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Thursday, April 14, 2005
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Two steps forward, one step back. That's been the theme so far this season. The Sox have opened all three series this season by winning the first two games. They then failed to close out the sweep, finding a way to lose on each occasion. It's tough to complain about winning three series in a row, but at some point this team needs to show a killer instinct and close one of these out.

  • I guess Konerko is out of his funk now. He was smoking the ball tonight.

  • Rowand also looked good tonight, that is until he decided to dive for first base, and may be a little gimpy because of it. Hopefully that's nothing major.

  • How scary was it watching Carl Everett lying in pain on the warning track? -- I've never been all that concerned about getting Frank back specifically because I felt that Jurassic was going to step up his game and be huge for us in Frank's absence. At this point in the season, Jurassic may be the one player that we can least afford to lose.

    Apparently his injury isn't too serious. It was reported as bruised left scapula, and Everett is officially listed as day-to-day. I don't know if I can stress enough how important his health is to the team. -- Who would have thought they'd see that in print last year.

  • Tonight's game was a perfect illustration of how much defense can effect the outcome of the game. Everett's play, or rather lack thereof, would have been an easy out for Scott Podsednik. As it was, it lead to 2 extra runs.

    In the sixth, with runners on 1st and second, a botched... Ok it was really botched.. wheel play let a would-be double play go for not just a hit, but a run scoring single, and two extra runs. I'm not faulting Ozzie for either of his decisions -- playing Everett in left(I actually called for that one), or calling the wheel play -- It just shows how one little decision (or in this case two decisions) can change the whole complexion of the game.

  • If it wasn't for the pitching and fielding meltdowns tonight, I'd be talking about the stellar play of Willie Harris.

  • Speaking of injuries, it looks like Scott Podsednik may be held out of another game with a pulled groin.

  • Dear Dmitri,


    The Minnesota Twins

  • John Sickels, formerly of ESPN's Down on the Farm, now of Minorleagueball.com, has a little blurb about Gio Gonzalez up on his blog.

  • In other prospect news, Brandon McCarthy got his second start for AAA Charlotte. His line on the evening was nothing impressive.
                 IP  H  R ER BB  K
    McCarthy 4.2 5 3 3 2 5
    But reading through the game log, he looked(or read, I should say) like his usual self until the 5th inning. With two out in the 5th, he allowed a double which drove in the first run against him, then gave up a HR to the next batter. He was pulled after the dinger. I'm reasonably sure he was pulled because the score was 3-1 bad guys in a 7 inning game due to a double-header.

  • Zombies!?!? You've got to be kidding me. Everyone knows furries are where it's at.

  • Tomorrow's matchup
    • Jon Garland(1-0, 4.50ERA)
      • Ibanez (37ABs) -- .405/.450/.595
      • Ichiro! (18 ABs) -- .353/.400/.471
      • Boone (17ABs) -- .176/.263/.412
    • Joel Pinero(NR)
      • Dye (22ABs) -- .136/.167/.227
      • Pierzynski (16ABs) -- .375/.375/.675
      • Konerko (13ABs)-- .308/.308/.385