You’re simply not going to win very often without some semblance of clutch hitting–even if the pitching is there. And for the umpteenth time in 2009 the Sox proved the rule with a disappointing 3-2 loss today at the hands of the Halos despite a solid seven-inning performance by Mark Buehrle.
The Sox were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base this afternoon in Anaheim. A lineup with Dye, Rios and Quentin shouldn’t consistently fail to deliver. Sadly, Jermaine and Alex have become automatic outs. Dye went 0 for 4 and is down to .251. Rios was 0 for 3 and has sunk to .242. Q drove in our two runs, but is far from the player he was a year ago, unable to regain his ’08 form after coming back from the foot injury. He’s hitting .234.
With a day off before a three-game series in Seattle, the Sox are back in third place, one-half game behind the Twins and six in back of the Tigers.
And the beat goes on…or is it off?