Saturday, August 26, 2006

Front Desk, I Didn't Ask For A Wakeup Call: Game 128 Thoughts

Sox blow it, 4-5

-I think the general consensus among Sox fans was that we were going to be able to turn it up a notch and beat the Twins last night. After salvaging a split with the Motor City Kitties, there was an upsurge of confidence in our boys, but the Twins apparently had other plans and gave us all a rude awakening. The Sox were full of confidence (relatively speaking) coming into the game and now have the prospect of facing a must-win against Santana.

-Things started of well enough. Paulie blasted his first homer in 65 at bats. Then we had two runners on and no outs in the second, but we only got one run out of it. Gload was gunned down at the plate; thanks to Wavin' Wen -erm- Joey Cora. Maybe Joey was thinking there was no way Pods (the next batter) was going to drive in Gload so he just sent him.

-Our defense was there too. Tadahito made a beauty of a backhand stab and snuffed out a Twins rally in the third. Gooch had a nice diving stop in the fourth as well.

-Even Javy was looking good. All of us in the stands, though, were holding our breath as the 6th inning came closer.

-Just like clockwork, Javy started to blow up as soon as the sixth started. It's ridiculous; I don't understand how someone can have such a mental block. It has to be a mental block, I can't think of any other explanation.
Small aside, before the sixth, Javy had let up 3 hits. He was looking like vs. Toronto Javy.
But him blowing up is inevitable, it can't be stopped. Like the roll of the tide, like Hollywood romances falling apart, like the Cubs not winning the World Series...sorry, that was a low blow, but it did make me feel slightly better about my team.
So yes, in the sixth, longball, single, the big ol' yankarooney. I'm glad Oz got him out of there early. At that point people still thought Javy pitched well. He was given a standing O. I didn't cheer though. I saw who was coming in the game, and was about ready to cry.

-Neal Cotts. (I'm poaching some stats from the Cheat.) This man hasn't had a pitchless inning since August 6th (8 appearances), he has allowed lefites to hit .429 since July 8th.

-Miraculously no runs crossed under his watch. Morneau singled and then Ozzie went to the 'pen for our savior, scratch that, the Twins' savior, David Riske. I'm not totally upset with him calling for Riske, because he has pitched well for us, but hindsight iis 20/20 and one Torii Hunter three run bomb and I was cursing.

-AJ teased us by tying the score in the bottom half of the inning, but MacDougal blew it in the ninth.

Onto the awards...

Good Ozzie Move - Getting Javy out early. It didn't pay dividends, but it was the right move.

Bad Ozzie Move - Getting Javy out early and replacing him with Neal "I'm mysteriously sucking" Cotts.

Big Ups of the Day to the offense for getting Javy an early lead.

Most telling stat of the night - Javy's 6th inning ERA is 11.32.

Sox Player of the Game

I have to boycott this pick again. Too big of a loss, and no one had a stunning performance.
These guys deserve mention though...Gload had 3 hits, AJ and Paulie hit big homers.

The Sox better wakeup and put on a fine performance today vs. Santana.

Sox Record: 75-53...We're no longer leading the wildcard.

7 Comments:

Blogger DickdaStick said...

okay jeeves..divert your attention on something else for a few hours.......count your blessings your still not a Cub fan...or a Hawks fan...or an Illini fan....or any fan from cheese-head land....or Jay Marrioti's relative.....

...see there is worse out there.

I'll take Crede to put a dent in Santana's apparent Hall of Fame march

8/26/2006 9:25 AM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

I know that Ozzie's defenders like to point to his "brilliant" use of the pitching staff, but we just lost a one-run game to our key rival without our relief ace ever taking the field. We just lost a one-run game to our key rival with our two worst relievers pitching the key sequence of the game. There's nothing brilliant about that.

8/26/2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

I know that Ozzie's defenders like to point to his "brilliant" use of the pitching staff, but we just lost a one-run game to our key rival without our relief ace ever taking the field. We just lost a one-run game to our key rival with our two worst relievers pitching the key sequence of the game. There's nothing brilliant about that.

8/26/2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

I know that Ozzie's defenders like to point to his "brilliant" use of the pitching staff, but we just lost a one-run game to our key rival without our relief ace ever taking the field. We just lost a one-run game to our key rival with our two worst relievers pitching the key sequence of the game. There's nothing brilliant about that.

8/26/2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

Wow, last time I try to post from this computer

8/26/2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

haha, I was wondering what happened there.

8/26/2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger Fornelli said...

Not gonna be around later, so I'm getting my ptc in now. Taking Crede.

8/26/2006 12:32 PM  

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