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Series started on "Wrong" foot

May 30, 2003 at Cleveland


Today's temperature:
99
"I got tossed!  See!  I care...  I care!"

Short Take: What went the Sox's way tonight?  Nothin'.

Well, that was terrible.  Everything went against the Sox tonight, as they dropped the opener of their series in Cleveland, 7-3.  Danny Wright had a miserable outing, Jerry Manuel and Bruce Kimm were ejected for arguing with home plate umpire, Mark Wegner, who may need to review the MLB Rule Book under "strike zone," the Sox failed to plate a run after the third inning, and Sandy Alomar, Jr., D'Angelo Jimenez, and Miguel Olivo all appeared to suffer injuries at various points of the game, although Alomar was the only one to leave.

Sigh, where to start with this one?  After three solid starts from Bartolo Colon, Jon Garland, and Esteban Loaiza, Wright looked to keep up the trend against one of baseball's worst offenses.  Well, it didn't go to plan, as Wright went only 4 innings, walking 5, allowed 4 hits, and allowed 5 runs.

It wasn't all bad, though, as the Sox offense staked Wright to a 2-0 lead before he even walked onto the field.  In the first, Jimenez beat out a grounder to third, but appeared to injure himself as he slipped over a wet bag at first.  He stayed in the game, however, and would score as Frank Thomas homered (his first no-solo shot of the year).

Wright coughed up a run an inning later.  Lucky for him it was only a run, as he was all over the place, walking one and throwing 2 wild pitches.  However, only Matt Lawton scored on a Milton Bradley groundout.  The Sox took the run back in the third, as Thomas brought home Carlos Lee on a double.  That would be all she wrote for the Sox offense, but the Indians are one of the worst offenses in baseball.  Too bad Wright was just worse today.  In the Cleveland 4th, back-to-back singles by Bradley and Jody Gerut both turned into runs a Josh Bard double.  Yeah, I never heard of these guys either.

It got worse an inning later.  After a rare Omar Vizquel, Alomar had to be pulled and replaced by Olivo.  Word on Sandy is that he has a pulled oblique and will be gone for a couple of weeks.  Get ready for the glorious return of Josh Paul, Sox fans!  Who says we're not thin at catcher?  Anyways, it looked as if disaster had struck a few minutes later and Olivo appeared to hurt his left shoulder diving into third.  He stayed in the game, however.  After a terrible strike call by Wegner made it 0-2 to Magglio Ordonez, he grounded out to end a threat for the Sox.  Ordonez was vocally unhappy and Ghandi himself came out to argue with Wegner before being tossed.  An inning later, Kimm, would be thrown out for the same thing.  Many times, though, umps are usually just scapegoats for a bad offensive performance, but tonight was an exception.  Wegner did call himself a terrible game.

As for the scoreboard, the Tribe dropped all the runs they needed on the Sox in the fifth, as Vizquel and Ellis Burks drew back-to-back walks to start the inning.  Gary Glover was then brought into the pour water on the fire.  Well, folks, that can he had was full of gasoline, as Bradley quickly doubled high off the Jacobs Field scoreboard to plate Vizquel.  A walk to Gerut then loaded the bases and, thankfully, Bard grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, to score Burks and bump the Cleveland lead to 5-3.  However, Ben Broussard took Glover deep to make the score, Cleveland 7, White Sox 3.  A pitching combo of Jason Boyd (5.14 ERA), Dan Miceli (5.16), David Riske (3.24) and Danys Baez (4.68) closed the Sox down, allowing a combined 4 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strike outs over 4 innings.

Mark Buehrle goes tomorrow and looks to end his skid against Jason Davis (4-4, 5.66) and the Sox look to even the series up.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Thomas at first again, Konerko DH.  Lee bats 2nd, Graffanino starts at short.


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