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Wet 'n' Wild

April 20, vs. New York


Today's Free Agency Value:
$12,000,000
"3-4, a homer short of the cycle and 2 RBIs. Plus Phil Rogers said he'd make a run at the AL MVP!"

Short Take: Rain delays, lackluster pitching, inept defense, and failed comeback higlight fugly loss.

Sometimes there are bizarre games. Sometimes there are crazy games. And sometimes there are games that are so downright ridiculous you just have to laugh. And then there was Tuesday night’s baseball buffet put on by the Yankees and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. There was a little bit of everything in the eventual 11-8 win by the Yanks. A bunt by last year’s AL MVP? We got that. What about a 7-run inning? Yep. MLB debuts? You know it. How ‘bout a cycle? Uh, not quite.

Only last weekend, we watched Mark Buehrle systematically dismantle the defending AL Champions. Tuesday night, with Buehrle facing the scuffling Yankees, fresh off a frustrating series in Boston, looked prime to pick up a win, as he was opposed by Alex Graman, the Pinstripe’s newest 5th starter straight off the train from Columbus.

Instead, Buehrle and Sox fans were treated to a ghastly, 7-run first inning. The carnage is too gruesome to outline, for fear of overloading the server, but the highlights of the inning were Alex Rodriguez, who came into the game hitting a cool buck and change, bunting, after Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams reached on back-to-back singles, and then watching Joe Crede throw the ball away for the first of many runs, and Jorge Posada’s single to left field that plated A-Rod and Williams. When the dust settled, the Yankees had given Graman the largest cushion for any pitcher making his major league debut in over a century.

But give the Pale Hose credit where it is deserved. In previous years, Graman would have looked like a sure-thing Hall of Famer. Instead, he was roughed up for 8 hits and 5 runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. Whereas the Yankees had relied on a burst to carry them through the contest, the Sox methodically chipped away at the New York lead, scoring one in the first, another in the second (after Buehrle allowed another run), and three in the third, to make things interesting at 8-5.

About now is about the time to mention the game was delayed a total of 84 minutes, 12 at the start, and 72 after the 2nd. Unfortunately for Mark and the Sox, Mother Nature was a Yankee fan tonight, allowing for the absurdity to get restarted. Though the offense clawed back and scored 8 runs, the bullpen fully allowed the Yankees to win this game. Aside from Jon Adkins, who pitched 3 solid innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, Shingo Takatsu, Neal Cotts, Mike Jackson, and Billy Koch may as well have just not shown up at the park. The foursome combined to toss 4 innings, allowing a collective 6 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs (the difference in an 11-8 loss, for those of you keeping track at home).

Not to say there weren’t highlights. Magglio, as mentioned, went 3-4 and missed the cycle by a dinger. Juan Uribe continued to shine, going 2-5 and scoring 2 runs as the lone tablesetter (Willie Harris went 0-fer the night). Ross Gload looked good filling in for the Big Hurt, going 2-4 with a RBI and scoring twice, and Adkins, as mentioned, pitched the only three decent innings of the night for the South Siders. Lastly, an offense prone to wilting in the same situation in years past, looked very good, putting up enough runs to win most nights. Tonight just happened to not be one of those nights.

But in the end, the motif of tonight’s game was mistakes and blown chances killing the Sox in what was a very winnable game. Errors, double plays, misreads on the ball, and walks will sink any ship, especially one doing battle with the Bronx Bombers. The Sox lost with a whimper, not a bang.

The same two teams play tomorrow night at the Cell. Javier Vazquez gets the nod against Jon Garland. Game time is 7:05 PM Central and will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Not really any smallball on the Sox's side of the ball tonight, but to be fair, when down 7 runs before you even get to bat, there isn't time to waste outs.


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