Some Kind of Ugly
Short Take: No clutch hits
If you thought the Sox couldn't possibly blow a game quicker than yesterday
when Cleveland scored six times in the first three innings, you've been proven
wrong. Our Pale Hose were bombed early and often in a depressing 7-2
defeat to Boston. This one was ugly. Real ugly!
Rocky Biddle has rightly earned a "hard luck" label for
pitching so many quality starts but failing to garner enough run support to
earn a win. He was tagged with his sixth loss of the season in this one,
and perhaps the sting was eased knowing he deserved every bit of it.
Biddle allowed three-run homeruns in both the first and the second
innings. The way the Sox offense has been going, the game was likely
over right there.
Oh sure, the Sox got some offense but it was of the far too-little variety,
arriving in the far too-late time frame. Royce Clayton and Paul
Konerko each had dingers, but each was a lead-off variety and thus counted
one-third as much as Boston's bombs.
What really killed the Sox was lack of timely hitting. Both Carlos
Lee and Magglio Ordonez grounded into double-plays that killed
rallies and left the Sox without runs. DH Jose Canseco's
strikeout fest continued, 0 for 4 with three K's.
How bad was it? The Sox actually out-hit the Red Sox 10 to 9 and
still lost by five runs.
Jerry Manuel kept Biddle in the game. Like Sean Lowe
the night before, he settled in and pitched effectively. Jon Garland
relieved him for the eighth and gave up a tater while Alan Embree got
mop-up duty in the ninth, two hits and two strikeouts. Good thing the
Giants are paying a big chunk of this guy's salary!
Great news: the Sox get to go right back out there and try again
Saturday afternoon. The drudgery of this season is far from over.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
prolonged slump, a nice bounce back game for Kone-head. 3
for 4 with a dinger and not one strikeout.
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