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Sleepwalking, the Sequel

July 3, at Chicago Cubs

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:

"Maggs is still AWOL somewhere in Florida, so it looks like he may be behid schedule."

Short Take: Despite being rained on three times, Sox look dead for five innings in rain-shortened loss to Cubs

You can’t blame Sox fans for fretting a bit before Saturday’s game against the Cubs. The team had just come off a sleepwalk in the park, managing 3 hits in yesterday’ s loss and were facing former Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, countering with Felix Diaz, making his fourth MLB start. Would Maddux duplicate his outing last weekend at the Cell or would he duplicate Carlos Zambrano’s outing yesterday, a week after being rocked by the Sox?

After a lackluster first, which featured only a single and stolen base by Aaron Rowand, Felix Diaz reverted to post-last start form, giving up a triple to Todd Walker before having Rey Ordonez take him deep to the left field bleachers. Let that sink in a moment. REY ORDONEZ! A man who averages a home run every 300 at bats or so hit a home run. If you turned your TV off in disgust there, you really didn’t miss much else. Diaz allowed another run in the first, on a solo shot by Moises Alou putting the Cubs up 3 in the first.

After Greg Maddux induced two quick ground outs from Paul Konerko and Timo Perez, the big motif of this game started… Rain. After one pitch to Joe Crede a torrential downpour suddenly beseeched the North Side of Chicago. After a comical display by the Wrigley grounds crew (phew, at least we got the Cubs’ bullpen mound covered… What’s that about the real one?), the game was delayed for the first of four times.

In reality, the delays merely lengthened a real snoozer. The Sox offense carried its team-wide coma from Friday to today. Remember Rowand’s single in the first? I hope so because that would be the lone Sox hit until Sandy Alomar, Jr. singled to right field in the fifth (a few hours later). Frank Thomas then came up hitting for Diaz and squared off with Greg Maddux, as the tying run in the first real scoring chance the Sox had all day, but Frank whiffed on a 1-2 sinker to end the threat, and in reality, any chance of this day turning out good.

In the bottom of the fifth, Sammy Sosa homered off Jon Adkins to up the ante to four runs. With the game official and dark clouds appearing again over the Wrigley’s roof, there had to be a real sense of urgency sinking in. Another downpour came during the inning, but give the umps credit; they gave the Sox every chance to get back in this one. Willie Harris and Aaron Rowand had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning; the only time all game the Sox managed two hits in a frame, to really start the drama. Carlos Lee hit a hard grounder to short that was grabbed by Rey Ordonez deep in the hole, but it looked as if the slippery Wrigley infield might do him in, but his throw beat Rowand to second by mere inches, splitting the runners with one out. After Jose Valentin singled to center field, Harris scored cutting the Cub lead to three, Greg Maddux got the chain. Enter Michael Wuertz, who gave up a single to Paul Konerko and then a sac fly to Timo Perez to cut the Cub lead to 2. Joe Crede then hit a duck snort into short right field that Sammy Sosa was able to run down and grab, sealing the Sox’s fate. The game was delayed again for a few hours before the umps finally just called it a day.

The loss puts the Sox one loss away from being swept out of Wrigley, but they will try to counter that by sending their best pitcher of the year to the hill when Mark Buehrle starts tomorrow night against Glendon Rusch. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball at 7:05 PM.

Ozzieball Update:
Bats silent, YET AGAIN, proving that this lineup just is not capable of winning consistenly while playing NL-style baseball.

submitted by doublem23.

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