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WSI News - Totally Biased Game Recaps

Part One:  the seven days that made our season, consecutive road sweeps of New York and Cleveland.

Big Win at Jacobs Field!

(June 12, 2000)

Well, now we know why Jerry Manuel left all our best relievers in the bullpen Sunday against the Cubs.  This game was only about one hundred times more important than kicking more sand in the face of the Flubs, and the bullpen came through for a tough 8-7 victory over second-place Cleveland.  Our Sox take a 3-game lead in the standings.  What must the folks in Cleveland be thinking after this one?  How many days till the Browns report to camp?

Nobody has figured out how to pitch to Russ Branyan, Cleveland's hot-hitting rookie.  Don't worry kid, the league will catch up to you soon enough.  Cal Eldred spotted the Tribe a 2-0 lead with a mistake to this guy, whose added playing time and heroics Tribe conveniently overlook when complaining about all their injuries.  Put a sock in it!  

The Sox roared back, Ray Durham doubling home two runs, and Frank Thomas going deep for a two-run homer, his sixteenth of the season.  The Big Hurt has more homeruns in 2000 than he had in all of 1999.  Thomas went 2 for 4 with 3 rbi's.  Pitchers are nervous and intimidated again; our generation's Ted Williams is back! 

As leadoff man Ray Durham goes, so go the Sox.  Ray had a huge evening, going 2 for 3, scoring three times, driving in three, walking twice, and clubbing his tenth homerun of the season.  Magglio Ordonez was 2 for 5 with a ribbie, and slumping Brook Fordyce managed a 2 for 4 evening, scoring a run.  

Cal Eldred was strong in six innings work, allowing three runs and five hits, two of them homers.  Sean Lowe was rocky in the seventh, but Bob Howry shut down the Cleveland threat, striking out Dave Justice and Jim Thome in consecutive at-bats, then getting Travis Fryman to tap weakly in front of home plate.  Wonder boy Branyan got another dinger in the eighth, and Thome made it interesting with one of his own in the ninth off Keith Foulke.  Foulke had trouble getting the grip of his change up and was forced to get by with second and third-choice pitches.  His wildness walked the bases loaded, but he induced Sandy Alomar to ground into a double-play to end the game and secure the Sox victory.  

Alomar had no business winning rookie of the year back in 1990 over an ineligible Frank Thomas (too few plate appearances to qualify), but that's a story for another day.  This was a huge win Sox fans.  The critical stretch of the schedule starts with a hard fought victory.  Upward and onward!


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