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Cleveland clobbering!

May 19, at Cleveland

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Good, not great, performance going 1-4 with 2 runs scored. Hopefully Magglio can shake off those knee bruises in time for game time tomorrow.."

Short Take: Sox explode for 18 hits, 15 runs, but win could prove costly as Harris and Ordonez leave game after scary collision.

A night after receiving a boost from the mound in Jon Garland, the offense decided to get in on the action, dropping 18 hits and 15 runs on the overmatched Indians in the rubber game of their three-game set. The win however, could prove to be costly as both Magglio Ordonez and Willie Harris left the game in the 7th inning after the two collided in shallow right field tracking down a fly ball.

But let’s talk about the positive to start. First on the checklist was the offense which had been in an extended coma. The Sox came into tonight’s game with a whopping 12 hits and 6 runs to their credit in the first two of the series. Jason Davis would be the recipient of 18 innings of pent-up aggression. Every one of Ozzie’s starters notched a hit; Joe Crede, who came in after Harris and Ordonez exited, managed to go 0-2 with a run. Staying with the offensive motif, the Sox also notched their first nine runs of the game with two outs. Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko busted out of their slumps with nights at the plate. Thomas was 3-4 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and 5 RBIs and Konerko went 2-5, a run, and 4 RBIs. Lastly, the Sox did all this damage without the help of the longball. In fact lone Sox dinger came off the bat of the unlikely Ross Gload in the 8th inning when he plunked one off the right field foul pole.

Lost in this eruption of run support was four very good outings on the mound for the Pale Hose. Scott Shoeneweis continued to surprise and impress, going 6 strong innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs (all earned), and 6 strike outs. He did, however, walk 5 Indians. The bullpen trio of Shingo Takatsu, Jon Adkins, and Kelly Wunsch (making his 2004 debut) were just short of brilliant, all pitching a scoreless inning. Takatsu hit one batter and Adkins allowed a walk, but that was the only blemish on their performance to slam the door shut on tonight's 15-3 win.

However, the frightening collision in right field can’t be overlooked. While both walked off the field under their own power, it did look ugly at the time. Luckily both players only suffered bruises; Harris on his ankles and shins and Ordonez on his knee. While both injuries are described as minor, the two are listed as day-to-day and their eligibility for tomorrow night’s game in Minnesota remains in doubt.

With the win, Shoeneweis improved to 4-1 on the year and the Sox win their 7th series of the season and keep pace with the front-running Twins, who pulled another horseshoe out of the closet in a 6-5 win at Toronto thanks to a pinch-hit grand slam for Matt LeCroy and another bullpen implosion by the Blue Jays. The Sox enter tomorrow’s contest at the Metrodome 2 games behind Minnesota and will send Esteban Loaiza to the hill against Seth Greisinger who mowed down the Sox Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field allowing 4 hits, a walk, and one run in 7 innings. Game time for the opener of a pivotal four-game series is 7:10 PM Central and the game will be aired locally on WCIU.

Ozzieball Update:
No real notable examples of smallball, but it was nice to see the offense pound home 13 runs without a home run, get the job done with 2 outs, and drill line drives into the outfield instead of weak pop-ups.

submitted by doublem23

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