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Finding a way to lose...

June 1st At Cleveland

Today's temperature:
"More shoddy defense and questionable bullpen decisions. Jerry fails to make the moves necessary to win the game..."

Short Take:  Crappy defense, poor decisions, slumping hitters, blown saves, did I leave anything out?

The Sox played well enough to win this game for the first 8 innings as Mark Buehrle had his best outing in a while, but in the end it was more of the same old same old as the Sox come from ahead to lose another game. The Sox struggled against Jason Davis who came into the game with a 5.46 ERA in 10 starts this season. In fact, neither team was doing much at the plate and both pitchers lasted into the 7th inning. Buehrle actually looked pretty sharp, giving up only 1 run on 6 hits and a couple of walks while striking out 4 but Tom Gordon and some questionable defense conspired to keep Mark from getting the W.

The Sox jumped out to a 1-run lead in the second on a Jose Valentin double and a sacrifice fly by Joe Borchard, but the Jnjans tied it up in the bottom half. D'Angelo Jimenez hit a solo shot in the top of the third to make it 2-1 and there the score stayed until the 8th inning. In the bottom of the 7th, the Sox removed Buehrle with men on 1st and 2nd and one away and brought in Tom Gordon. Gordon induced a double-play grounder to end the threat and then the Sox seemed to put the game away in the next half inning by putting up 2 insurance runs. Jerry Manuel let Tom Gordon come out to pitch the 8th and the team promptly reverted to form. Nothing was hit hard, but they all seemed to have eyes. There were four hits that might have been outs or even double-play balls with a better defensive team or one that showed more hustle, but all of them fell for hits and by the time Manuel did bring in Damaso Marte, the tying run was at 3rd, the go ahead run was at second and there was only one away. Marte gave up a sacrifice fly to right that Magglio Ordonez made a nice throw to the plate on, but Milton Bradley beat the throw home which was dropped anyway. The inning ended there, but the writing was on the wall. The Sox managed to do absolutely nothing in their next two at bats though a Joe Borchard double to lead of the 9th showed promise. Then in the 10th, Manuel brought in Billy Koch to pitch. Koch immediately gave up a single, a stolen base and an infield hit. Then it was the Jnjans turn to act like a 4th place team. Bradley didn't even try to bunt, flying out weakly to left. The next batter bounced out to first, with both runners advancing. The Sox walked the next batter to load the bases and bring up Jody Gerut who promptly lofted a short soft liner into short center that went off of Jose Valentin's glove for the winning hit. The Sox really worked overtime to hand this game to the Jnjans and in the end they succeeded.

It was nice to see Mark Buehrle returning to form as he pitched much better than in his past several outings. Jimenez had a good day at the plate, but a poor day in the field, failing to even get a glove down on a crucial grounder in the 8th that went right by his toes and continuing to show the lack of effort that became his trademark. Frank Thomas continues to look better at the plate, going 1-4 with a walk and an RBI and breaking the team record for total career bases. Magglio Ordonez (0-5, K) continues to struggle as do Paul Konerko (0-4) and Joe Crede (0-3, 3K). Still, the story of the day was the shoddy defense and bad bullpen decisions. The Sox could have won this game easily, but it was not to be. Is that the story of the season so far or what? At least the Twins lost so they won't lose any more ground.

Sox try to salvage a game tomorrow as Bartolo Colon tries to continue his solid season. Maybe their defense will show a little hustle and the bats will wake up... Yeah, and maybe I will marry Courtney Cox and get to be a kept man for the rest of my days...

Tinkerer Update:
 Standard lineup, but why is Konerko still playing? Bad decision to PH for Joe Crede costs the Sox defensively later in the game. Bullpen decisions were questionable at best.

submitted by The Warden.

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