Short Take: Corpse ball returns
Carlos Lee batted in a run in the fourth inning and Paul Konerko
hit a two-run dinger in the seventh. That's the full sum of Sox
highlights from this disaster. The Sox made yet another pathetic pitcher
look like Cy Young. Dustin Hermanson carved up a Sox line up filled with
ballplayers who have no business playing everyday or, in some cases,
ballplayers who shouldn't even be in the big leagues. Sox lose to Saint
Louis 8-3 in a blowout.
Kip Wells suffered his worst outing in nearly a month, shutting out
the Cardinals for the first four innings but finally collapsing in the fifth,
hitting two batters and allowing three hits for five runs by the Cards.
Yes, there is reason to believe both batters were diving over the plate and
neither made much of an effort to get out of the way as the rules
require. The homeplate umpire was never in control of this game finally
having to chase hothead Edgar Renteria for arguing balls and strikes.
His team was up five runs at the time. What the hell was he
thinking? Tony LaRussa brings out the best in everybody, eh?
You can hardly blame Wells for pressing a bit. His teammates were
giving him no room to maneuver. Hermanson left after five innings
having thrown just 84 pitches to the impatient Sox. The
top-four in the Sox line up were a combined 3 for 13 at the plate. Don't
laugh--the bottom-three were a combined 0 for 10. Ray Durham
reached base once with a double. He also struck out twice.
He's a streaky little bastard, isn't he?
Rooney and Farmer spent the afternoon alternately complaining about the St.
Louis heat, Fox Sports, Josh Paul's mental gaffes, and Royce
Clayton's salary. They were dead-on with the truth, every time.
The Sox used five different players that started this season at
Charlotte. All of them were promoted as a result of injuries.
Meanwhile early-season busts like Royce Clayton get to play everyday because Jerry
Manuel has nobody else left to use.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
world's tallest midget for his 2-run homerun that accounted for
two-thirds of the Sox's offense. How did the Sox even manage
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