Short Take: A Sox win streak!
After sleep-walking through three games in Anaheim, and looking
equally-lethargic on Saturday in Texas, the Sox salvage the last two games of
the six-game homestand and return home with a bit of momentum, taking 2 of 3
from the Rangers. Monday afternoon's final score was 7-4, a make up game
after Friday night's rainout. Sox Fans love the new line up--we're
What separates the last two games from the previous four? Just one
word: offense. The Sox piled up another seven runs on Monday
giving the pitchers enough wiggle room to pitch effectively and out of
jams. Just like Sunday's 10-5 victory, the Sox scored in the first
inning and battled back to regain the lead in the middle innings.
Leading the attack was leftfielder Carlos Lee with a monster 3 for 4
performance, scoring twice and batting in three. He got the offense
started in the first inning doubling home two runs. Unlike the anemic
Sox play of the past month, El Caballo accomplished this feat with two out and
runners in scoring position. "Yeah, baby!"
Jerry Manuel was employing the kiddie corps on the mound. Jon
Garland hadn't a clue what to do with the lead and promptly kicked it
away. Still he left the game with the lead after Chris Singleton
(!) doubled home two runs in the fourth inning. Placing an exclamation
point on the afternoon were Paul Konerko and Lee again with
back-to-back dingers in the fifth inning, scoring three more Sox runs.
Kip Wells, Lorenzo Barcelo Kelly Wunsch, Keith
Foulke each had the same troubles Garland had getting pitches over the
plate. Sox pitchers walked nine batters. Still, they all came
through to preserve the lead, Barcelo and Wunsch each earning holds while
Foulke got his sixth save. The Rangers stranded 13 runners on
base! A pair of inning ending double plays in the fourth and eighth
innings went a long way towards preserving the Sox victory.
Next up are the Haloes, a team the Sox owe big time after the pathetic
effort shown last week in Anaheim. The Sox are swinging the bats again!
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
|3 for 4
at the plate, including a double and a back-to-back dinger with Paul
Konerko, El Caballo scored twice and batted in three. That's no
Sox Schedule | Sox
Clubhouse message board