugging right along for Garcia in the bottom of the fourth, in getting the first two guys out, the Yankees got a couple more runs on three consecutive doubles by Andy Phillips, Cairo, and Bubba Crosby. The Yankees had built a 6-2 lead after four innings of play.

Our Sox got runs back in both the sixth and eighth frames. After AJ Pierzynski got an "excuse me" single to short center field and Joe Crede doubled Pierzynski to third, Brian Anderson (pinch-hitting for Rob Makowiak) sacrificed Pierzynski in to cut the Yankee lead in half. Pierzynski would add a solo blast to the upper deck in right field, which closed the scoring for our Sox after missed opportunities both in the eighth and nineth innings. Mariano Rivera proved to be unfazed by our Sox' hitters, earning yet another save in the process.

Fortunately, Kansas City was able to get their first win of the season over the Tigers, allowing our Palehose to keep within 4.5 games of first place in the AL Central Division. They have a lot to say for that number over the next three games, as they take matters into their own hands in Comerica Park this Tuesday through Thursday. Jon Garland, Javier Vazquez, and Jose Contreras will look to tame the Pussy Cats. We're currently 5-1 against them this season; let's make it 8-1! After an off day, our Sox will get back at it at 6:05 Chicago time. The game can be seen on WCIU.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Today's game presented a couple of anti-Ozzieball moments, as both Iguchi and Crede should've both stayed at third instead of trying to score.


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