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Losers Walk

September 16 at Minnesota

Today's temperature:
"When will the team start playing like a contender? The complete lack of intensity, emotion and awareness of the importance of these games is becoming a blistering indightment of Jerry Manuel."

Short Take: Ho Hum... Another lackluster effort in another big game...

Some nights it is tough to be a Sox fan. Take tonight for example. The Sox sent staff ace and Cy Young candidate Esteban Loaiza to the mound in search of win number 20. He had failed just last week against these same Twinkies and their rejuvenated second-half stud Brad Radke. Radke took the mound for the Twinkies again tonight and wasn't nearly as sharp. The Sox got eight hits off of him over seven innings, but once again Radke didn't walk a single Sox hitter and the Sox failed to get any clutch hits when runners were in scoring position. As a result they managed 2 runs for the whole game. Meanwhile Loaiza struggled from the beginning of the game. He walked three Twinkie hitters in the first inning alone and a sacrifice fly made it 1-0 after one inning even though the Sox had out hit the Twinkies 2-0. It didn't get much better after that.

In the second inning the Twinkies got their first couple of hits and followed that with a couple of walks, a couple of wild pitches and a couple of fielder's choices to plate a couple of runs. The Sox got two more hits in the third, but didn't get any runs and the Twinkies plated another run on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly. By then Loaiza was gone - pulled after 2.1 innings of horrible pitching allowing 4 ER on 4 hits and 5 walks. It was reported on TV that he had the flu and was allowed to pitch anyway. Which of course begs the question, WHY? Sox hitters performed the usual hat trick of bad situational hitting, swinging for the fences, failing to advance runners and grounding into double plays off of Radke's junk. There was a very funny (not HA HA funny) moment in the 7th when with one out, Carlos Lee hit a flyball into center and stood at home plate admiring it - only to watch it fall harmlessly into Toriiiiii Hunter's glove several dozen feet from the warning track. I am sure the Twinkies had a good laugh at that one later in the clubhouse.

Losing is never pretty, but this one was extra ugly. Nothing good to take from the game, so you try to put it behind you and move on to Wednesday. The next two Twinkie pitchers are very hittable, but the season may well come down to how well Jon Garland and Bartolo Colon pitch in these final two games with their adversaries from way up north. The Sox need to win them both to give themselves a legitimate shot at the division and even that may not be enough. It's back against the wall time, how will the Sox react? Will the hitters do some of the little things that the Twinkies do automatically? Will the pitchers perform? Will JM finally find a way to motivate the team? This soap opera of a season is in its final few episodes. Now or never, Sox fans, now or never...

Tinkerer Update:
 No major changes, but pinch hitting for Olivo in the 7th comes back to bite the Sox when Alomar allows 2 base runners to steal second, one of them scoring an insurance run.

submitted by The Warden.

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