I don’t mind staying at a hotel, but when I am charged 11 bucks for internet than I get pissed off. This blog may be late in coming, but I did write this Sunday night.
Saturday, the Detroit Tigers humiliated the Sox. Sunday they ripped their heart out. In a game that was close for maybe 2 innings, the Tigers throughly destroyed the Sox 18-2. It was 18-0 before the Sox scored a pair in the 9th inning.
I’m not saying that Sunday was expected, but after Detroit walked off with a victory the nigh before, you knew the Sox’ balloon was popped. Whatever steam the Sox had evaporated in the Detroit humidity.
Looking at the positive side, if the game started in the 9th, the Sox would have a 2-0 lead. It didn’t, and the Sox now head to Minnesota a beaten and battered team.
Mark Buehrle had his worst start since, well, in a long time, giving up 7 earned runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings.
But it wasn’t just Buehrle who took it on the chin. Rookie Addison Reed, who pitched so well in 4 minor league stops, didn’t pitch too badly, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits in just over an inning of work. Not bad for his big league debut. A couple of those hits off Addison were of the bloop variety. Remember the last guy who made 4 or more minor league stops in one season before joining the Sox? Try Daniel Hudson. He doesn’t seem to be pitching too badly in the desert.
Shane Lindsay, who’s mom came all the way from Australia to see him pitch on Friday, had to be in tears on Sunday. Her son was blistered. 7 earned runs on 8 hits in just one inning of work. His ERA now stands at 31.50.
Will Ohman couldn’t escape the carnage either, giving up a 2-run shot to Andy Dirks in the 8th inning.
Detroit pounded out 24 hits! 6 of their hitters had 2 hits. 2 had 3 hits, and 1 had 4 hits. Just an embarrassing performance by the South Siders.
I thought about finding something positive to say about the Sox, but when you lose by 16 runs, there is nothing positive to say.
Can Adam Dunn fall any farther? Even with his team down 18-0, he couldn’t get an at bat. Reserves Donny Lucy, Brent Lillibridge and Eduardo Escobar did, but not Dunn.
And where has Omar Vizquel been? He has not had an at bat since the 18th of August, when he had 2 hits against Cleveland.
I read today where Ozzie said he now want to remain in Chicago no matter what. If his teams keeps playing like they have in these past 3 games, he may not get the chance to continue as manager of the Sox. I will still stand by my statement that he should be the manager of the team next year. Only time will tell if he’ll get that chance.
So the Sox get swept out of Motown having been outscored 35-11 in three games. They now get to play a doubleheader tomorrow/today in Minnesota. As of right now, one of those games doesn’t need to be played. It will have no effect on the playoff race. One good note, the Twins may be playing worse than the Sox, plus most of their star players are hurting. At 68-69, the Sox should be playing to finish over .500.
Phil Humber gets back on the hill for the Sox in game one. He’ll be followed by Zach Stewart in game 2. It’s not one of those doubleheaders that were so popular in the 60’s and 70’s. You remember, 2 games for the price of one. Oh no, the teams make you pay twice now by scheduling one game in the day, and the other at night. I’m sure fans will be lined up around the block to watch two teams that are a combined 24 games under .500.
Have a happy labor day…