Short Take: The streak is over.
Well Sox Fans, we've been down this path before. Injuries, poor
baserunning, lousy defense by "defensive specialists" and sub-.100
hitters in the line up, the Sox stumbled through nine innings to a shutout
defeat, 4-0 to Toronto. The win streak is over at five.
Can Jerry Manuel honestly say he's surprised?
Chris Singleton was a late scratch for a sore Achilles. That
meant the monster numbers lately put up by the top of the order would tonight
be without his services. So who does Manuel choose for the #2
spot? Royce Clayton of course! That also meant playing Jose
Valentin out of position in centerfield. Meanwhile Tony
Graffanino sits on the bench and nobody can play the outfield because we
have a 42 year-old designated hitter with a .117 batting average taking up our
last roster spot.
Oh, but it gets worse! Josh Paul is the luckiest fool in baseball to
twice avoid being charged for a passed ball, the first time leading to
Toronto's first run. He also allowed a baserunner to advance because
he's too lazy or perhaps too dumb to know the game situation during a
rundown. Let's add "catching" to the list of skills like
basestealing and baserunning that Josh's alleged "versatility" is
really just a polite word for "mediocrity". Face it Sox Fans,
the kid can't do anything well.
The baserunning was in rare form too, Ray Durham picked off first base, and
Jeff Liefer running through a stop sign to be tagged out from here to
there at homeplate. Gary Pettis is sure adding a lot to the 2001
Sox, isn't he?
Rooney and Farmer blamed "defensive specialist" Clayton's weak
throwing arm for causing Ray Durham to rush a throw. They rightly
noted Jose Valentin's throwing arm is stronger and gets the ball around the
Apparently the benched Clayton has been exhausting himself away from the
playing field. How else to explain why a guy hitting .100 would fail to
run out an inning-ending double play groundout? It's not like anyone
gave him an "out" sign, right? It's a good thing Jerry
Manuel has reverted to "zombie" mode, suggesting in his
post-game comments he'll start Clayton again, and congratulating him on his
terrific ninth inning two-out base hit.
What planet is Jerry Manuel from--and how soon can we ship him back?
Kip Wells was the victim of this mess, and all Sox Fans can say is
how sorry we are to know we must waste such fine pitching performances so
fools like Josh Paul, Royce Clayton, Gary Pettis, and Jerry Manuel can draw
major league paychecks.
This was bush league stuff with big league prices. Everyone there
ought to be given a free ticket to another game. They're owed
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
two earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched. Just seven hits while
striking out seven and walking just two. He pitched well enough
to win, but not with Jerry Manuel's anemic line up.
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