Short take: J.B.'s gone, Bullpen
James Baldwin was traded just a few hours before the Sox played this
game in Cleveland. He was the scheduled starter. For J.B., the Sox
got three minor league pitchers, or at least thought they did. Turns out
Kenny Williams had the wrong guy figured in the deal, Jeff Barry
a 32 year-old outfielder who spent last season in Japan, rather than Jon
Berry, a 23 year-old right-handed pitcher in Single-A Vero Beach.
Confusing for sure, since the Sox GM said he liked Barry's arm. That's
not much of endorsement for an outfielder, is it?
Somewhere back in L.A., former Sox GM candidate Dan Evans is rolling
on the floor laughing. He's the one who pulled this deal off and was
passed over for the very job Kenny Williams now has.
Otherwise it was a proud day to be a Sox Fan. Josh Fogg was
called up to take Baldwin's roster spot but the start went to Gary Glover,
the player Williams got for Scott Eyre last fall. As it turns out, it
was the best trade he made all year.
Glover teamed up with Matt Ginter, Bob Howry, and Keith
Foulke to hold off the Cleveland Indians just enough to win the game
5-4. Maybe the bullpen should start games more often?
While the bullpen cobbled together enough outs to stretch across nine
innings, Jose Canseco was mashing the ball at the plate. His
clutch two-out three-run blast in the fifth inning was the big blow of the
game and the highlight of his own impressive line, 3 for 3 with a walk, 2 runs
scored, and 3 rbi's. Not bad for a guy benched after a festival of
strikeouts the past week.
Matt Ginter deserved a better fate than what Bob Howry dealt
him, allowing two inherited runners to score. Keith Foulke was
much kinder to Howry, getting the third out for his teammate stranding runners
at first and third.
The bullpen picked up the win, a hold, and the save tonight. Danny
Wright is called up and Josh Fogg, an emergency call-up pitcher
only, is sent back down.
Evaluating who stays and who goes for opening day, 2002 has begun!
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"spot start" for the entire crew, Glover, Ginter, Howry, and
Foulke combined for 4 earned runs allowed, 8 hits, 8 strikeouts, and
just 3 walks. A gutsy performance, too rare from the 2001 Sox.
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