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Thome, or Not Thome: Is That the Question?

August 17 at Minnesota


Immunity:
Alexei Ramirez and Mark Kotsay
Exiled:
John Danks and Matt Thornton

I hate to include Danks in here, but with 5 earned over 7 innings, along with 2 homers, it wasn't his night. He did settle down after giving 4 in the first. It obviously wasn't Thornton's night either after giving up a 2 run bomb to Thome to end the game. Kotsay and Alexei were the men of the hour though with both hitting homers and 2 rbi's each that put the Sox in the position to win...all for not.

Short Take:   Danks wasn't sharp, but Alexei was the key in a rally late to eventually put the Sox ahead in extra innings before Jim Thome homers off Matt Thornton in the 10th to beat the Sox 7-6 in another heartbreaking loss.

To still have Jim Thome or let Jim Thome go has been a question many Sox fans and "analysts" have been asking themselves this season because of our lack of hitting at the DH spot. In reality, the question is, what's wrong with the Sox in losing 7 of their last 11 games? Losing series against inferior competition like Baltimore and Detroit, along with overrated competition like the Minnesota Twins, the Sox are back to showing the disturbing trend of when the pitching's good, the offense fails, and vice versa. Tonight was another perfect example of that. Are there any words to describe how much we hate the Twins? The only thing that would have made tonight's loss worse is if it were done at the hands of super bunter and pinch runner extraoridinaire, Nick Punto. Fortunately, he did not play.

Coming into tonight, 3 back of the Twins, Sox fans felt good with John Danks taking the bump sporting a record of 12-7 with a nice 3.19 ERA. Sox fans were especially optimistic since we were facing the crappy Scott Baker, coming in with his 9-9 record and inflated 4.70 ERA. With that optimism, the Sox were in a position move within 2 games of first. However, after Danks gave up 4 in the first to put the Sox in a 4-0 hole early, the Sox were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game.

After the Sox went down in order in the top of the 1st, Orlando Hudson got the scoring started with a homer in the bottom of the 1st to put the perpetual losers up 1-0. After consecutive singles to Mauer and Cuddyer, the John Kruk like Jason Kubel triples, scoring Mauer and Kuddyer to put the Sox down 3-0. Kubel then scores on a Jim Thome single to put the Sox down 4-0 to end the scoring in the 1st. Ron Gardenhose (Gardenhire) is rubbing his magical grey goatee at this point most likely thinking to himself, "It should be a crime to be this good" or "Is this live or is it Memorex?"

Ah Ha! Not be outdone, the Sox make a comeback in the top of the 2nd. Paulie opens the Sox scoring with a home run to make it 4-1. After a TCQ double, Mark "Oh yeah, I'm your DH, baby" Kotsay hit a 2-run homer to right to put the Sox right back in it at 4-3. Gardenhose is thinking to himself at this point, "Maybe I'm wishing this were Memorex."

In the top of the 4th, the Sox complete the early comeback against crappy Scott Baker. After retiring TCQ, Baker allowed consecutive doubles to Mark Kotsay and AJ Pierzynski to tie the game at 4. Gardenhose is now thinking, "Can I hit reverse on the Memorex?" Now Sox fans are thinking, "Ok, can the Sox pull this one out?"

Unfortunately, positive thinking on our part was derailed a bit in the bottom of the 5th when, after retiring Cuddyer and Kubel, Delmon Young hit a long home run off Danks to put the perpetual losers up 5-4.

The scoring stayed that way until the top of the 9th. With Matt Capps coming in to relieve Jesse "Whooping" Crane, things weren't looking too optimistic for the Sox. Ah Ha! Before you know it, Bag-A-Bones, Alexei Ramirez stepped up to the plate and launched the 0-1 Matt Capps pitch into the left field seats for a home run to tie the game at 5-5. Bonesy comes through in the clutch! After a Bacon single, Juan Pierre reaches on a bunt single. Omar Vizquel then sacrifices Bacon and Pierre to 2nd and 3rd, respectively. After Rios draws an intentional walk to load the bases, Paulie has a golden opportunity to break the game open for the Sox with only 1 out. After working the count to 2-2, Konerko then proceeds to hit into an inning ending double play. Dad-gummit!!

After Thornton works a scoreless bottom of the 9th, the game now goes into extras, tied at 5. In the top of the 10th former Sox pitcher and enormously tall Jon Rauch relieves Matt Capps. After getting TCQ, Mark Kotsay follows with a single. Brent Lillibridge comes in to pinch run for Kotsay. AJ then singles to put runners on 1st and 2nd with only 1 out. Now comes Alexei Ramirez. Sox fans are thinking, "Do it again Cuban Missile!" Gardenhose is thinking, "Ok, now just stop the Memorex!" With an 0-1 count, Alexei delivers with a single up the middle to score Lillibridge to put the Sox up 6-5. Bonesy comes through again!!

Now it's on to the bottom of the 10th and Thornton again comes out to pitch. It's nail biter time. Delmon Young opens the inning quickly with a single. Sox fans have bitten beyond the nail and are biting their own fingers. Up comes old pal and future HOF'er Jim Thome. After getting strike 1, the hope, the thrill, the joy for Sox fans comes to an abrupt end. Thome pounces on Thornton's 0-1 fastball deep to right field for a 2-run homer to win the game for the Twins 7-6. What a game and what a heartbreaking loss.

The Sox will try to even up the series in Minnesota and get back to within 3 games of 1st by sending Gavin Floyd (8-9, 3.70 ERA) to the mound. He will be opposed by Francisco Liriano (11-7, 3.26 ERA). The game will start at 7:10 and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
 Now we're 4 games back after losing 7 of our last 11. Can the bullpen please lock it down? The trend of blowing late inning games is killing the Sox. If the pitching shows up, please let the hitting show up! It's not over yet, but it could be soon if something doesn't change!


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