Short Take: Lower than whale poop.
The worst. The absolute worst. It's hard to fathom a more
embarrassing loss for Sox Fans to endure. The Sox spotted their starting
pitcher a lead, stood by as he kicked it away, then simply watched the game
slip further and further out of reach. The final score was 16-6 and it
was every bit as ugly as you might imagine.
Oakland committed two errors, so perhaps the "defense wins games"
crowd needs to have this box score presented to them framed for their
wall. For fear of making too many errors, it took twenty games for Jerry
Manuel to finally field the line up that won the White Sox 95 games last
year. They didn't give up any errors and scored six runs--the most in a
So why did they lose? In a nutshell: Jim Parque.
After his last start, a complete-game showboat performance, the headlines
hardly noted that the four earned runs Parque allowed mostly came in the sixth
inning--the very inning he usually got pulled by Manuel. Manuel left him
in and we still lost.
Parque saved Manuel the trouble in this outing. Spotted a two-run
lead by Carlos Lee's two-run dinger in the second inning, Parque went
straight out and fed his gopher twice, good for four Oakland runs. He
was getting shelled in the fourth inning too, when Manuel came and got
The rest of the game is a blur. Between screams and sofa pillows
striking the TV screen, it appeared Sean Lowe, Kelly Wunsch, and
Gary Glover were being used as cannon fodder. There were some
meaningless Sox runs scored. I could swear I heard the announcer say the
Sox cut the deficit to 9-6.
Ray Durham got on base twice in five appearances, including his
career 1,000th hit. Number 2 hitter Jose Valentin was a giant
0-fer. Frank Thomas got one hit, while Magglio Ordonez
continued to improve, a 2 for 3 performance. Chris Singleton had
The roof caved in in the ninth inning and no Sox Fan should have to recap
that disaster. Suffice to say Eric Chavez crushed one so deep it landed
on the outfield concourse beyond the seats in right-centerfield. This
whole game was pathetic.
Sox Fans biggest worries might have been Manuel using this mess as an
excuse to stick Royce Clayton back at shortstop or let Jim Parque pitch
nine innings again sometime soon. Instead Manuel said he felt the team
got better swings this game (maybe he'll use this line up some more!), and
Parque needs to get more velocity "wherever" it comes. Could
that be Charlotte?
Jerry Manuel wasn't named A.L. manager of the year because he's stupid.
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|A 3 for
5 performance, a two-run dinger, and two runs scored.
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