Short Take: Lowe & Canseco lead
Ah yes, that's more like it Sox Fans! After one-half season of
stumbling and fumbling, we thought we would never see again our Sox simply
grab the opposition by the throat, cut their windpipe, and shake 'em to
death. That was a regular occurrence just one year ago, but the offense
hasn't been there in 2001 to duplicate that championship season.
Today was different. The Sox scored early and often, took advantage
of the other team's mistakes, and got solid pitching by a hard-nosed pitcher
proving his critics wrong. A nice and total victory to enter the three
day all-star break, 9-2 over Pittsburgh.
Sean Lowe was sent down to Charlotte early this season for no
apparent reason beyond throwing too many balls is a relief appearance.
He rightly complained at the unusual treatment (everyone on the Sox staff was
pitching like crap at the time) and even asked to be traded. Cooler
heads prevailed and Lowe has been the key pitcher out of the bullpen in long
relief, a role he has filled admirably for over two years now.
In another spot start for the injured David Wells, Lowe proved why
he ought never get shipped to the minors ever again. A gutsy eight
inning performance allowing just six hits and one run earned Lowe a promise
from Jerry Manuel to pitch the third game of the Cubs series coming up
next weekend at Wrigley Field. That's a long way from Charlotte!
Meanwhile the offense was taking full-advantage of mistakes by
Pittsburgh. A two-out error extended the second inning leading to four
unearned runs for our Pale Hose. Give the devil his due, the key at-bat
was Royce Clayton's who tripled home three of those four runs.
Oh, and the power! Here is the ingredient obviously missing from the
2001 Sox. Jose Canseco turned what might have been another
cardiac arrest Sox victory into a big, big victory. A two-run dinger in
the third inning and a solo shot in the seventh buried the Pirates in a manner
that had Sox Fans getting teary-eyed for the glory of 2000 when no amount of
offense was beyond the realm of possibility for a Sox line up that could knock
the cover off the ball top to bottom.
We really miss it. don't we Sox Fans?
The Sox enter the all-star break at 41-44, in third-place and 13 games off
the pace. Can they reach the wild-card? Three months of baseball
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the power so obviously missing from the 2001 Sox compared to the
95-win 2000 edition of the team. 3 for 4 at the plate with 3
rbi's and 2 homeruns. You know why the Sox scored 9 runs
today? Jose Canseco hitting #5.
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