Short Take: A lifeless shutout
The Sox offense left seven men on base and have rarely looked more crippled
than they did Friday evening at Comiskey. Injuries, scrambled line ups,
players playing in unfamiliar positions, blah, blah, blah... the Sox didn't
even come close to getting the job done against Baltimore. The Pale Hose
get shutout 4-0 and drop again to two games under .500. We're nine games
Kudos to Magglio Ordonez for being the one and only Sox player to
manage two hits. Jerry Manuel jumbled the line up (again) putting
Jose Valentin in the lead-off role followed by Chris Singleton,
while allowing Ray Durham to extend his wet-dream #3 power role.
Valentin reached base to start the first inning, was sacrificed to second
base, and the Sox appeared in business. Of course Durham is a bit too
small to play the power game he thinks he's capable of. His deep fly
fell short of homerun distance, Valentin advancing to third. Hit it on the
ground next time, Ray. Clean up man Magglio Ordonez grounded out and the
early chance ended without a score. It proved to be as close as the Sox
would get all night.
Rallies in the third, fifth, and sixth innings all suffered similar
fates. Nobody on the Sox ever came up with a clutch hit. It was
painful to watch.
Meanwhile de facto staff ace Mark Buehrle was pitching effectively
if not spectacularly. He held Baltimore hitless into the fourth inning,
but was snake-bitten by a fielding error by Carlos Lee misplaying a
double into a lead-off triple. He managed to induce a double-play
grounder to avoid more than one run allowed.
The O's got single runs off Buehrle again in the fifth and seventh innings,
not that it seemed to matter much because the way Sox hitter were popping and
tapping for Baltimore's Josh Towers, a one-run deficit looked like a Mount
Everest-sized obstacle to overcome.
Gary Glover pitched one scoreless inning. Jon Garland
was touched for a run in relief in the ninth.
The Sox are going nowhere playing this way.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
full innings, 3 runs allowed, 7 hits allowed, 3 K's against 2
walks. He held the O's scoreless into the fourth inning and
deserved a better fate than this loss.
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