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Too Little, Too Late

August 9th vs Cleveland


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
11
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Maggs watches the game from his pool and can't help but imagine what could have been."

Short Take:  Diaz gets bombed, though Sox show some fight in trying to come back.

Itís been the story of the White Sox in recent years; the big disappointment. Pick any season since 2001 and the White Sox have disappointed. While the past few Sox seasons as a whole have been disappointing, there have been plenty of individual games of late that have disappointed Sox fans. The Sox entered Sunday trailing the AL Central leading Twins by 7 games. After Sunday that number was down to 6 games. By the time the Sox started playing on Monday, the Twins had lost and the Sox had a chance to cut that number to 5 games. But the Sox were sending rookie right hander Felix Diaz, just called up from AAA. Perhaps he should have stayed there. The Indians made Diaz look like a single A pitcher, outslugging the Sox 13-11.

The first batter of the game was an omen for the rest of the game. Matt Lawton made good contact hitting a ball to right field. The ball carried well but came up just short of a home run, falling into the glove of Timo Perez on the warning track. The next two batters each went deep to right field, but neither of their hits stayed in the park. After allowing 2 runs in the first inning, Diaz pitched a scoreless 2nd inning. But the 3rd was a complete disaster. After a quick out, Diaz walked a hitter and the next batter reached on catcherís interference. A single plated one more run before another walk. With the bases loaded, Ben Broussard hit a grand slam to open the game up. Diaz finished with a brutal line of 2 and 1/3 innings pitched, allowing 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. The Indians put up another run in the 6th inning to expand the lead to 8-0. But the Sox did something we havenít seen in a long time. They put together a BIG inning.

The bottom of the 6th started with a walk by Timo Perez and a single by Sandy Alomar Jr.. Willie Harris pinch hit for Robbie Alomar and singled. The Sox had their first run and the score was 8-1. With 1 out Carlos Lee singled before Paul Konerko had his own single. 8-2 game. Carl Everett drove in 2 with his own hit. 8-4 game for Jose Valentin. While Valentin has been struggling lately, he wasted no time putting the Sox back in this game. He crushed a 3-run HR on the first pitch he saw. 8-7 game and the Sox were back. But Jon Adkins very first pitch in the 7th inning was hit for a home run as the Sox gave a run right back. In the 7th inning, Sandy Alomar was hit by a pitch and Willie Harris walked. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 0 outs, Aaron Rowand was bunting. Sure enough, just like most Sox bunt attempts, Rowand wasnít able to get the bunt down. The Sox didnít score in the inning, but Jose Valentin put another run up with a solo HR in the 8th. The Sox were once again within one run, but once again couldnít hold the score. Cliff Politte started pitching the 9th inning and combined with Mike Jackson to allow 4 runs to score in the inning. But the Sox had one final surge left in them.

The Indians brought in Rick White to pitch the 9th. Thankfully, the Sox took advantage to an extent. With 1 out Willie Harris walked. Aaron Rowand double to center and Carlos Lee homered to right to bring the score to 13-11. Paul Konerko walked to bring the tying run to the plate. But Carl Everett lined out which brought up the man of the nightÖ Jose Valentin. Could Valentin do it once more? Sadly, he couldnít. He popped out to 2nd base to end the game and finish the Sox 13-11 loss.

The Sox move onto a new series starting tomorrow at 7:05 CDT. Jon Garland will start for the Sox while Zack Greinke goes for the Kansas City Royals.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Rowand attempts to bunt runners over in the 7th innings rather than swing for the big inning. The runners don't advance and the Sox don't score.


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