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September 10th vs Minnesota


Today's temperature:
97
"Jerry's boys simply couldn't figure out the Twins pitchers, but they'll have to tomorrow."

Short Take:  Sox hitters get shut down by Twins pitching, which negates a solid outing by Jon Garland.

Alright, so maybe a sweep of the team that the Sox entered this series tied for first place with was a little bit too much to hope for. However, Sox fans had to be optimistic entering Wednesday nights game after seeing how well the Sox played the Twins in the first two games. But in the end it would not work out as the Sox lost 4-1. For a while it was looking good for Sox fans. Jon Garland was matching Johan Santana and neither team was managing to put any runs up. Then came the 5th inning. It was an inning that may have changed because of one blown call by the ump. Leadoff man Torii Hunter grounded to 2nd where Tony Graffanino would make a nice catch and throw to 1st. However, the first base umpire called Hunter safe at first though the replay showed he was clearly out. The next batter Corey Koskie would ground to 1st but with Paul Konerko holding at first, he couldn’t make a play on the ball. A HBP later, Christian Guzman gave the Twins their first run on a sac fly to deep right. Another sac fly and the Twinkies would have themselves a 2-0 lead. Garland would keep the runs to a minimum but unfortunately that is all the Twins would need as the Sox hitters couldn’t figure out Santana.

The first and only run of the game for the Sox would come in the 6th inning. Graffanino led off with an infield single and two batters later Frank Thomas singled and things were looking brighter for the Sox. Magglio Ordonez flew out to center to get one run home but that would be all the Sox could get out of that inning. In the 7th, the Twins would get that run back as a leadoff walk came back to bite them. With 2 outs and a runner on second, Shannon Stewart would drive in his second run of the game with a single to center. However, the Sox would make a run at tying the game in the bottom half of the 7th. Carl Everett led off with a single and Joe Crede walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Jose Valentin would do his job and get the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. But with Miguel Olivo due up, Jerry Manuel went to his bench for Brian Daubach. Unfortunately Daubach could not get the job done as he fouled a pitch off that went straight down onto the plate. Twinkies catcher A.J. Pierzynski pounced on it and tagged Daubach out. Roberto Alomar pinch hit for Graffanino, but struck out to end the inning and effectively end the game.

The Sox couldn’t touch Latroy Hawkins once he entered the game, and Eddie Guardado finished out the 9th. Call it corpse ball or whatever you want, but the Twins pitchers were flat out better tonight. Johan Santana had Sox hitters off balance all night and they could never really figure him out. When they did manage to get 2 base runners, the Twinkies went to Hawkins who the Sox couldn’t touch. The only Sox player to reach base twice was Magglio Ordonez who also drove in the Sox lone run. The Sox first 6 starters in the lineup each had one hit but that is all they could get. Jon Garland came up with a strong outing but the bats did not give him the needed support which is why he took the hook for a loss. The Sox will get a short nights rest and get ready for a day game tomorrow at 1:05 cst. Esteban Loaiza will take to the hill attempting to get his 20th win. He will face Brad Radke in what may be the Sox most important game to date. A win tomorrow is the difference between finishing this series tied for first, or two games ahead. With the Twinkies heading off to Cleveland after this, and the Sox going to Boston, this game is an absolute must for the Sox.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
  Graffanino starts at second for Roberto Alomar against the tough lefty.


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