Curt Schilling looked much better, although he seemed to tire in the middle innings (he began the fifth at 70 pitches), losing both velocity and control, and leaving his split-finger fastball up in the strike zone. His line: 6.1-9-4-3-4.
It had no bearing on the eventual score, but the White Sox were nice enough to bunt themselves out of a potentially huge rally in the fifth. Geoff Blum singled and scored on Juan Uribe's double, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead. Then, in a move that was praised to the skies by ESPN's Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe, Ozzie Guillen called for two bunts. The last one -- a suicide squeeze -- brought in Uribe, making the score 3-0. So Chicago traded this scenario:
2-0 lead, man on 2nd, 0 outs, top of the order upfor this one:
3-0 lead, no one on, two outs, #3 hitter up.That is stupid baseball. Especially in the top of the fifth inning, against the Red Sox at Fenway.
Naturally, ESPN loved it. "Ozzie created a run," cooed Sutcliffe. ... We've been talking about moronic announcers in some of the comments (these guys do a great job of pointing out the silliness that passes for baseball analysis) -- and while you could write a book about Sutcliffe's gaffes and inanities for every game he calls, I'll include just one from this game.
In the seventh inning, Uribe singled and was then thrown out trying to steal second base. The play was very close, and ESPN showed replays from about five different angles. Part of the discussion in the booth went like this (not verbatim, but damn close):
Sutcliffe: Nope, Uribe was safe.Yeesh. And these guys said they'll be at Friday's Sox-Yankees game. Rut roh. ... Alright, one more: In the Red Sox ninth, Sutcliffe praised Kevin Millar for fouling off "a lot of pitches" to get the one he hit for a double. The at-bat went: foul, swing/miss, foul, ball, double.
O'Brien: I gotta believe he's out.
Sutcliffe: I agree with you.
[Another replay is shown.]
Sutcliffe: Yup, Uribe was right, he was safe.
Sorry, Rick, but unless you are talking about functioning brain cells in your head, two is not a lot. However, you did manage to get through a non-Yankee game with mentioning Derek Jeter only twice -- yet, strangely, not when the right field ball boy leapt into the stands -- so that was an improvement.
The East lead is three games, and the Yankees, who had Monday off, lead the wild card by 1.5 over both Cleveland and Oakland. ... The Sox now host the Angels for three games. Wakefield / Lackey at 7:00.