Beaten like a drum
Short Take: Was there anything
positive in this game?
Let's get the highlights out of the way first. This is going to be
ugly and we wouldn't want anything upbeat to spoil the mood. The Sox
were beaten like a drum by the Minnesota Twins Saturday night in the Hump
Dome, and there isn't any way to sugar-coat what was an abysmal
performance. The final score was 9-4, and the only surprising thing is
that the Sox ever managed to have the lead.
The first inning was the highlight. Frank Thomas stroked what
seems like his millionth first-inning homerun with Jose Valentin
aboard. Carlos Lee doubled home Magglio Ordonez and the
Sox took the field with a three run lead. That's it, Sox Fans. It
was all down hill from here.
Staff ace David Wells got touched for two runs in the bottom-half of
the frame, allowed three more runs in the next three innings. He left
the game after seven innings having allowed five runs, seven hits (two of them
dingers) and the Sox down 5-3. What's scary Sox Fans, is he may have
been the best pitcher we had today.
Kelly Wunsch came on in relief and was shelled for four runs on
three hits with a walk. Bob Howry came in to get the last two
outs for Wunsch but not before allowing two double and four inherited runners
What, is he taking lessons from Bill Simas?
Of course Sox bats were in a deep slumber. Leadoff man Ray Durham
had one inconsequential double for his only successful effort to reach
base. Royce Clayton was finally relegated to the #9 slot and had
another 0-fer performance. His batting average is now .129. The
Sox got eleven hits off Minnesota pitching and scored only three earned
It only lasted 2 hours and 47 minutes. Thank heaven for small
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
inning two-run dinger gave the Sox an early lead and set the course
for what could have been a winning effort. It was his only hit
of the night.
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