Thursday, August 31, 2006

An Easy Win...Where Would the Fun be in that?: Game 132 Thoughts

The Sox pull it out, winning 5-4!

-Another day, another scrappy win by the Sox. I'm happy as long as we keep winning, but the stress levels are getting seriously high. I think in total with all this stress, the Sox have taken about 7 months off the tail end of my life.

-Although you would never expect the '05 Sox to go down love-4 against the D-Rays, this victory did remind me a lot of last year's team.

-Garland had a decent performance; he didn't have his best stuff but he gutted out a good start. He left a few balls up early and found himself down by four runs. The '06 version of the Sox would have packed it in and lost something like 8-2, but we fought back today. After giving up a run in the fourth, Garland put up 4 scoreless innings, seemingly waiting for the Sox to put up runs. Garland ended the game, giving up 4 runs in 8 innings and only threw 93 pitches. Not a bad for a day's work, especially considering the pitching performances we've been getting lately from people not named Jon Garland.

-Dye showed off another aspect of his game (MVP voters, I hope you took note). Dye showed off the ability to get not the clutch hit, but the clutch steal. On two occasions, Dye singled and stole second with two outs, and on both occasions he scored. I don't know if this was a call from the dugout or JD's own decision, but those SB's were huge.

-The Emperor, like many of his teammates, has a flair for the dramatic. He has been struggling as of late, batting .236 since the start of August, but he was able to hit a huge two-run homer to tie the ball game. Hopefully, Gooch will build off this and start to turn things around.

-Pods seems to be slipping back toward mediocrity, going 0-5 with a whopping 4 k's. Yes, that a golden sombrero.

-We had another wacky play today. With one out in the ninth, Baldelli flew out deeeep to right. There was a runner on first and he was going on the pitch. JD caught the ball and threw a laser to first. The runner barely beat the throw, but Paulie threw the ball to second for the appeal. It turns out the runner didn't touch second on his way back to first.

-The Sox won, but there is some bad news. Thome re-pulled his hammy, and is out indfinitely. We'll find out the severity of the injury tomorrow, hopefully. I say treat him with kiddie gloves; we need him to be healthy for the end of the season and the post-season. Gload has been hot as of late and can fill in for the time being.

-Looks like JD is staying in the 3-hole by default.

-Onto the awards...

Bad Ozzie Move of the Night - Starting Jim Thome. I wasn't thrilled to see him in there to begin with. I figured that these are the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and we should be able to handle them without Jimbo. It's not as though Gload has been stinking up the joint.

Good Ozzie Move of the Night -Leaving JD in the 3-hole. As the saying goes, don't fix it if it ain't broke.

Play of the Game - Iguchi's game tying homer. JD's 2nd SB was huge, but Iguchi's homer gave us new life.

Big Ups of the Night to Garland for staying strong and giving us a quality start, and Gooch for obvious reasons.

Sox Player of the Game

Jermiane Dye (15)

Sox Record: 78-54... 1.5 up on the Twinks!!


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

For about three hours a day I'm a mess, just like Jeeves said. Being resigned to the fact the Sox just aren't gonna make it easy only helps during the other 21 hours in the day.

So I've invested in a defibrilator and it takes it's rightful place next to my computer.

No doubt with Javy pitching later on today, I'll hvae certain need of it at sometime around the 5th or 6th inning.

8/31/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Buda said...

The '06 version of the Sox would have packed it in and lost something like 8-2

I can't agree.

The Sox don't seem to pack it in this year as they have had a lot of exciting comebacks (even if many fell short). Last year it seemed that they didn't need to comeback very often as they were always ahead.

8/31/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

That's true, especially as of late, they have been clawing back well. I guess I should have been more specific and said the July of '06 version of the Sox

8/31/2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

I like the Jerminator(TM) and all, and yes he had a terrific game, but COME ON! Two-run homers with two outs in the 8th, down 2, when it looked like it was one of those games where NOBODY could come up with "the big hit" ... the sense of relief in the building was palpable.

We've stolen two and the Twins have flubbed two. It's looking like there's life in the ol' season yet. It's still not like last year but yesterday's hit by Iguchi brought back a little bit of '05.

8/31/2006 10:54 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Is that a vote to change the PoTG?
As we've seen before, if there's support for change, I'm more than willing.

8/31/2006 10:56 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Any game-tying HR is good reason for a PotG nod...


JD's two SB's both led to runs including the winning run with 2 outs, so if you look at the overall game performance, including a very nice play in RF, JD get's my vote and not just cuz I picked him to click.

8/31/2006 1:02 PM  

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