Short Take: Baserunning blunders
If this is the road trip that will make or break the 2001 Sox season, then
our Sox just got a flat tire and realized the trunk has no spare. They
played well enough to win this game but literally ran themselves out of
victory, 4-3 losers at Seattle.
A pair of first inning homers by Jose Valentin and Carlos Lee
(batting #2 and #3 respectively) got the Sox off to the good start they
figured to need to beat Aaron Sele and avoid trying to come back against
Seattle's tough bullpen. Alas, Sox starter Mark Buehrle couldn't
make it hold up. He and Kelly Wunsch conspired to toss away the
lead, 3-2 in the sixth.
Does this script sound familiar, Sox Fans? Hold on, it gets worse.
Thirdbasemen Jeff Liefer led off the seventh inning and quieted the
rowdy Safeco Field crowd with a monster shot to left-centerfield tying the
game. Sandy Alomar followed with a double. The game tied
and a runner in scoring position with nobody out, maybe the Sox can win after
Not a chance. Jerry Manuel replaced Alomar with pinchrunner Josh
Paul. In a classic bunt situation, Chris Singleton instead
lined out to left field. Way to advance the runner! Not content to
see Singleton wear the goat horns, Josh Paul gets the bright idea to steal
third base. Apparently Josh wanted to go to third base because you can
score from there. Someone please explain to Josh he can score from
second base, too.
So of course Paul is out from here to there and the rally quickly
dies. Paul wasn't finished with boneheaded plays. As lead off man
in the ninth, Paul doubled into right field, but thought it would be better if
he had a leadoff triple instead. It's important to be on third base
since you can score from there, but second base also, ... well, you know the
story! So Paul is out at third base twice in a single game and don't you
know a Ray Durham single and a Jose Valentin double would have easily
brought home Paul with the tying run had Mr. Versatility been still on base
rather than back in the visitor's clubhouse pouting over being tagged out.
So Bob Howry walks the leadoff man in the seventh inning and of
course he scores. Meanwhile the Sox are clueless how to run around the
bases with anything but empty heads attached to their shoulders.
Some of the dumbest baseball ever played by the Chicago White Sox.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
couple of nifty plays at third base and a huge seventh inning homer
(his first big league dinger) pulled the Sox even again at 3-3, and
appeared to be the key blow to lead a victorious Sox comeback.
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