Friday, September 01, 2006

Slopfest 2006: Game 134 Thoughts

It's Gettin' Ugly...Sox lost 5-7

-I'm going to try something new with this recap. I'm going to sum up the game real quickly, and the focus on the things we did well. Why, you may ask, because there have been far too many negatives as of late and I would like to think positively for once.

-The Sox could not execute. Every facet of the game was lacking. First, the lineup was lacking, BA and Uribe were out of the game, which would have a direct affect on the scoreline. In the 4th we had 3 straight errors. One was off a bad throw by Mackowiak, which Crede couldn't pick; Joe did well though, to keep it in front of him. Had BA been in, I'm confident he would have gotten to the ball sooner and thrown a strike to Crede to get the first out of the inning. The next error, was an ball Cintron just failed to pick up. It hopped just under his glove. Uribe, would have gotten that for out number 2. The next play Crede air mailed a throw off a bunt. Jose didn't help much with his pitching. He gave up 7 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings. The 2 ER are misleading, because he had a whopping 5 unearned runs. The Sox left 20 men on base (6 each for Thome and Crede). Outside 8th, the Sox struggled to drive runners in. The SOx played a sloppy game and paid the price.

-So the good things...
-Mr. MVP, Jermaine Dye, had three hits.
-The reinforcements from the minors played well. Logan and Heager combined to pitched 3 perfect innings of relief.
-Ross Gload continues to have a hot bat; he had a pinch-hit RBI single.
-Crede homered, but couldn't homer the two times he came up with the bases loaded...crap, that's not a positive.
-um, Joey Cora didn't get another outfield assist.
-Pods got a hit, for once.
-No one was thrown out stealing
-No one was hurt
-The Twins lost
-Did I mention Jermaine Dye had three hits?

-I realize there weren't too many positives about this game, but here's hoping the Sox put this ugly, ugly game behind them and/or take this loss as a wakeup call and win the last two games of the series. Tomorrow is another day, and I want to see a different White Sox team out there, one with some fire and some cojones.
They still have the Wild Card lead and the Twins have two more games left with the Yanks.

Onto the awards...

Bad Ozzie Move of the Night - Putting Brian Anderson and Juan Uribe on the bench. How many times have I typed this?

Good Ozzie Move of the Night - I liked Gload pinch-hitting for BA, and I like that the minor league call-ups got some PT.

Play of the Game - Single up the middle; Mack charges slowly, fields it, guns, throws, and bounces the ball to Crede. Sox fans everywhere smacked their heads and cried out "Why isn't Brian Anderson in?"

Big Ups of the Night - To anyone that watched the whole game (it was painful, very painful) and to Logan and Haeger.

Sox Player of the Night
I was tempted to take a pass on this, but even on a miserabl day, Mr. MVP brought his A-game and deserves props for that.

Jermaine Dye (16)

Sox Record: 78-56


Blogger Fornelli said...

Games like this are why God invented Tivo.

9/02/2006 2:08 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

It's alive! It's alive! I can finally post comments again!

Error on Blogger, by the way, as I got locked out midway thru last night's game and was forced to search frantically for a solution all while having one eye on the television.

And yet, if it weren't for my technical problems, I woulda had to tear Ozzie, Pods, Mack and everyone else a new asshole for their pathetic play last night.

9/02/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

Jeeves - very good wrap-up on a VERY PAINFUL game. Thanks for taking some of the sting away !!

9/02/2006 11:26 AM  

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