Saturday, June 24, 2006

Let's Party Like It's 1982: Game 74 Thoughts

Sox win 6-5 in 10 innings.

-Phew! I didn't jinx them. The Sox have their first nine game winning streak since 1982. (I know they won 8 straight in the playoffs plus opening day this year, but I'm not counting that).

-For a while, it looked I had jinxed the Sox again. See AJ Pierzynski errorless streak. Garland struggled terribly with his control. He gave up five walks (and one intentional walk) in five innings of work, as well as five runs.

-Joe Clutch came through today. He blasted a grand slam off of Chad Qualls to tie up the game at 5 on a day that our offense wasn't exactly clicking. That's our second straight day with a slam, and the second straight appearance against us that Qualls has surrendered a slam.

-The bullpen held it down for the rest of the game. McCarthy, Riske, and Thornton pitched five solid innings of relief. I've said it before, but I'll say it again; the bullpen is slowly but surely turning into a solid unit. Dare I say it? I actually have some confidence in the 'pen now.

-Alex "Pass the Bacardi Citron" Cintron knocked in Mackowiak to win the game. This masks an otherwise lowsy game by the pair of them. Cintron had 2 k's while Mackowiak had a golden sombrero. Mack also looked lost and lousy in the field again. Who thought Sox fans would be awaiting the day that Brian Anderson would return?

-Uribe laid down an absolutely beautiful bunt in the 10th inning, which got Mack over to third after he doubled.

-This is newsworthy only because it's happening rather infrequently now. Pods stole base #23 on the season.

-Big Ups of the Day goes to the 'pen for shutting down the Astros after Garland was taken out.

-Tiger Watch - As I'm writing this the Motor City Kitties are down 2-0 against the Cardinals in the first inning.

Sox Player of the Game




Joe Crede (8)






Sox Record: 49-25

4 Comments:

Anonymous james said...

Hard not to go with Joe for PoG, and I was leaning towards Thorton, but to have the entire Cell go bonkers with a clutch hit from Clutchman, I'd be remiss if I didn't agree.

6/24/2006 8:17 PM  
Anonymous james said...

One more thing of note...
I think we're all tired of the Ozzie fiasco and wish it would go away already, but now KW has finally added his two cents and that has guaranteed that this firestorm will stick around a few more days.
If KW had anything to say about Ozzie, he should have kept it between he and Ozzie and not said anything to the media.
(There is a video clip on ESPN of him talking about the possibility of firing Ozzie if he keeps getting into trouble with his mouth.)
KW's interview has to be an attempt for the Sox front office to save face since they were prepared to do nothing about the "fag" comment initially.
I only hope Ozzie doesn't take issue with what KW said and a rif develop between the clubhouse and front office cuz I would hate to see Ozzie go.

6/24/2006 8:25 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

Couple notes from Comiskey :

-Shocked when Garner took Buchholz out for Qualls - we looked sick against Buchholz and he had only thrown 94 pitches and Qualls is winning PotG awards - for the Sox !!

-Crede electrified 38,377 people with 1 swing of the bat !!

-outside of the playoffs last year, that's as excited as I have seen the team in celebrating the win, in a long time

-Thornton looks really really good, hitting 98-99 with the smoothest arm delivery !!

-Mackowiak did what "gamers" should do - made up for his earlier miscues with a key double and eventual winning run in the 10th

- the recent troubles for Ozzie were nowhere to be found on the actual field of play on a perfect day for baseball with a perfect result for the Good Guys and Ozzie hugging and high-fiving and enjoying it all with the team and fans - lets keep it this way !!!

6/24/2006 10:52 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

The last thing we need is a rift "in house." It's one thing for Ozzie to rip on former Sox players, but an argument between Oz and KW could hinder the Sox on their quest to win a second straight title.

6/25/2006 4:49 PM  

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