Short Take: Buerhle makes 3
straight for Sox!
This isn't exactly what Sox Fans had in mind when the season began, but
clearly this is the best the Sox have played since the season began.
Once again the team receives a clutch pitching performance, this time from
lefty Mark Buerhle. Even more important, the Sox offense gave him plenty
of run support (including some late-inning runs) and the Sox cruise to an 8-0
victory over Detroit. They go for the three-game sweep Sunday evening on
So what was the key sequence to this game? Was it the two first
inning runs set up by Jose Valentin's leadoff double? Nope. It came in
the bottom-half of that same frame. With one out, runners on second and
third base, Mark Buerhle faced Detroit's top hitter Tony
Sox Fans, how many times have we faced this situation--the Sox get a quick
lead and then our pitcher gives it right back and then some? Anyone who
has been following this team could see it coming and was already grabbing for
sofa pillows to throw at the TV screen. We've been here before!
Ah, but this time was different. Buerhle went right after
Clark. He threw a strike with his first pitch, got Clark to foul off
strike two, came in again for another foul, wasted one, and then struck out
Clark swinging. Clutch City, Sox Fans!
Punk Dean Palmer was next and flied out on the very first pitch and Mark
Buerhle walked off the mound unscathed. He cruised from there.
Meanwhile Sox bats showed real signs of life. Again Jerry Manuel
fielded a line up with Jose Valentin leading off (playing shortstop), Chris
Singleton #2 in centerfield, and Ray Durham #3. Those three
accounted for eight of the Sox's twelve hits and six runs. Finally the
top of the order is working!
Yes, the bottom of the order continues to struggle, and yes Jose Valentin
committed an error at shortstop. Predictably, Valentin's error was
inconsequential, Detroit never scored. You can bet the morons at ESPN's
Baseball Tonight will miss that little detail. Let's hope Jerry
Manuel and Kenny Williams have enough brains to ignore Peter
Gammons and the rest of the brainless dolts who think Valentin is hurting us.
National TV on Sunday. Here's Joe Morgan's chance to show how little
he knows about the Sox, too.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
complete game 4-hit shutout effort. Six strikeouts against just
one walk. It's hard to lose when your starter pitches a
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