Wednesday, May 28, 2008

5-27-08: Sox 2 - Indians 8

May 27, 2008 - Cleveland, Ohio

The revenge of the Indians.

It shouldn't have been this way. The Sox kept giving the Indians 4, 5 and sometimes 6 outs in an inning. When that happens, the Sox are almost certain to lose.

There was life from Pablo Ozuna, Orlando Cabrera and Toby Hall at the plate, but not too much from anyone else. The Sox wasted multiple opportunities to get these men home. They also turned easy outs into run scoring opportunities for the Indians. This is no way to run a ballgame.

There seemed to be more excitement off the field than on the field. Pranks and phone calls galore littered the atmosphere, outshining any effort on the field. Maybe the Sox were handcuffed from these distractions? This is not how a first place team should look.

The good:
Pablo Ozuna had a productive day at the plate.

Ehren Wassermann held the Indians to just one earned run in 3 innings.

The bad:
Buehrle gave up a grand slam.

Paul Konerko's dropped ball.

The ugly:
A successful pickoff move was ruined by a poorly timed throw to home. Everyone was safe and the run scored.

9 men left on base, but 21 opportunities wasted.

Paul Konerko's hand must still be hurting him. He usually gets balls like that one that he dropped. That should've been the third out, but extended a nightmare instead. I'm still wondering if there is something going on with Buehrle. This is not like him to have so many bad outings. At least Alexei Ramirez successfully stole a base. That's something positive.

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