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M's return the favor

August 2, 2003 at Seattle

Today's temperature:
"Sox get shelled as no one does anything right. Still the team has been playing better recently. Hopefully they can get the series win on Sunday. Will Jerry resist the urge to tinker?"

Short Take: Wright shelled as offense vanishes

Talk about a 180.  A day after shelling Freddy Garcia and the Mariners, 12-1, the Sox found themselves on the unhappy end of a 10-0 game.  You want the recap in a sentence?  Dan Wright got rocked and Ryan Franklin and company baffled the smokin' South Side bats for 9 innings.  Oh, and John Olerud may still be driving in runs.

The game looked ugly early.  After Carlos Lee literally got a hit off Franklin, he would be thrown out a second on what was, at best, a questionable call.  Added to that, it was the 2nd half of a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out DP was Frank Thomas getting the K.  That would be the closest any Sox base runner would get to 2nd base all night.

The Mariners, on the other hand, scored early and often, though, to be fair, Wright pitched well enough to win for the first five innings.  John Olerud lead off the 2nd with a walk and moved to third on a Mike Cameron double. The two would come around to score on a Ben Davis ground out and Rey Sanchez single, respectively.  In the 5th, Sanchez would single to lead off the frame.  After Mark McLemore struck out, Sandy Alomar, Jr.'s throw to get the stealing Sanchez sailed into center field allowing him third.  He would come around to score as Ichiro Suzuki grounded out to second base.  As for the Sox, at that point they had managed a meager 3 hits, a single by Paul Konerko in the 2nd and another by Carlos Lee in the 4th, which was quickly erased by Frank as he grounded into a double play.  FYI, they wouldn't get another hit all night.

It all came apart for Wright in the sixth.  Bret Boone and Edgar Martinez notched back-to-back singles to lead the inning off and both scored as Olerud hit a bomb to right field.  Matt Ginter put out the fire quickly, though, getting Cameron, Davis, and Sanchez to go down 1-2-3 to end the inning.  For the Sox, Robbie Alomar drew a walk in the 6th and Magglio Ordonez walked in the 7th.

After Ichiro singled, Ginter drilled Randy Winn (on an 0-2 pitch, nonetheless), and walked Martinez, setting up Olerud for the exclamation mark on the Mariners' evening.  He deposited Matt's pay-off pitch (that couldn't have been more in his wheelhouse) over the deep centerfield wall to make it 10-0 and dropped the final nail in the coffin on the Sox's 5-game winning streak.

A lone bright spot lost in a bad loss was the work of Kelly Wunsch.  In his 4th outing since coming back from a back injury, he pitched a solid inning, striking out 2.

The Royals stole a win from the cusp of defeat against the Devil Rays, so they regain a 1-game lead in the division, but the Twins lost to Detroit, so they 3 1/2 behind the Sox in third.  The Sox and M's hook up for the rubber match of their 3-game set tomorrow at 2:05 Chicago time on Fox Sports Net.  Mark Buehrle goes for the Sox, looking to even his record at 10-10 on the year.  During his current 7-game winning streak that stretches back to June 16th, he has not pitched fewer than 6.1 innings, has only allowed 10 or more hits once, and has only allowed 5 or more runs once.  He has also allowed 4 total home runs in the streak and has not allowed more than 2 walks in a game.  The Mariners counter with Gil Meche, whose stock is quickly falling.  He has only won 1 game since June and his ERA has risen in every start in the same span.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: No tinkering tonight, but after the Sox put up a goose egg, expect Jerry to go nuts tomorrow!

submitted by doublem23.

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