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Too little, too late

July 5, 2003 at Tampa Bay

Today's temperature:
"Jerry needs to learn a take sign and then figure out when to use it. His tinkers are once again costly as the PTC winner only got to bat once. Two tough losses in a row after the team was riding sky-high on Wednesday. Jerry needs to find a way to get them back on track, fast..."

Short Take: Ninth-inning comeback can't overcome 8 innings of bad hitting, defense lapses, and poor base-running

Tampa Bay?  Once again, Sox fans, our beloved Pale Hose couldn't figure out the Devil Rays in tonight's 3-2 loss; however there is no single whipping boy; no blown save for the finger pointers.  Today, just about everyone had a hand as the Sox dropped their 2nd straight game in Tampa.

However, it it couldn't have looked this bad early.  The Sox sent All-Star starter dark horse Esteban Loaiza to the bump against... Jorge Sosa.  However, even into the first inning, signs of how bad today's game began emerging.  After Roberto Alomar singled solidly into left field, he was advanced to second by Willie HarrisFrank Thomas then drew a walk before Brian Daubach hit a soft liner to short... Only problem was that Alomar was already thinking home on the crack of the bat and was subsequently doubled up when Daubach's less than spectacular hit was snagged.  Line drives have to get through the infield with less than 2 outs... Don't they still teach that in the Little Leagues?

In the bottom of the second, it looked to go from bad to ugly.  After Rocco Baldelli singled and Aubrey Huff walked, Ben Grieve grounded to Thomas at first, who tried to get the 3-6-3 going.  However, his low throw was too much to handle for Jose Valentin and everyone was safe.  Luckily, a spectacular double play was turned by Alomar and Valentin to keep a run from crossing the plate.  Who thinks that Paul Konerko will get the nod at first until the All-Star Break because he's so good at starting that 3-6-3, as Hawk Harrelson would say?

Where else to go?  In the second, Carl Everett walked but was thrown out a little later attempting a delayed steal.  After that it was just poor hitting after poor hitting... Strikeouts, failing to get runners over... It was hard to watch Sox fans.  However, Loaiza still did his part in keeping the game tied a zero until the bottom of the fifth, when Javier Valentin (Jose's bro) drove out a lead-off home run.  In the the sixth, the Sox would threaten as Sosa walked Daubach, gave up a single to Everett, and then walked Lee to load the bases with no outs; and again the Sox could not bust the game open, let alone plate a run.  Jose could not emulate his brother as he flew out to shallow center.  Brandon Backe (who?) then came into relieve Sosa and struck out both Tony Graffanino and Miguel Olivo.

The 'Rays finally stopped giving the Sox chances to win the game.  The scored two more runs off Loaiza to take a 3-0 lead.  In the ninth, facing Lance Carter, the Sox finally appeared to wake up offensively.  Magglio Ordonez hit a pinch-hit solo homer homered (must have been that extra rest thanks to Jerry) and Thomas drove in Alomar, but, ah... It was too little... too late... Sox drop the second game of their road trip (and second straight to Tampa Bay), 3-2 in less than heroic fashion.

Don't get too, down, though, Sox fans, as both Kansas City and Minnesota fell victim tonight too.  Another missed opprotunity, no doubt, but not the end of the world... 5 days into July, the Sox are now 2 games under break-even and 4 1/2 behind the pesky Royals, who don't seem to lose when we win.  The Sox will try and salvage the final game of the series tomorrow (and avoid being swept by Tampa Bay).  The Pale Hose send Mark Buehrle to the hill against Jason Standridge, who has pitched a grand total of 50 innings in the big leagues (give or take)... It shouldn't look this bleak.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Thomas at first makes an error so don't expect to see him there for a while, Daubach is in right while Maggs rides the pine until a pinch hit homer in the ninth (maybe he should have played a little longer), Graffanino (.338 OPB) plays third and bats eighth while Willie Harris (.224 OBP) bats second and gets the nod in center field.  Way to motivate the troops, Jerry!

submitted by doublem23.

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Magglio Ordonez

  Tried to ignite the Sox offense in the ninth with a pinch-hit, solo shot.  Man, if only he would have gotten 3 more plate appearances, we might not be cryin' in our glasses tonight...

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