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June 6th at Los Angeles

Today's temperature:
"At least Tom Gordon didn't give up any more runs. "

Short Take:  Another solid pitching performance but lack of offense leads to loss.

Mark Buehrle came into this game looking for win number 3. He hasn't been as strong as expected this year, but the offense hasn't been doing him any favors either. Heck, they haven't been doing any Sox pitchers any favors this year. Meanwhile the Dodgers have been having their own scoring troubles, as one of only 3 teams to average less runs per game than the Sox so far this season. However, the Dodgers pitching has been so stellar (2.95 team ERA, 1.16 team WHIP) that they are still only 3 games out of first place in their division and 1/2 game out of the NL wildcard despite averaging well under 4 runs per game. Kazuhisa Ishii is one of the main reasons that is the case. His 3.01 ERA is only third on the Dodgers, but he is averaging over 9 K's per 9 innings and has only given up 50 hits in 68 innings of work. In fact if not for the 41 walks he has issued, his numbers would be otherworldly.

The Sox came in with another different lineup though the cast of characters was the same as the one that won last night and generated 11 hits and 3 walks. Unfortunately the minor changes in the lineup seemed to have a major effect on the offensive production. After Tony Graffanino K'd to start the game Jose Valentin drew a walk. Then Frank Thomas - continuing his recent good hitting stretch - lined a double into the left field corner that went off of the diving Brian Jordan's glove. Magglio Ordonez hit the ball to the second baseman and the Sox had another early lead. Unfortunately it would be the only run the Sox scored all night as Ishii scattered 4 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings. The only people who really looked good at the plate were Frank Thomas (1-3, BB), Jose Valentin (0-2, R, 2BB) and Joe Crede (2-4, 2K). Miguel Olivo also had a double, but that was it for the hits and walks. Every one else was O'fer whatever. Mark Buehrle did his part, giving up only 2 runs, 4 hits and no walks over 6 innings, but the offense just couldn't pick him up. Story of the year for the Sox and their fans so far.

Another quick game for the Sox tonight. To bad they couldn't get to Ishii. More patience at the plate would have probably helped, but Manuel took Valentin out of the leadoff spot and it hurt the Sox immediately as by the time he walked in the first there was already one away. Hard enough to get something going in this game, but Manuel's decisions have been killing whatever chance this team has to get on a roll. Jerry needs to go away, period. Tomorrow the Sox send Bartolo Colon to the mound and Sunday it's Esteban Loaiza, so they have two more solid chances to get some wins, but until Jerry settles on a lineup and the team starts to hit better, things will continue apace. With the Twins winning the Sox are now 8.5 games out of first. Sox fans have to be wondering what they did to deserve this...

Tinkerer Update:
 Well, they won last night, so of course there had to be some changes made. Nothing major, just a couple of new batting slots for the same cast of hitters and of course that means another loss.

submitted by The Warden.

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