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 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Bye Bye, Cleveland!

(June 22, 2000)

Sox fans, our guys have won 7 of 10 games thus far against Cleveland.  They leave town trailing our Sox by 7.5 games -- the same deficit they aimed to close when they arrived in town three days ago.  Those three games are gone and their next shot against us doesn't come till September -- and then for just three games.  Cal Eldred calmly buzzed sawed the second-place Indians, in a 6-0 six-hit complete game shutout.  Without help from other teams, the Tribe will be trailing us for a long while.

After falling behind early on Wednesday, the Sox seemed determined to turn the tables in this key game of the series.  Leadoff man Ray Durham greeted Chuck Finley's 3-2 pitch with a shot over the wall to give the Sox a 1-0 lead the very first inning.  Two more Sox runs scored in the second on a Finley wild pitch and an rbi single by Durham.  Brook Fordyce drove home Herbert Perry with an rbi single in the third.  It was 4-0 after three innings and Cleveland looked for all the world like a beaten team in search of a wild-card berth.

Cal Eldred has gone from questionable #5 starter in spring training to the hottest pitcher on the staff.  A former #1 starter for Milwaukee he took the lead the Sox hitters gave him and simply dominated Cleveland's line up for nine full innings.  He struck out six, walked two, and lowered his ERA to 3.84.  He never allowed more than one hit to Cleveland in any single inning.  He looked every inch the veteran pitcher he is and clearly picked the entire team up with his performance, pitchers and position players alike.

Durham finished 2 for 4 with two rbi's and two runs scored.  Herbert Perry finished 2 for 3 with a walk, scoring twice.  Cleveland pitchers walked Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez four times.  Every Sox starter had at least one hit.

It's debatable whether this was the most important victory of the season, but there can be no doubt Eldred's performance left the Sox pitching staff fully rested for the next tough series against the world champion New York Yankees, coming to town for the first of three games Friday night.  They are still smarting from the sweep suffered at Yankee Stadium administered them by our Hot Sox just last weekend.  Meanwhile the Indians scatter into the Chicago darkness heading home to start Jaime Navarro against the last-place Tigers.

Now who really is in the driver's seat?

 

Back to 2000 Champions!

 



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