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Busch-whacked

(June 15)

Short Take:  What was that?

Losing sucks.  Sox Fans have endured more of it than we imagined we would in 2001, and we have the longest streak of futility of any team in the American League.  Still we've been winning, digging ourselves out of a hole, and playing some terrific ball of late.

So what the hell happened in St. Louis Friday night?  Sox lose 10-3.

The Sox offense was on the wrong end of a perfect pitched game for the first four innings thrown by the oh-so-mediocre Andy Benes.  Thank God Magglio Ordonez applied a bit of electroshock therapy to the team by going downtown to leadoff the fifth, breaking up the perfect game, no-hitter, and shutout with one swing of the bat.

Jon Garland got the start for the injured Rocky Biddle.  He was decent if not dominant on the mound getting pulled for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning trailing 3-1.  He got in a jam in the first inning but was lucky enough to escape with just two runs scored.  The third one came in the fifth on a Mark McGwire homerun.

Hey, it happens.

Jerry Manuel must have thought the far end of his bullpen needed work because out popped Matt Ginter for the sixth, followed by Kelly Wunsch, and finally Ken Vining.  Holy Cow--how did we ever hold the Cards to just ten runs?!

Down three runs, the Sox had a legitimate chance at winning this game in the seventh.  A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for Joe Crede with two out.  He batted in two runs with a single and Royce Clayton came to bat.  The rally ended right there.  Clayton got two quick strikes and grounded out.

Looks like St. Louis knows how to pitch to this loser.

Ray Durham left the game with an irritated knee.  He is now day-to-day.  He was replaced by Tony Graffanino at the top of the order.  The top-three hitters in the Sox line up were a combined 2 for 12 with three strikeouts.  You don't win many games that way.

Time for another win streak.  Saturday's is an afternoon game and Fox is broadcasting it.

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Joe Crede

With 2 out and the Sox desperate for a rally, Joe took a 3-2 pitch and singled home two runs.  It looked like the Sox were finally in business!  They weren't.

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