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Victoria Day Massacre

May 18, at Toronto


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Short Take: Clayton Richard pitches well, but Jays complete 4-game sweep of Sox.

If the Sox came to Toronto this weekend in a slump, they've left in a full blown tailspin.  Their offense managed to score 8 runs in the 4-game set and blew the 2nd good pitching performance of the series.  Clayton Richard turned in probably the best start of his young career, going 7 innings and only allowing one earned run on three hits, but ultimately, it was not enough as the Jays snuck past the Sox, 3-2 for the series sweep.

Place the blame squarely on the offense for this one, the Sox didn't get on the board until the 8th inning, on a 2-out, 2-run home run by Jim Thome.  Though they had 7 hits, there were few scoring chances, the Sox put runners in scoring position only 3 innings Monday afternoon and, of course, every time someone came up with a big hit (such as a Scott Podsednik triple) or a big base running play (like Jayson Nix's back-to-back steals) they were immediately followed up with a strike out or perhaps the demoralizing weak pop-out.  All this against Scott Richmond, a 29-year-old starter making only his 13th appearance of his career, so no one should be shocked.

The Jays scored their first two runs on a solo blast by Kevin Millar in the 2nd and then, following a Podsednik error in center field, Aaron Hill sacrificed Marco Scutaro in from third.  Though down 2-0 in the 3rd with absolutely no offense behind him, the one real bright spot of today's loss was the pitching of Richard.  He only allowed 3 hits all day in his career-long 7-inning performance, striking out three and issuing 3 free passes.

The Jays put today's game away in the 8th, following Thome's 2-run game-tying blast, against Octavio Dotel, who of course, picked a fine time to allow his first unearned run.  As usual, Octavio's worst enemy was himself, when he walked Jose Bautista to lead off the inning (this would be Toronto's 9th place hitter).  A sacrifice and stolen base later, and Bautista stood a third with two outs for Alexi Rios, who lofted a fly ball to center field that fell just in front of a diving Scott Podsednik.  Rios motored all the way to third with a triple, but it made no difference, Podsednik had to dive for that ball.

After that disastrous 1-6 road trip, the Sox have lost 12 of their last 15 since May 1st, when they closed play up half a game in the Central.  They'll be home tomorrow for some home cooking, hopefully, and a renewed sense of urgency, as even in the crappy AL Central, they're fading into oblivion, 6 games behind Detroit in the loss column.  Tuesday night's game will be against the Minnesota Twins at the Cell.  Game time is the usual 7:11 PM, and Mark Buehrle will take the mound against Scott Baker.  You can catch the action, if you'd like, on Comcast Sports Net.

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