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SWEPT! (rhymes with wept)

June 2 At Cleveland

Today's temperature:
"Swept by the Tribe? Praying for Rainouts? Has the team given up? They sure aren't playing hard for Jerry anymore..."

Short Take: Another pathetic offensive display dooms the Sox.

Bartolo Colon entered the game needing 2 strikeouts to reach 1000 for his career. By the end of the first inning he had 1001. For the next 4 innings it looked as if he was going to pitch a complete game, scattering 4 hits, walking no one and in general making the Jnjans look bad. He made only one mistake during those 5 innings, which turned into a solo homerun for Jody Gerut. Then he walked Matt Lawton to lead off the 6th. An infield single, a popup and a double later and the Tribe was in the lead. They tacked on an insurance run to boot and when Bartolo left at the end of six the Tribe led 4-2.

Meanwhile, the Sox were facing another average pitcher and doing their best to make Brian Anderson (4.98 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .308 BAA) look like a Cy Young candidate. After a homerun to lead off the game, the Sox managed only 4 more hits off of Anderson in his 6 innings of work. They continued to stink it up with runners in scoring position plating only one of the runners fortunate enough to actually get to second base and in general continuing the offensive malaise that has plagued them all season. There were moments when they hit the ball hard (Carlos Lee just missed a double that would have scored 2 in the 6th), but invariably they were foul or right at a Jnjans defender. They continued to put men on base, but couldn't drive them in. Then they seemed to stop trying going meekly in the 8th. The Tribe tacked on another run in the bottom half of that inning as the bullpen loaded the bases on an assortment of walks, stolen bases and errors. The ninth inning came, the ninth inning went and the Sox were swept out of Cleveland and their fans were left with nothing to do but cry...

The 2-7 hitters managed 1 hit and 1 walk in 23 at bats. No team wins many games that way. Nice to see the young kids continuing to perform. Joe Crede took the collar again, but managed to put some good wood on the ball a couple of times. Miguel Olivo, Joe Borchard and D'Angelo Jimenez all had solid games, but the veterans who were supposed to carry this team were once again missing in action. Magglio Ordonez went 0-4 dropping his season average to .275. It's tough to be a Sox fan these days.

Sox slink out of Cleveland today and head out west to play some real baseball teams (Oh Joy!) Jon Garland opens the three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow night. Hopefully he can continue his recent string of solid outings. More to the point, hopefully the offense will give him some support, but Jon better bring his own bat, because what can it hurt to have the pitcher bat anyway...

Tinkerer Update:
 The SS platoon continues, and it cost the Sox defensively. Konerko's back at first and still stinking the place up. This all you got, Jerry?

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