Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Soggy At Crunch Time

Disappointing 3-2 loss for the Sox last night in Game 1 vs. the Angels in the ALCS.

Disappointing mostly because of the missed opportunities to at least tie the game in the late innings. The leadoff hitters in the 7th, 8th & 9th all got on base -- none scored. The reasons were failures in the very areas reputed to be the strengths of the team: small ball skills.

In the 7th, catcher A.J. Pierzynski is shot at second on what is clearly a missed hit-and-run sign to Joe Crede. In the 8th, Scott Podsednik had a singularly horrible at-bat after Jose Uribe's leadoff infield single: fouling off two sac attempts before watching a called third strike. Uribe got to second before dying. In the 9th, after Carl Everett reached on an error, Aaron Rowand's telegraphed sac attempt cut down PR Pablo Ozuna at second. A fly out and a Crede punch out finished the game.

Back at it tonight at the Joan.


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