Down and Out

DOWN AND OUT

Mike Timlin blows a big win

(AP Photo)

Timlin in Eighth, Second Place in the Ninth
The Choke's on Us

SOX ARE SUDDENLY ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

FLIP FLOP IN THE TROP HAS DEFENDING CHAMPS
OUT OF PLAYOFFS IF SEASON ENDED TODAY

Rays Rally for Five in the Eighth to Deep Six the 'Tired' Sox 7-4

Timlin Comes In, Inherited Runner Scores and Then Some
Same Old Story: Wake Deserved a Better Fate Again (Out too Soon?)
Lame-Duck Lou Outscores, Outwits, Outplays Tito the Enabler-Apologist
The Heat Was On: So Where Was Papelbon or Hansen with the Heat?
All the Non Moves: Hyzdu Bats with Bases Loaded
We're All Tired: But Manny Jogs to First Base in a Pennant Race,
Lets Balls Get By Him in Left... and Homers
And Then There's Millar

"As the saying goes, 'Mama said there'd be days like these.' This is one of those days. You fall down a hole, you got to crawl out of it. It was an ill-timed loss... I probably hit less than 50% of my spots. Thatís part of the game. Today I was off. They hit me. They know I throw strikes. Today I threw too many. The ball (to Gomes) was supposed to be down and away but ball was middle up and he just tomahawked it... Weíre pretty beat up, banged up Iím sure the guys are going to relish the day off... Itís not season ending by ending by any means." -- 9.21, Mike Timlin on a horrific loss

"We hit some balls right on the nose... we want to stretch it out anytime we can. We certainly donít just look at pitch count. If Wake handnít been throwing well, he probably wouldn't have faced Cantu... (Timlin) just didnít make pitches, he left pitches out over the plate... Losing tonight doesnít mean we wonít be the best team out there (in a week and a half)" -- 9.21, Tito being Tito

Frank Galasso Illustration

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