Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Enguarde! Touche!: Game 99 Thoughts

Sox Lose 3-4

-We did have a pitcher's duel on our hands through the first six innings. The only blemishes on the scorecard were a solo shot by Thome and a solo shot by Kubel. After those homers both Jose and Johann absolutely cruised. Santana retired 9 straight at one point.

-The seventh spelled trouble for both pitchers. White reached on a bloop single, and then Tyner reached base on a controversial bunt. Bartlett cleaned up with his first homer of the season. I know a lot of people will harp on the unfair calls in the game, but the Sox never should have let this happen.

-I swear I've seen this game before. It looks a lot like the games they have lost during this current funk.

-The Sox let another game slip away late in the game. As I noted before, during the past few weeks the Sox have remained competitive going into the fifth and sixth inning but then let the game slip away in the later innings. You can count this one among those games.

-The offense failed to drive home any runners in scoring position, again. Their runs all came viz the home run, again. The Sox threatened in the ninth but lost, again.

-The eighth was disappointing. The Sox had runners on first and second with 1 out. The Sox need to cash in on situations like that if they hope to catch the Tigers or hang onto the Wild Card spot.

-I thought for sure AJ was going to come through in the ninth, and I thought for sure his hit was going to drop. Unfortunately I was wrong on both accounts and the Sox once again failed to drive home a runner who was in scoring position.

-Big Ups of the Night to Mike Macdougal. He was one of the few positives of this game. He has absolutely filthy stuff; I don't think I've ever seen that much movement on a 97 mph fastball. He even managed to rebound after an error, which is something our pitchers seem to struggle with.

Sox Player of the Game

Joe Crede (9)

Sox Record: 59-40


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