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Sweepless in Chicago!

June 22 at Flubbies

Today's temperature:
"More of the same old same old. Bad decisions, lack of patience, Swinging for the fences and a really stupid double switch. Jerry had a big hand in giving this game away."

Short Take: Bartolo pitches great, but the Sox blow multiple opportunities to win the game and get the sweep.

Sox came into Sunday looking for a sweep in Wrigley. They had a blowout and a nail biter to their credit already and Sox fans hoped they would show some fire and come out strong. With Bartolo Colon on the mound for them, the Sox figured to have an excellent chance if they could just get Jerry to leave well enough alone. The lineup actually resembled the best possible lineup for the Sox, with the single question mark being Harris leading off. At least Harris has been hitting better since returning to the team, so if that is all that's wrong, the Sox were 3 steps up on most of their games. The Flubbies countered with Carlos Zambrano who has been a hard luck pitcher for them this year, but who has all the tools to be a fine starter in the majors.

The game quickly settled into a pitchers duel. Bartolo was simply dominant, giving up only one bloop hit through six innings and only allowing two ground ball singles in the 7th that could have easily been outs, with slightly better defense. Bartolo was under 100 pitches and was throwing a 3-hit shutout, so naturally, Jerry pulled him - more on that later. Meanwhile, the Sox were stranding a whole bunch of runners early in this game. Zambrano walked a bunch and gave up some hits, but seemed to wiggle his way out of trouble time after time. The Sox stranded 8 runners through 5 innings and had 9 base runners from the 2nd through the 5th but couldn't plate any runs. They did get one in the 6th when Jose Valentin led off with a double, moved to 3rd on a grounder to first and scored on a sacrifice fly. What's this? fundamental baseball? Could it be the Sox day? Unfortunately the answer was, "NO!" and the guy who made it possible is sitting on the hotseat just to the right of this paragraph. You see, Jerry not only decided to pull Colon when he was cruising toward victory, he did it in such a stupid and ridiculous way that it deserves to be broken down, so future managers can see exactly what NOT to do in similar situations. The mistakes went as follows...

  1. After allowing Colon to warm up in the 8th he then pulled him to bring in Damaso Marte - who has NOT been pitching well recently.
  2. Jerry further compounded his mistake by pulling Joe Crede - the Sox best infield defender - so he could tinker his way into a double switch. Sox fans were thinking, "Why Crede? Why not Rowand for Lee? Heck, why take out Bartolo at all?"
  3. Jerry didn't stop there. He decided to not have anyone else warming up in the pen - in a one run game, with the top of the order coming up. When Marte gave up a one out walk followed by the game tying double, there was no one to go to. So Marte was allowed to give up the go ahead run also.
  4. Finally, after the Sox were losing, and they came to bat in the ninth, Manuel promptly used a pinch hitter for Graffanino - in the game for Crede. Thus making the double switch even more ridiculous and bringing up the question, "Who is going to play 3B if the Sox score a run or two?"
Jerry must have worked this one out in his head before the game trying to figure out how to give his bestest bud Dusty a 'W'. Sox fans could only scream at their TV's in frustration...

Well, the Sox got the series win, but it wasn't what the fans were hoping for. This one was handed to the flubbies on a silver platter and Jerry "the tinkerer" Manuel was the head waiter. Sox have an off day on Monday and go to Minnesota on Tuesday. Coulda' shoulda' woulda'. Hopefully it ticks the boys off and they come out smoking...

Tinkerer Update:
 The lineup actually looked right for once, but Jerry makes up for it later with a boneheaded double switch. Exactly WHY is Harris still leading off?

submitted by The Warden.

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