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Bullpen Flounders, Surrenders Yet Another Lead for the Sox

June 2 at Toronto Blue Jays

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Mushy Dog Food
The bullpen coughed yet another up for the umpteenth time. Pathetic.

Short Take:   The Sox never cease to amaze their fans, as they find new ways to squander leads. Today the blame goes to the bullpen yet again, as the Sox lose 9-3 after being up 3-1 for the majority of the game.

There was a short turn-around between the end of last night's solid victory and this afternoon's first pitch and things looked great initially for the White Sox, as they strung together timely hits and good starting pitching, but then the debacle commenced. The bullpen surrendered eight runs to sixteen Blue Jay batters in the last two innings, squandering the lead and burying our Sox north of the border this afternoon, 9-3.

Jerry Owens led off the game this afternoon and showed again why he deserved to be called up, as he started the offense with a double. He moved to third on Iguch's groundout to second, and came in on Thome's sacrifice fly. The Sox found themselves with the early lead, 1-0.

The Sox started off the second with a Konerko ground out and a come-backer to the pitcher by Mackowiak, but Joe Crede had other plans. He doubled to right and Uribe followed that up with a single, plating Crede and putting the Sox up 2-0. Toby Hall kept the line moving with his base hit, but Owens struck out to end the inning.

Jose Contreras hit a small bump in the road in the bottom of the second as Adam Lind singled to center. Royce "The Choice" Clayton hit into a fielder's choice at shortstop, advancing Lind to third, thanks to an error by Juan Uribe. Sal Fasano singled Lind home, cutting the Sox's lead in half, 2-1.

Not wanting to stop the scoring, the Sox came out swinging again in the third. Tadahito Iguchi singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Dustin McGowan. Thome "got 'em over" by advancing Icuchi to third with his groundout to second. All that was left was to "get 'em in," and Jermaine Dye did just that with his sacrifice fly to right. The Sox found themselves up 3-1 and were looking for more. It seemed as though they'd get more as Konerko walked and Mackowiak followed with a single, but Crede flew out to left, ending the threat.

Things were relatively quiet on both ends... that is until the bottom of the seventh. Contreras started to show signs of tiring when he allowed a lead off bunt single to Sal Fasano. Alex Rios followed that up with a single to center, advancing Fasano to second. Ozzie went to get Contreras in favor of the struggling MacDougal, puzzling Sox fans all around. Lyle Overbay gtrounded out to first, advancing the runners to second & third. Former Sox slugger Frank Thomas walked on four pitches from MacDougal. Guillen had seen enough and signaled for the lefty, Thornton, who's been one of the few bright spots in the'pen. Upon Thornton entering the game, Vernon Wells pinch hit for Matt Stairs and singled, scoring both Fasano & Rios, and tying the game at 3. Aaron Hill followed with a double, plating the go-ahead run in Thomas, 4-3 Blue Jays.

Just when Sox fans didn't think it could get any worse, it did in the bottom of the eighth. The strugging David Aardsma relieved Thornton and promptly allowed "The Choice" to single. Sal Fasano sacrificed Clayton to second with a come-backer to Aardsma. Howie Clark singled, advancing "The Choice" to third. The nail was really driven into the coffin next when Alex Rios smashed a 3-run homerun to center, 7-3 Blue Jays! Things went from bad to worse after that when Frank Thomas was hit by an Aardsma pitch, and Vernon Wells followed with a double, moving the very slow Thomas to third. He didn't stay there long, though, as Hill singled and drove in both him & Wells. In a matter of a few minutes, the Jays found themselves up 9-3. The Sox then went quietly in the top of the ninth.

The best the Sox can do now is hope for a split in the series, which culminates tomorrow afternoon at Rogers Centre. The Sox are throwing rookie John Danks (3-5) up against Shaun Marcum (2-2). The first pitch is set for 12:07p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

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 Grinder Ball made a guest appearance in the first three innings for the Sox, but went missing from then on out.


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