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Going Gently Into the Good Night...

April 23 at Baltimore


Today's temperature:
80
"Yo' Jerry, show a little life. How the heck is this team supposed to fight for you when you won't fight for them. This Gandhi routine is getting old fast..."

Short Take:  Bad calls, no calls, no offense and Bartolo has an off night.

Well, it's not everyday you have to beat two teams in the same game, but the Sox were forced to Wednesday night. The Orioles played a solid game and managed to take advantage of Bartolo Colon who really didn't have his best stuff early in the game. Still, he appeared to have Jeff Conine struck out in the first with two men on and 1 away, but didn't get the call. Two pitches later, Conine deposited a hanging slider into the left field seats and gave the Orioles a 3-run lead. If that was the only call the umps blew all night, it wouldn't have been horrible, but they also missed a call on a stolen base at second costing the Sox a scoring opportunity and then completely missed the call on a Joe Crede 2-run shot that would have tied it in the 5th. The 3rd base ump called it foul and no one else overruled him. Jerry "Gandhi" Manuel made a brief appearance on the field, but seemed content to sit back down and take it. If Jerry had written Reggae music, the words to the famous song would have been, "Sit down shut up, don't you start a fight. Sit down, shut up, the umps are always right." Man, there's never a drunken flubbie fan around when you need one.

It was a hard game to watch as the Sox struggled at the plate again. One hit through 7 innings isn't normally enough to win many ballgames, but in fairness they actually had two and they finished with 3 or should I say 4. At least they managed to manufacture the one run they scored, as Magglio Ordonez walked, stole second and came around on a pair of groundouts. That was the only life the Sox showed all night. They seemed resigned to accept the fate that befell them as the Orioles (who appeared to have 13 men on the field) made the most of the opportunities they were handed by both the Sox and the Umps. Meanwhile the Sox, when confronted with adversity, followed Jerry's lead and rolled over for the Orioles and their henchmen. After the missed call on the homerun, the Sox gave up runs in the 5th and 6th and two more in the 7th. This one was over long before the final out and unfortunately no one seemed to mind...

Paul Konerko continues to look better at the plate taking a ball to right that went just foul and then hitting a solid single to left, but he was the ONLY Sox player who did anything good other than Magglio and his manufactured run and of course Crede who got robbed on an amazing play by Eric Cooper - the third base ump. Magglio's hit streak came to an end at a career high 18. Gordon gave up 2 hits and a walk in an inning, but Dave Sanders - just recalled as Josh Paul was finally sent down - looked alright in his single inning of work, walking two, but also striking out two and not giving up a run. Josh Stewart goes tomorrow to try for the series win, hopefully the Sox only need to play against the 10 Orioles' starters as the series wraps up. At least the Royals got rained out, so they only lost a half of a game in the standings.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Still no Rios in CF against ANOTHER righthanded starter. Rowand continued to struggle and Jerry continues to sit on his ass.


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