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Embarrassed by Oakland

July 9, vs. Oakland


How many Grinders did KW use today:
3
"Podsednik and Iguchi looked pretty good; Scott going 1-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and run; and Tadahito 1-2 with 2 walks.  Their combined 2 hits accounted for 67% of the Sox's total ouput.  In fact, no one else had a hit until Timo Perez doubled in the ninth.  The Big Hurt gets props, too, for at least driving in a run when he had a chance."

Short Take:  Buehrle not impressive, defense sucks, offense terrible, bullpen implodes.  The recipe for another disgusting loss to the A's, 10-1 this time.

By now it's no secret that the White Sox just cannot beat the Oakland A's.  Saturday's lame effort was just another in a series of miserable losses, but what has been so frustrating about this is how the Sox are losing.  It's not as if they are just being outplayed by the A's, they're finding new and improved ways to beat themselves.  Whether it be an early game implosion by Mark Buehrle at the Coliseum, a late game one by Billy Koch, or, today, a complete team effort, the best team in baseball yet again looked helpless at the hands of their visiting rivals.  In a sentence, this was about as ugly as a loss gets.

With Roy Halladay down for a month, it appears as if there is no frontrunner to start the American League All-Star Game.  With Jon Garland's less than impressive outing yesterday, Mark Buehrle had a chance to earn himself the honor.  Instead, the normally quick and effective Buehrle was transformed into a timid, wild pitcher.  Jason Kendall lead off the game by doubling over Scott Podsednik's head in left field.  Truth be told, Scott could have made the catch, but the 6:05-start time sun apparently prevented the play from being made.  Though Mark shut down the A's the rest of the inning, the first play of the game was an omen for how things were going to happen.

Speaking of omens, Tadahito Iguchi doubled with one out in the first and found his way to third on a wild pitch by Oakland starter, Barry Zito.  However, neither Frank Thomas or Paul Konerko could bring home the first run of the game.  Yes, the Sox offense was about to be shut down by Zito for the second time in under a week, but don't tell anyone I ruined the ending for you.

Oakland finally got on the board in the second.  Bobby Kielty lead off the second straight inning with a double and came around to score when Eric Byrnes doubled down the left field line.  He made his way to third on a wild pitch by Buehrle.  Nick Swisher then walked and Buehrle looked clearly rattled.  Though he did get Kevin Ginter to hit a ground ball, Pablo Ozuna's diving stop went for naught, as he could not find the handle on the ball to even attempt a play at second or first.  He was charged an error and the A's were up 2-0.

Then, out of nowhere, a pitcher's duel erupted.  Mark calmed down, and Zito continued to dominate the Sox.  After Ginter reached on Ozuna's error, the two lefties combined to retire 23 of the next 25 batters, not allowing a man to move beyond first through the end of the 5th inning.  In the 6th, Buehrle began to show signs of wearing down.  Still trailing by two, but working hard to keep his team in the game, he surrendered a lead-off hit to Mark Kotsay and a walk to Bobby Kielty.  Though nothing came of the inning, the mere fact that Oakland was able to break the rhthym was significant.

However, it appeared the Sox would be the first to capitalize.  In their half of the sixth, Scott Podsednik singled and moved to second on a walk by Tadahito Iguchi, before stealing third.  Runners at the corners, no outs, for the big bats.  It seemed as if the Sox were poised to bust open on Oakland.  Though Frank Thomas sacrificed Podsednik home to cut the lead to 1, neither Paul Konerko or Aaron Rowand were able to put the ball in play, let alone make the defense work.  The inning ended with a whimper, as did the Sox's chances.

There's no need to keep describing the carnage.  Though still a tight game, 2-1 going into the 7th, the A's finally busted out the whoopin' sticks on the Sox the rest of the way.  The details are really too gory to publish on a family site.  Suffice to say Buehrle and the bullpen trio of Bobby Jenks, Shingo Takatsu, and Kevin Walker gave up a combined 8 runs on 7 hits and a walk, plus another error by third baseman Ozuna.  Who's missing Joe Crede now?  When the dust settled, the A's had beaten the Sox in humiliating fashion, 10-1.  And the beat goes on...

The Sox will try to avoid limping into the All-Star Break tomorrow when they send Freddy Garcia against Danny Haren, one of those guys the Beane-iacs will try to tell you is better than Mark Mulder.  Sox fans will just be happy if Garcia outduels him at this point.  You can catch the game on Comcast Sports Net and it will begin at 2:05.

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Ozzieball Update:  What a friggin' terrible game.


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