Aug 16, 2006

Rivera Blows It

There were many culprits at blame in this game. Posada & Melky went 0-10. Wang only lasted 5 innings. They hit into 3 DPs. There were several bad calls (missed strikes and Wilson out at first). But the bottom line is this: the team has done it's job when it gives the lead to its closer in the 9th frame. Rivera put a pitch down Broadway, and Konerko hit it just enough to send it over the wall.

1: If Giambi doesnt GIDP? Garcia's weakest inning.
1b: If Cintron doesnt get that 2-out, 2-run single?
2: If Posada doesnt GIDP with the bases full?
3: If Wilson is rightfully called safe?
4: If Giambi doesnt get hurt and gets to hit instead of Bernie with Arod on 2nd, who's now about 0-11 in PH sits this year?
5: If Melky doesnt hit a weak grounder on 2-0, Cano on third, 1 out?
6: If Rivera puts that pitch where he wants to?
6b: If Jeter gets the 3 hits he deserves?
7: If Cano fields that ball cleanly? If Proctor finishes guys when he's up 0-2 on them? If the 3-2 to Thome is called a strike (which it certainly could have). If Arod catches that pop-up?

A tough loss. The only positives I see are that Arod, Abreu & Cano look good at the plate, Posada made 3 perfect throws to stop SBs, that Farnsworth continues to pitch well, Jenks will be unavailable tonight, and that the lowly Royals topped the other Sox, so we didnt lose any ground. Beating the defending champs on the road shouldn't be expected necessarily, but Boston beating KC should be, so all is not bad.

6-5 Chicago

3*: Arod, 3-3, 2 bb, 2 rbi, 1 r
2: Abreu, 2-4, 1 bb, 1 rbi, 1 r
1: Cano, 3-5, 1 2b

PS: (AA) Hughes yesterday: 5 ip, 1 er, 2 h, 0 bb, 6 k. :) I know he shouldnt be rushed, but next year, with Johnson & Mussina older, Pavano a big ?, Wright's inconsistency, and Wang being the only sure thing, is it too much to ask for him to get a chance in the Spring to make the team? I'd rather have Hughes learn up here than have Randy continue to post a 5 era. Tonight's a big start for Randy.

Wednesday August 9, 2006 - 04:05pm (EDT)

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