Short Take: That hurt.
How's that for home-field advantage, Sox Fans? The Sox had
Minnesota's number coming and going and still failed to put the Twinkies
away. A 6-3 lead entering the ninth inning is nothing but a 7-6
defeat. This one hurt.
The top of the line up was clicking. Ray Durham started the
game with a solo homerun and the message was sent early: the Sox
wouldn't be rolled in this game. Scoring opportunities went by the
boards in the second and third innings, including two key strikeouts by Carlos
Lee and Magglio Ordonez stranding Durham at third base.
Rocky Biddle had the stuff to win this game. He went 6.2
innings allowing three runs, four hits, striking out six, walking four.
It was two more homeruns by the Sox in the sixth by Carlos Lee and Jose
Canseco that looked to make the Sox winners. Two more runs in the
seventh made it 6-2 Sox and a rested bullpen stood ready to finish off the
Nope. An infield trampoline bounce was enough to get Matt Lawton to
first with an rbi single in the seventh. Bob Howry managed to
squirm out of a nobody-out bases loaded jam with a strikeout and a
double-play. That was the last bit of good luck the Sox would have.
The luck all went the other way in the ninth. The Twins used Paul
Konerko's glove for a badminton racket, bouncing 2 of 3 singles off his
glove leading to one run. Next a dribbler skipped through the hole past Herbert
Perry's glove and well underneath the glove of our low-range defensive
specialist Royce Clayton at short.
Would this be a good time to mention Royce was 0 for 4 with two
strikeouts? Get him out of here. Josh Paul was 0 for 4 with
a K and another stolen base allowed. Why are we carrying three
catchers? With these two hitting #8 and #9, is it any wonder we couldn't
turn the line up over?
Back to the ninth inning disaster. A key strikeout by Keith Foulke
for the second out looked to finally shutdown the Twinkies but no, it was a
triple high of the right-field baggie brought home the tying and winning run.
Baggies, white ceilings, trampoline bounces, and pool table squibs through
the infield, but that's the game played in Minnesota so we Sox Fans just have
to get used to it. It's only one loss unless we want to make it
I think I'll be sick.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
and a two-run homerun, including what should have been the game
winner. It wasn't.
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