Short take: This is not good
Seven innings. For seven innings our White Sox did their utmost to
walk through this game dead from the neck up. Another pitching
mediocrity makes them look stupid and a late rally predictably falls short,
3-2 losers at Anaheim. The Sox drop the series, fall below .500 again,
and now face three games against the buzz-saw in Seattle.
Oh yeah, this looks real promising.
This was a train wreck from the very start. The Sox didn't manage
their first hit until the fourth inning and still managed to screw that up
with a base-running gaffe by Magglio Ordonez. With runners at
first and third, Paul Konerko grounded out to end the rally.
As usually happens after such a mess, Sean Lowe collapsed the very
next inning. Locked in a pitcher's duel with Valdes, and having only
allowed one hit the previous three innings, Lowe was tagged for three runs and
four hits. They were all singles. He would pitch into the seventh
inning with nothing but an "L" for the effort. Way to go,
Anaheim wouldn't score again. Worse, they wouldn't need to. The
Sox were playing corpseball and seemingly nothing would bring them back from
the dead. 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3... what the hell? Why not call a
forfeit and catch the early flight to Seattle. Pathetic.
Just when you thought the Sox would never reach base safely again, Carlos
Lee hits a lead-off dinger in the eighth and the score becomes 3-1. Chris
Singleton, Royce Clayton, and Mark Johnson followed with
three consecutive outs and the procession of futility continued. Along
with lead-off head case Ray Durham and Konerko, these lifeless dolts
failed to reach base in 17 at-bats.
Jose Valentin got a rally started with a one-out double in the
ninth. Ordonez doubled him in and the score was 3-2. With the
tying run at third base, Jose Canseco struck out and Paul Konerko
finished his perfect night with a foul-out.
It gets worse. Last we heard the team was boarding a plane heading
for Seattle. Check here for reports of further disasters.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
homerun, seemingly the only way this team knows to score runs.
At least he got it off Valdes, the only one the Sox could manage all
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