Short Take: Even worse than Tigers
Same stuff, different day. It's practically an oxymoron to describe a
depressing weekend in the Minnesota's Hump Dome, this one was borderline
suicidal. The Sox show nothing for a third straight game and leave the
Twin Cities wondering what hit them. Sox lose 4-3 for a pathetic sweep
to the Twins.
Unlike the previous two Sox starters, Jim Parque was effective for
four innings against the Twins. Unfortunately, he pitched six. The
Sox offense gave Parque no room for error and the game was a scoreless tie
heading into the bottom of the fifth. That's when the silly Metrodome
roof came into play, Magglio Ordonez misplaying a pop fly into a
Whenever referring to the silly Metrodome, you must always specify
precisely what silly part was the culprit. Was it the trampoline asphalt
floor? The billiard table artificial turf? The Pillsbury dough-boy
roof? The baggie in rightfield? The list is endless.
So instead of two outs and nobody on, Parque has one out and a runner in
scoring position. The next five batters reach safely and before the
inning is over, Jim Parque has been nicked for three runs and three hits, all
of them laughably earned.
Game over. With anemic offensive punch, Sox Fans couldn't fathom how
the team would battle back from a three-run deficit. Frank Thomas
provided two-thirds of the answer with a two-run shot in the sixth. The
Sox would get another run in the eighth no thanks to leadoff man Ray Durham
who flied out to start the inning. He finished the day a giant 0 for 5
with two strikeouts, and not even a lousy walk.
Do you think Ray-Ray is still predicting 1,000 runs for the Sox this
season? He is beginning to look pretty stupid for making such a dumb
comment this spring.
Instead it was Jose Valentin (again) who started the offense with a
double, setting the table for Magglio Ordonez to double him home.
That was it for the Big Sox "O". Three runs wasn't enough to
tie the game because Parque got touched for one more run in the sixth
inning. That was the winning difference for the Twins.
Of course that was the losing difference for a Sox team that must now
understand the 2000 season is over.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
second consecutive day, his two-run homerun was practically the only
offensive spark the Sox offense could muster.
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