Thursday, May 15, 2008

5-14-08: Sox 6 - Angels 1

May 14, 2008 - Anaheim, California


Ozzie decided to drastically change the lineup in this game. When A.J. Pierzynski bats second, there is definitely a change going on. The shake-up seems to have panned out though. The Sox responded with a run in the first and runners constantly on base.

The only starter that failed to reach base was Jim Thome. Quentin and Swisher responded with late inning home runs. It was a wonderful thing to see. The biggest surprise had to be Paul Konerko's stolen base. I didn't get to see the entire game, but I did a double take when I saw that in the box score. Did Speier have a super, super slow ball going last night?

The good:
Paul Konerko's stolen base!

Jose Contreras' pitching performance.

The bad:
5 men left on base.

A.J.'s passed ball.

The ugly:
Jim Thome went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.

2 Angels stole bases.

Maybe the Sox responded to the lineup changes. Maybe they just had a better game plan. Maybe they were just lucky. Either way, it worked. Let's hope this is the beginning of something beautiful. Hey, it happened in 1983, when Carlton Fisk was moved into the second spot. It could have the same effect with A.J. there.

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