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Twinkie Bites Man...

September 11 Vs. Minnesota


Today's temperature:
110
"How can a team play that lifelessly in such a big game? This series could have been the beginning of a great playoff run, instead the Sox act like it is just another game. Now who's fault is that?"

Short Take: Twinkie's 4-run third too much for Loaiza and the lifeless bats...

Some teams work all year for a chance like The Sox had on Thursday. Then those teams run with it, pounding the opponent into a puddle between the foul-lines, relentlessly attacking the bases and being patient yet aggressive at the plate. Unfortunately, the Sox didn't do any of those things today. This series could have been so much different with a little more luck and a little more patience, but even with 19-game winner Esteban Loaiza taking the mound for the Sox, they couldn't get over the hump and put the Twinkies firmly in their rear-view mirror. Not like they didn't have their chances, but Brad Radke kept the Sox batters off balance today and their overly aggressive attitude at the plate led to lots of pop-ups and ground-outs. The Sox did manage to hit two homeruns. Unfortunately they were solo-shot bookends, one coming with two-outs in the first and one with two outs in the ninth. The rest of the day, the batters were highly ineffective.

Hey, where's the cream filling? Sox fans were left shaking their heads today like one of the animals in those goofy hostess commercials as nothing seemed to go their way. The few chances they did have ended when Carlos Lee swung at another off-speed pitch from Radke and hit a soft liner that Shannon Stewart easily gloved with 2 on and 1-away in the 5th. This after the Sox had received a gift from the 1st-base ump - calling Miguel Olivo safe on a sacrifice bunt. Unfortunately, Frank Thomas couldn't do anything either, flying out meekly to right and ending the only inning where the Sox got two men on base not with a bang, but a whimper. The rest of the game was like watching paint dry as the Twinkies tacked on an insurance run in the 7th and the Sox continued to flounder at the plate. Jose Valentin hit that second homerun with two outs in the 9th, but by then most of the fans were on their way to the exits and a series that started with so much promise came coasting to a slow-motion stop.

Well, it's back to tied for first for Sox fans and that is normally a good thing. In fact, it is a good thing, even if it is a disappointment based on the outcome of the first two games. Looks like the Sox will have to do it the hard way, beating up on a bunch of potential playoff teams while the Twins get to play the kitties and jndjans. It starts tomorrow with Danny Wright going in Boston. Go Danny! Go Sox! This race is just heating up.

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 Daubach for Konerko gets a hit, but the Sox cannot solve Brad Radke.


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