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Long trip ends with a bang

June 8, 2003 at Los Angeles


Today's temperature:
92
"Man, I really don't want to leave California."

Short Take: E-Lo and Sox "O" annihilate L.A. to win series.

There was the team we were promised!

After managing a meager 1 and then 4 runs in their first two meetings with the Dodgers, Sox fans could only hope that staff ace, Esteban Loaiza would be able to shut down Los Angeles and that the offense would somehow scrape together a few runs and win the rubber match of the series.  Well, things didn't go quite to plan, as the Sox "O" jumped all over the Dodgers en route to a 10-3 shellacking to send the Pale Hose home with a "W."

It didn't start off that good.  After a 1-2-3 first, Shawn Green placed a Loaiza offering in the right-center stands to make it 1-0.  Another 1-2-3 inning by the Sox was followed by another run by L.A., this time off the bat of Paul LoDuca, who doubled down the right field line.  The ball took a bad bounce off the wall, but Magglio Ordonez was charged with an error anyways.  LoDuca scored on the inside the parker (or double and two-bag error, depending on how you want to look at it) to make it 2-0.  Loaiza settled down, though, retiring 9 of the next 10 batters he faced.

That gave the Sox offense all the time it needed.  After going down yet again 1-2-3 in the third, D'Angelo Jimenez ended Odalis Perez's flirt with a perfect game by singling to left.  A Tony Graffanino single moved Jimenez over to second and both moved another 90 feet on a Frank Thomas single.  How many times have we seen the Sox with the sacks packed blow a golden chance and come away with 1 or no runs this year?  Today was a tad different, as Maggs' single moved everyone over 1 spot and scored the first Sox run of the night.  Carlos Lee, however, grounded into the 6-4-3 double play, but did score another run to knot the score at 2.  The floodgates opened the next inning, as Miguel Olivo lead off with a single.  Joe Borchard reached on a throwing error by Perez (how nice to be on the receiving end of bad "D").  After Loaiza reached safely, the Sox had the bases loaded again with no outs.  This time, though, they took advantage,  Jimenez grounded out to third to plate a run.  A deep double by Graffanino scored Borchard and Loaiza and after Tony G. stole 3rd, Frank let him walk him with his second home run in two games.  All in all, 5 runs, 4 hits and 1 error made the tally Sox 7, Dodgers 3 and that would be all Loaiza needed.

He allowed a run in the 5th inning, as Dave Roberts singled in Dave Ross.  Aside from that, Loaiza had another strong outing, going 7 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs (all earned).  He fanned nine and walked none, but unfortunately saw his ERA grow to 2.06, the highest its been since May 7, following a 6 inning performance in which he allowed 2 earned runs (it was 2.37 after that).  Damaso Marte and Billy Koch both pitched an inning in relief, striking out a combined 2 and allowing 1 hit.

As for the Sox, they end their 14-game road trip 5-8 with a rainout, but on a two-game win streak (the first time they have strung 2 wins together since winning the final 2 at Toronto at the star of the series).  They have an off day Monday, but return home to U.S. Cellular Field for a three-game set with the defending National League Champion San Francisco Giants.  Jon Garland is scheduled to start against 21-year-old righty Jerome Williams, who makes his 3rd start of the year.  Think the Chicago media will be fawning over the South Side of the rematch of the 1917 World Series, the last time a Chicago team laid claim to the title "World Champs," as our Pale Hose defeated the then New York Giants?

Doubtful.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Graffanino gets the nod at short, Olivo bumped up to 7th in the lineup while Borchard drops to 8th.  Let's all hope Jerry doesn't move Frank from first Tuesday when he gets his DH back.


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Tony Graffanino


  3-5 but scored 3 runs and drove home another 2.  And didn't make any errors at short.  Can a Sox fan ask for anything more?

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