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The Umpires Strike Again!

April 27 at Oakland

How many Grinders did KW use today:
""Garcia with a gritty performance, Crazy Carl for breaking up a double play, and Konerko with the team's lone RBI. Honorable mention to Widger and Crede for playing out of position, and AJP for playing with a bad toe.

Short Take:  Strong outing by Garcia wasted as Sox unable to overcome A's, umpires.

The White Sox conclude a successful 6-2 road trip on a down note, following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hunter Wendelstedt and the Oakland A's this afternoon. Call it sour grapes if you will, but Home Plate Umpire Wendelstedt stole the show in the 9th inning, enabling the A's to pull out the victory.

Ozzie Guillen had to get creative, to say the least, in filling out his lineup card today due to a recent surge of injuries. Out were Tadahito Iguchi, Juan Uribe, and Pablo Ozuna. Their replacements were Willie Harris at second base, Joe Crede at shortstop, and backup catcher Chris Widger at third base. No, that is not a typo.

Despite being undermanned, the Sox refused to feel sorry for their lot and got on the board quickly off A's starter Kirk Saarloos. Paul Konerko drove in the first run of the game with a two out double in the top of the 1st, scoring Carl Everett. The Sox would get the leadoff batter on base in each of the next three innings, only to hit into a double play each time. In the top of the third, Scott Podsednik grounded into a controvertial double play, as it appeared he beat the throw to first base. But the Sox weren't going to get any breaks from this umpiring crew. They should have known this before the game even started, when they were given a warning against throwing at hitters despite being the victims of 4 beanings in the first two games of the series. In contrast, the A's did not recieve such a warning.

Freddy Garcia kept the Sox in the lead until the fourth inning. In the fourth, Erubiel Durazo homered to right centerfield to tie the game at 1. That would be the only run Garcia would allow in 7 solid innings of work. He allowed only 4 hits and struck out 4 on the day.

The Sox offense was unable to take advantage of Garcia's performance, however. They led off the 6th inning with consecutive singles by Harris and Everett, knocking Saarloos out of the game. With runners on the corners and one out, rightfielder Jermaine Dye continued his miserable start by grounding into a double play to end the inning. Dye was 0-4, dropping his average to a paltry .171.

The score remained tied at 1 going into the 9th inning, where Wendelstedt took center stage. After A's hurler Justin Duchscherer hit Aaron Rowand with a pitch, Pierzinski drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. This set the stage for Joe Crede to be a hero. Instead of a base hit, though, Crede was hit by an errant curveball. Crede tossed his bat aside and went to claim his free base, which would have loaded the bases. No, said Wendelstedt--he called Joe back, saying that he leaned into the pitch. This brought Ozzie Guillen out of the dugout. After a heated discussion in which Ozzie just may have let a few expletives fly, Wendelstedt tossed Guillen. Crede returned to the batters box for one pitch, which he promptly popped up to the secondbaseman. As he ran out the play, Crede threw his bat in disgust. Wendelstedt, apparently on a power trip, continued his personal vendetta against the Sox by ejecting Crede. This would force Jermaine Dye to move to shortstop as the Sox took the field for the bottom of the inning.

In the bottom of the 9th, Erubiel Durazo led off against Damaso Marte. Durazo hit a weak pop-up to shallow centerfield, which typically would have been an out. Unfortunately, Rowand lost the ball in the sun and couldn't make the play. Durazo would go on to score the winning run when Marco Scutaro singled off of Dustin Hermanson, giving the A's the 2-1 win.

Umpiring aside, the Sox played poorly in losing the last two games of this series. In the process, they drop their first series of the year and suffer their first official losing streak. They have a much-needed day off tomorrow to lick their wounds before coming home to face Detroit. Jose Contreras (0-0, 3.48) will attempt to stop the bleeding against Nate Robertson (0-2, 6.46) and the Tigers. Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ozzieball Update:
 Sox hitters collectively stranded 8 runners, ground into 4 double plays. Usually not a winning recipe.

submitted by beckett21.

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