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Home Isn't Where The Heart Is

April 17 vs. LA Angels of Anaheim of Orange County

Levels Finished:
The Sox started to generate some offensive rallies, but in the end too many barrels from Angel pitching closed the door.

Short Take:   Sox offense sputters once again as the Angels complete their three-game sweep Sunday.

The Sox had their chances today but again couldn't capitalize in losing 4-2. After today's game, a slightly somber Ozzie Guillen said, "We were in most of the games. We were one shot away, but we didn't get it." Sorry Oz, close doesn't cut it. This is especially true with a Sox offense that's currently second in the AL in scoring but only scored seven runs in three games in getting swept by the Angels.

Yeah, the Sox normally play like garbage on Sunday, but they unfortunately played like crap for almost all of the six game home stand. The Sox are now 7-8 on the season, having lost four in a row and five of the six games they had at home. For a team that started 6-3, coming home truly wasn't where their heart was. Where is their heart? Who knows, I wish somebody would let us know.

Take your pick at what the problem is. First, it's the bullpen blowing saves. Then, it's the defense making errors on plays that are made by most college players. Now, our offense cannot muster up enough runs to win. Sure the Sox faced both Jered Weaver and Dan Haren this weekend, but excuses will only get you so far.

Speaking of Haren, he was on the mound for the Angels trying to become the second pitcher on the team, after Weaver, to go 4-0. Haren did just that in going six and a third innings, seven hits, six strikeouts, and two earned runs. Mark Buehrle went for the Sox and didn't pitch terrible, but nowhere close to his masterpiece last time out. Buehrls would go seven innings, giving up four earned runs on ten hits, and five K's.

The Angels took the lead quickly in the first when Maicer Izturis doubled and later scored on a Torii Hunter sac fly.

The Halos eventually went up 4-0 which consisted of yet ANOTHER Maicer Izturis double, a Mark Trumbo homer, and a Vernon Wells triple.

The Sox biggest threat happened in the seventh. The Sox would score two runs that started when TCQ doubled to center and Rios reached on an infield single. AJ Pierzynski and Alexei "Bag-a-Bones" Ramirez followed with consecutive singles off Haren to make it 4-2. Unfortunately, some guy named Takahashi came in relief of Haren to shut the door on any further damage.

The Sox would again dangle the carrot in front of our faces in the bottom of the ninth. Facing hard throwing but erratic closer Jordan Walden, TCQ started it off with a double. Rios then walked after a nice at bat. AJ Pierzynski would come up and execute a beautiful sac bunt to move the runners over. However, Alexei Ramirez followed that with a check swing strikeout. Omar Vizquel drew a walk to load the bases and tease Sox fans once more. Of course, Juan Pierre then hits some weak crap to left field to end the game.

Now, after taking a massive dump in their own pants, the Sox get to go on a long eleven day, eleven game road trip. Their next game is tomorrow, April 18th at Tampa Bay against the surging Rays. Edwin Jackson (2-0, 2.89 ERA) will face David Price (1-2, 3.92 ERA). The game starts at 5:40 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
 "Oney, get me some cookie and milk. Maybe I can party with some old Marlin buddy when we get to Florida."

submitted by tstrike2000.

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