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 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Valentin Delivers another Sox Win

(August 30, 2000)

How valuable is Jose Valentin to the '00 Sox?  It was manager Jerry Manuel who said just this month that the Sox shortstop was the team's MVP after Frank Thomas.  The fools at Baseball Tonight and the Tribune can't figure out what the Sox manager meant by that -- and it was barely covered in the papers, the radio, or the national media.  Sox fans who watch the team know exactly what Jerry meant because games like Wednesday's have been common.  The Sox beat Oakland 8-3, take the series and complete a successful 4-2 roadtrip against the top teams in the A.L. West.  It was Jose Valentin who had the key hit, again.

Mike Sirotka got the start in this rubber game and didn't disappoint.  The lefty pitched seven innings allowing 2 runs on six hits with four strikeouts against two walks.  Sirotka allowed one homerun (in the fourth inning) and you got the feeling he might become a hard luck loser again.  Unlike so many of the rookies pitchers who have folded under similar circumstances, Sirotka showed what makes him a sure-thing for the Sox playoff rotation.  He was still the pitcher of record in the seventh inning.  That's when the Sox bats went to work.

With Chris Singleton, Mark Johnson, and Ray Durham loading the bases, Valentin drove a 2-1 pitch to leftfield scoring the tying and go ahead runs.  The Sox would never look back.  Frank Thomas was next, driving home Durham to make the score 4-2 Sox.

Mark Johnson started behind the plate and scored two of the Sox runs.  Thomas finished 2 for 4 with a walk and a ribbie.  

Oakland imploded in the ninth inning, four more Sox runs scoring.  Kelly Wunsch struggled in the eighth but Bob Howry had little difficulty finishing off the would-be A.L. West contenders across the final two innings.  A tasty come from behind victory, reduces the magic number to 25, and leads to a much-needed rest Thursday.  Anaheim comes to town for the weekend followed by Texas.  Then comes a trip to the shores of Lake Erie to meet the ultimate also-rans of the division.

Wahoo!     

 

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