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No Brooms for You...

August 24 Vs. Texas


Today's temperature:
90
"What a difference a week makes, even if the ending was a dud. From second place and falling to first place by a game. Better keep it going on the East coast if they want to maintain their lead."

Short Take: Sox play corpseball on offense and the Rangers break through late to put the game away.

What a difference a week makes, Sox fans. The Sox came into Sunday's game looking for their second straight sweep of an ALW team. It had been payback time for Anaheim earlier this week when the Sox exacted revenge for their West Coast drubbing a week before by sweeping the Angels. Then came the Rangers who had utterly embarrassed the Sox by sweeping them last weekend in Texas and nearly knocking them into 3rd-place. But after taking six straight wins to climb back into first place, the Sox came into Sunday looking for some icing for their cake. Unfortunately it was not to be as the Sox bats (after putting up 13 runs on 16 hits last night) managed a meager 2 hits for the first 8 innings of play. The Rangers weren't exactly tearing the cover off the ball, but they managed a couple of timely big hits with a 2-run bomb by Hank Blalock with 2 outs in the 3rd and then broke the game open on a bases clearing double with three men on and two outs in the 8th after Kelly Wunsch gave up back to back walks to Alex Rodriguez (intentional) and Rafael Palmeiro.

The Sox bats were just flat today as John Thomson a first year NL import with a .500 career record (including today) and an ERA of 5.00 (before today) simply dominated the hitters. No one was getting good swings on his pitches. He threw a complete game shut-out while using 108 pitches. He struck out six and only walked one. Thompson definitely benefited from the getaway day plate, but so did Garland who struck out 10 Rangers and only made one mistake. He pitched 7 innings and was generally solid. Unfortunately, the Sox offense was sleep-walking on another Sunday getaway game against another pitcher they had never faced...

Oh well, the Sox are still in first and they travel to New York to take on the perennial powerhouse Yankees in the "Hose that Ruth built". Hopefully some of that legendary Yankee mystique will rub off on the Sox hitters and they will put today's ugliness behind them. If they are going to be a playoff team, then they are going to have to learn to win a few games on the road. With Esteban Loaiza, Bartolo Colon and Mark Buehrle going for them, the Sox are primed to kill the king. Now the question is, will they actually do it?

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
 No Sunday lineup, but no Paul Konerko is back at first agasinst a RHP - at least he brought his glove.


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