Rocked, then rolled
Short take: Big game, flat effort
Here was another big game. The Sox figured to need to win at least 3
of 4 from Cleveland in this series and they had only managed to split the
first two games. They figured to need Thursday's finale too, but typical
for the 2001 White Sox, they made the point moot losing before they ever got
that far. Rocky Biddle and the Sox get rocked early and rolled into the
ditch by the Indians, 7-5 at Cleveland.
Kenny Williams, start dealing.
Rocky Biddle had nothing. From the very start he was getting
lit up. Whatever slumber manager Jerry Manuel was in, he didn't
awake from his comatose state until there was one out in the third inning and
his starting pitcher tagged for seven earned runs.
It was truly ugly and the lack of urgency amongst the field staff quite
disturbing. Here's a team you're trying to catch not just for the wild
card but the division race, too. If you can't reach into your bullpen
early in this game, precisely when would you ever?
There is no tomorrow for the Sox, at least not as currently
constituted. As bad as things were on the mound, the Sox still show
flashes of what made them great a year ago. The second inning was
beautiful. Paul Konerko started things with a solo dinger, then
three singles by Sandy Alomar, Royce Clayton, and Ray Durham,
brought Jose Valentin to the plate. His drive to right brought
home two runs and suddenly the Sox had a 3-2 lead.
Biddle kicked it away the very next inning and the Sox never
recovered. Manuel brought in Jon Garland who was truly the only
bright spot of the evening. He shut down Cleveland's offense with four
scoreless innings. In contrast to the mess Biddle made, Sox Fans can't
help but think Garland effectiveness is destined to earn him a spot back in
the rotation. Biddle's would appear to be available.
Corpseball for the rest of the game until Magglio Ordonez got an rbi
double in the ninth. Too little too late. The Sox managed to
out-hit Cleveland 12-9. Horses and hand grenades-type statistics,
We were buried early, just like our entire season.
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relief effort turns into four scoreless innings of one hit ball.
After Rocky Biddle's disaster, did Jon pitch himself back into the
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