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What a Waste...

August 11 At Anaheim


Today's temperature:
92
"The Sox play corpseball for the first 8 innings blowing chance after chance with men on third and less than two outs. Then to top it off they bat around in the ninth and get the tying run to second with one away and blow that opportunity too."

Short Take: Sox blow a ton of chances and then let the Angels blow the game open late. Ninth inning comeback falls short.

The Sox arrived in California with a chance to make up some ground on the Royals. While our southside boys are playing Anaheim, the Royals have to play the Yankees. Unfortunately like many great plans, this one did not come to fruition. While the Royals were jumping all over David Wells and the Yankees bullpen to come back from a 5-1 deficit, the Sox were in southern California playing corpseball. Bartolo Colon went to the mound for the Sox and wasn't as sharp as he has been recently. He made it through 7 innings giving up 6 runs, 5 of them earned - the sixth one coming after he himself threw the ball away. The bullpen was downright horrible, or should I say, Scott "the savior" Scoeneweis was horrible. He coughed up 4 additional runs in 1/3 inning of work - the lone out coming on a sacrifice. The Sox entered that fateful 8th inning trailing 6-4, and when the smoke had cleared the Angels led by 6. But, the real story of tonight's game was the astounding number of wasted opportunities.

If before this game started, I told you that the Sox 2-5 hitters were going to go 10-16 with 7 runs scored, 5 driven in, 3 walks and a hit by pitch, you would have said, "Sox Win! Sox Win!" Unfortunately the rest of the team took the night off until it was much too late. Robbie Alomar took the collar going 0-6 and stranding 6 including watching strike 3 after the Sox had fought back in the top of the ninth to load the bases and put the tying run at second. Paul Konerko did manage to hit a couple of singles and score a couple of runs in the 8th and 9th. But, before that he was clueless, grounding into a double-play with the bases loaded and one out in the 3rd and hitting a soft liner that was caught by the shortstop in the 5th in the exact same situation. He, too, left 6 men on base. Jose Valentin was part of the problem going 1-5 and stranding 5 men also. The final indignity came when Carlos Lee took a big fat cut at a fast ball and popped up to end the game - when a soft little blooper to right-field would have tied the score. It was one ugly game to watch. With Kansas City winning the Sox drop 1.5 back and lead Minnesota by only 1 slim game for second.

The Sox hope to put tonight's ugliness behind them tomorrow when the two teams square off again. The Angels will be sending Ramon Ortiz to the mound while the Sox will be countering with Neal Cotts who will be making his big league debut. Hopefully he lives up to some of his recent hype because the Sox could use a boost...

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 Normal lineup, but the Sox played corpseball.


submitted by The Warden.

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