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Manuel Blows Game With Decision

August 28th at New York

Today's temperature:
"I am 99.9% certain that the decision to start Neal Cotts instead of Mark Buehrle cost the Sox a chance to win this game. Once again, Jerry does what he wants to instead of what everyone else knows is right. Isn't it time to STOP giving away games? "

Short Take:  Manuel's stupidity seals the Sox loss.

The Sox came entered Thursday’s afternoon affair with the Yankees having secured a series win by taking the first two games in grand fashion. Apparently, that’s good enough for Jerry Manuel. Manuel inexplicably chose to start Neal Cotts, making just his 4th career start over Mark Buehrle in what was a huge game that could give the Sox a sweep over the AL team that entered Thursday’s game with the most wins on the season. Seems like a simple enough choice right? Well not for Manuel who decided after winning Wednesday’s game that 2 wins was good enough and the 3rd win and thus a sweep, wasn’t that important. So Sox fans groaned as Cotts took the mound against the Yankees hoping that he could at least keep it close enough that the Sox offense and bullpen could pull it out. So much for that. Cotts was awful. He lasted a mere 1/3 of an inning. No, that is not a typo. He only managed to record one measly out. The Sox actually jumped out to a lead in the 1st to give Cotts some breathing room. Cotts choked. Carlos Lee singled and stole second to start with 1 out. Magglio Ordonez would walk after the 2nd out was recorded. Carl Everett proceeded to single to score Lee. Paul Konerko followed up with a single to score Ordonez but Everett would be thrown out attempting to steal 3rd to end the inning. Then the disaster started.

The result of the first 3 batters Cotts faced would be a bases loaded situation (double, walk, walk). Bernie Williams singled to score one. Ruben Sierra then singled which plated two runs, but an error by Carlos Lee allowed another to score and left Sierra on second. Then something weird happened. Cotts recorded an out. But he then went back to his old form and walked the next two batters. Cotts was done. His final line was 1/3 of an inning allowing 5 runs on 4 walks and 3 hits. Manuel brought in Dan Wright for some cleanup duty. One more runner scored on a sac fly that inning but Wright was able to get out of the inning without any more damage. Give Wright credit for doing a magnificent job. He would end up pitching 5 innings allowing only 1 run and giving the Sox a chance to get back in the game. Carl Everett did his part as well by hitting a solo home run in the 4th that closed to gap to 5-3. The Yankees would plate 1 more run in the 6th inning after Aaron Boone led off with a double. He would advance to third on a bunt and eventually score on a bunt with Scott Sullivan pitching. But even with the awful start by Cotts, the Sox were still not done as they had one last charge left in them.

It came in the 8th trailing 6-3. With 1 out, Maggs singled to right center. Everett fouled up with another of his 4 hits on the day, this one a double which scored Ordonez. Konerko once again followed that up with a single which scored Everett and made it just a one run game. It wasn’t to be though as pinch hitter Tony Graffanino popped out and Joe Crede flied out to end the inning. Damaso Marte came on to pitch the 8th but allowed another run to the Yankees which all but sealed the Yankees 7-5 win. And while that sounds bad, here is something that makes it even worse. Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada didn’t even play in this game. The Sox now turn their attention to the lowly Detroit Tigers who they have struggled against this year. Mark Buehrle will take the mound (that is unless Manuel finds another rookie he can start ahead of him) against Nate Robertson. It’s another Tiger pitcher that the Sox have never seen so you can expect another 2 run game by the Sox. If the Sox lose tomorrow it will be an even bigger indictment against Jerry Manuel's managerial skills. But with the move Manuel made for today’s game, he may have already sealed his fate.

Tinkerer Update:
  A normal lineup but Manuel inexcusably starts Neal Cotts instead of Buehrle.

submitted by Jjav829.

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