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Taken to the Woodshed!

June 29 Vs Flubbies

Today's temperature:
"This one wasn't Jerry's fault, but one still has to wonder about the decisions he makes..."

Short Take:  Kerry Wood dominates the Sox hitters. At least the Sox won the Series, the season series and another year of bragging rights.

This one was for pride. The Sox had nothing left to prove against their northside rivals - the lovable losers. They had already won both the series - by winning the last two games - and the season series - by taking 2 out of 3 last weekend in that smelly old beer garden affectionately known as "The Urinal". The Sox were hoping that Esteban Loaiza would continue his dominating start and flubbie fans were hoping for a big show from their perpetual "Ace in Waiting" Kerry "Ouch My Elbow" Wood. Something had to give. Unfortunately for Sox fans, it wasn't Wood.

The game got off to a good start when the Sox put together a walk, a hit and sacrifice fly in the second to go up 1-0. Loaiza was rolling and things were looking good for a sweep. Sure, the Sox only had one hit, but Wood was struggling with his control -surely it would be merely a matter of time before they would break through. Unfortunately, ELo gave up a single to Sham-ME* in the fourth and followed it with a center-cut, belt high changeup on the first pitch to Moises Alou. Alou licked his chops, said, "thank you very much" and deposited said pitch 20 rows deep in the left field bleachers. It didn't get better after that as Eric Karros promptly doubled and came around to score on Tom Goodwin's single. In the 5th the flubbies got another run when D'Angelo Jimenez - starting at third-base (?) - fielded a tailor made double-play grounder and threw it into right-field. When the dust had cleared the flubbies had men at the corners and nobody out. Loaiza held them to a single run, but the writing was on the wall. Maybe this wasn't the Sox day. Aaron Rowand did manage a solo-shot in the Sox half of the inning to pull our boys within 2, but that was as close as they would get. Kerry Wood really was the story of the day. Consistently throwing at 4 different speeds he kept the Sox hitters off balance all day. He threw 129 pitches over 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 6 walks with 7 strikeouts. Sometimes you just get beat by a guy who is having a good day. That is what happened here. Wood hit 100 MPH on the ballpark radar gun somewhere in the 7th and was still consistently hitting 96 in the 8th. There was a funny moment actually where the flubbie catcher, trainer and pitching coach all converged on the mound. Sox fans could only hope Wood was done for the day, but his "test throw" was a 95 MPH fastball and the next one hit 92. Kerry wasn't going anywhere - and neither were the Sox.

Another day, another lineup, ho hum. I'm not saying that getting Rowand in the game is a bad thing. He did hit a huge 2-run homer on Saturday, but maybe next time, sit Willie "I AM NOT A LEADOFF HITTER" Harris (0-5) and let Crede play third, so Jimenez doesn't have to play a position he hasn't played all year except for yesterday in an emergency. It didn't cost the Sox the game, but it did cost the team a run - which is exactly how many the substitutes also accounted for. Please, Jerry, enough with the tinkering. It just isn't doing anything. The players who are performing are the ones who are in the lineup every day and hitting in their same slot while playing the same position - Thomas, Ordonez, Lee and Valentin. Maybe that is a message unto itself, but maybe it is strictly that they are the only guys who can perform consistently. The point is who knows? Certainly not Sox fans nor Sox players and certainly not Jerry himself.

Interleague play is over and tomorrow it is back to games that matter more as the First-Place Minnesota Twins come to town. They scraped out a 9th inning comeback and won in extra innings on Sunday to move into a tie for first and leaving the Sox 4.5 games out. One of these days the Sox will actually finish a sweep, hopefully it starts tomorrow. Jon "Hard luck" Garland takes the mound for the Sox while the Twinkies counter with Joe "Cy" Mays. The Sox finally got to him last time; hopefully that was the start of a trend.

Tinkerer Update:
 Jimenez really DID play third, just so they could get both Harris and Rowand in the game instead of Crede.

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