Sox Corpse loses again
Short Take: You knew Clayton would
Jerry Manuel started young Kip Wells in his first game of the
year. Figuring to need extra runs to help the young pitchers confidence,
who do you suppose Manuel put in the Sox line up? Royce Clayton
and Harold Baines, of course. What, couldn't he find room for Julio
The Sox lost 3-2 to Oakland for their fourth straight defeat. How we
managed to even make this game close is truly a miracle because anyone
watching the Sox swing at first pitches and then trot back to the dugout knows
this team hasn't a clue at the plate. Will somebody wake up Von
Joshua. Hit Jerry Manuel over the head, too!
Wells pitched five innings but got no run support and finally was touched
for three runs, starting with a dinger that may have rattled him a bit.
So what? Did Jerry Manuel honestly expect to win this game? You
wouldn't know it by his line up. Clayton is now hitting .103 after
another 0 for 3 performance. Manuel even allowed Clayton to bat at the
top of the eighth inning. He had Tony Graffanino available as a
Batting in the #5 spot, Harold Baines managed two walks along with a
pair of groundouts, his batting average sinking further to .123. Nobody
on the Sox got credit for an rbi because the only runs they scored were both
on double-plays. Jeff Liefer and Paul Konerko were the
guys lucky enough to be batting with nobody out--or the Sox wouldn't have
scored any runs!
Ray Durham reached base once on a walk, but he also struck out
twice. He and Jose Valentin reached base twice in eight plate
Jerry Manuel is not serious about winning baseball games. Sox Fans
aren't serious about giving him anymore slack, too.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
all odds, managed not one but TWO hits for the Sox. Hey look, he
even scored! One of only two Sox players to cross homeplate!
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