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Fish Fried

June 17, at Florida


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
16
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"The official site ran a piece that Maggs' rehab is still on schedule. After watching tonight's effort, Maggs put in a few more hours in the weight room."

Short Take: Loaiza pitches a gem that goes to waste thanks to complete and utter lack of offensive spark.

For the third straight game, the White Sox potent offensive was MIA in Miami. They produced only one run over 11 innings, dropping the game and series to the World Champion Marlins, 2-1.

The game was highlighted by Marlin hurler Josh Beckett, who made his first since returning from the DL for blisters on his throwing hand, and while Beckett pitched well, he was removed in the fourth inning with back problems. Ben Howard struck out Jose Valentin to end the inning, but the Sox capitalized the next inning, scoring the first run of the game, as Miguel Olivo scored on a single by Timo Perez.

Unfortunately, that would be the only time the Sox were able to score on the well-rested Marlin pen. The Sox got two more hits in the 7th inning, but when Esteban Loaiza bunted into a double play and Timo Perez lined out, the threat was vanquished as quickly as it formed. Those two hits would be the only two the Sox managed after the 5th inning. It really was that bad.

On the hill, Esteban Loaiza was excellent again. He went eight strong innings, allowing only five hits, two walks, and one earned run, while striking out five. However, his effort went to waste as his teammates couldn’t even give the guy two measly runs. Loaiza allowed his lone run in the fifth, on a solo shot by Alex Gonzalez. It looked like Florida might open the floodgates when pitcher Dontrelle Willis pinch hit for Howard and tripled. However, Loaiza hunkered down and struck out Juan Pierre and induced an inning-ending groundout from Luis Castillo.

But the real story of this game was the incredible lack of offense. While Loaiza kept Florida in check, the Sox could barely get someone on base, let alone even threaten to plate a run. Damaso Marte relieved in Loaiza in the ninth and pitched two dynamite, 1-2-3 innings before giving way to Cliff Politte in the eleventh, who promptly walked Luis Castillo to lead off the inning (this is were the ominous music should be kicking in). Castillo stole second, moved to third on a fly out by Mike Lowell, and scored as pinch-hitter Matt Treanor singled over the outstretched glove of Willie Harris.

If there’s one bright spot in this complete travesty of a game, it is that Esteban Loaiza didn’t get nailed with the loss, unlike the infamous 1-0 losses to Detroit last year. Yet the Sox limp out of Miami, with only a miracle comeback sandwiched in about 30 innings of garbage baseball that kept the Sox from being pathetically swept away by the defending champions. If this series was supposed to be a barometer as to how the Sox match up against known, World Series caliber talent, the answer is clear… There are still holes to be filled with this team.

Also, after the game, it was announced that the Sox will be leaving Billy Koch as a parting gift, as he was traded to the Marlins for a minor league shortstop, and the year-and-a-half Billy Koch era has officially come to an end.

The Sox travel north of the border to Montreal to take on the Expos. If there was ever a time to face the worst offense in baseball, now may be it. Hopefully the Sox can score a few runs against John Patterson, who has a total of 27 career major league games to his credit. Mark Buehrle takes the hill for the Southsiders. Game time is 6:05 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Timo Perez leading off? For the third straight day, the Sox prove to Ozzie they're not really built to play National League-style baseball.


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