Monday, July 20, 2009

Sox 4 Rays 3, What A Game

I'm not exactly sure what is up with Big Bobby, but he sure does like to make things interesting doesn't he. For the 3rd consecutive time he has entered the game he has allowed the tying run to get on base. Luckily for Jenks in all three games he has finished them off and gotten the save.

As for Carlos' first night back off the DL, he was 1 for 4 with a single. (Which I called exactly before the game ever started on Twitter.) I thought he looked a little sluggish in his first AB, but from there on he looked alright. It's going to take him a little while to get back into the swing of things, but I think he will be back to the same old Q in no time.

I usually don't harp on fundamentals in games the Sox go on to win. But the failure in the 7th really irked me tonight. Dye and Konerko each left a man on third with less than 2 outs. To have your leadoff man on third, no outs and your 3rd and 4th hitters at the plate, and not come up empty is absolutely unacceptable. That was a golden chance to blow the game open. Luckily we won the game and I can leave it at this.

As for another fundamental that I loved seeing was Alexei hitting the ball to the right side after 2 failed bunt attempts. Alexei is not exactly a pro at sac bunts. He stabs and jabs at pitches when he should be showing the bat early and letting the ball meet it using his legs to raise an lower the bat instead of his arms. Technique aside he didn't get the job done when he was asked. But what he did was take matters into his own hands and roll over to the other side to get Podsednik to 3rd. Of course Aybar booted the ball and Alexei was aboard by means of an error. Moral of the story, good things happen when you play fundamentally sound. Mainly though, I was just happy to see Alexei give himself up like a good 2 hitter should in that spot.

Oh yeah, and don't look now, but the Sox are just 1 game out of first. Some good fortune tomorrow and we are looking at a tied division.

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