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Bombs Away!

July 13th at Jnjans

Today's temperature:
"Jerry's boys hit the necessary 2 homeruns to get a win. Will Jerry still be with the team come thursday? The Sox paid talking heads are starting to squawk. Odds are it won't be long before Jerry gets his walking papers."

Short Take: Sox get 2 3-run bombs and some solid relief pitching to split the series and allow the players to enjoy their breather.

The Sox came into this final game before the All-Star break in a deep funk. If not for a lucky 9th-inning 2-out error by the Jnjans on Saturday, the Sox would be 0 for their last 6 and 1 for their last 9. Of course it being a Sunday meant that it was time for Jerry to send out his Sunday Special lineup. This one had "leftie-wrecking-crew" written all over it. Benched were recent acquisitions Robbie Alomar and Carl Everett and in their place were world-beaters, Tony Graffanino and Aaron Rowand. To top it off those guys were batting 1-2 in the lineup. The Sox sent Jon Garland to the mound and he looked sharp early compiling 5 K's in the first 4 innings while only making one mistake that Brandon Philips deposited in the rightfield bleachers. The Jnjans countered with Billy Traber who has been pretty solid for the Tribe in his first year in the majors.

The game got off to a rousing start as Tony Graffanino doubled and Aaron Rowand bunted for a hit. After a Frank Thomas strikeout, Magglio Ordonez crushed a fastball that was up and out over the plate into the rightfield seats. The Sox led 3-0 and tacked on another one on back-to-back hits by Carlos Lee and Paul Konerko followed by a sacrifice fly by Joe Crede. After his good start, Garland let down in the 5th inning. He allowed a bloop single to the leadoff hitter and then walked the next guy. After a double left men on second and third with no one out, Garland settled down a bit to get the next two guys to pop out. Then for some strange reason, the Sox decided to pitch to Milton ".329 batting average" Bradley. Bradley took a Garland pitch into leftfield and after a poor throw home, the game was tied. Sox fans and announcers alike were left scratching their heads over another questionable decision. The game remained tied until the 8th when Konerko led off with his third hit of the game. Willie Harris pinch ran and was successfully bunted to second by Joe Crede. After a walk to pinch-hitter Carl Everett, Miguel ".220 batting average" Olivo was allowed to hit for himself (after all, he had a favorable lefty/righty matchup) and he promptly struckout. That brought Graffanino to the plate and after falling behind 0-2 he jacked a high inside fastball into the leftfield seats for a 3-run Sox lead they would not relinquish. Cleveland tried to get the runs back, but Rowand threw a guy out at the plate in the 8th and current Sox closer Tom Gordon - after allowing the first two men to reach base in the 9th - had a strikeout, popout, strikeout finish on the meat of the Jnjans order to preserve the win and send the Sox into the break with a series split.

If ever a team was in need of a mid-season break, the Sox have got to be that team. Their recent struggles after the huge series wins against flubbies-twinkies-flubbies-twinkies show how fragile this team's ego is. Hopefully the time away will do them all some good. Paul Konerko had his first 3-hit game of the year and the Sox over all churned out 11 hits and took 5 walks to earn their first win since last Sunday. Yeah, they won yesterday, but that was gift. This one they actually deserved. The bullpen was solid today as David Sanders, Damaso Marte and Tom Gordon contributed 4.1 scoreless relief innings while striking out 8 after Manuel and Garland conspired to cough up the early lead. No games until Thursday, Sox fans. Enjoy the break. Hopefully the second half will be better than the first one was...

Tinkerer Update:No Everett. No Robbie Alomar. Konerko at 1B actually contributes as do Graffanino and Rowand who substituted for the benched players. Jerry's hunches actually paid off for once.

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