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Bullpen Blow up!

April 2 at Seattle.  

Short take:  Two rbi walks?

For a short while, Sox Fans believed their team could win this ballgame.  For a brief while, our Pale Hose had a lead.  Then Jerry Manuel motioned for his bullpen--and hope flew out the window.  Sox lose 7-4.

Once they finally shut up Jay Buhner and gave him his new boat, 30 year-old "veteran" Todd Ritchie made his first regular season appearance for our Sox.  Though he pitched behind, he came up with numerous key strikeouts to pitch out of jams.  He looked to be in control in the third inning with two quick outs.  However, a scorched double and a walk was followed by a Sandy Alomar throwing error on a peg to third.  It sailed into left field and the two unearned runs that followed proved key to the game.

The Sox had grabbed a 1-0 lead on an rbi single by Magglio Ordonez, but it didn't last.  In the bottom of the frame, Brett Boone doubled home the tying run, while our shortstop and secondbasemen failed to cover the base.  Picking up where we left off last season?

Jamie Moyer was throwing his usual garbage, and naturally our over-anxious Sox hitters were flailing away.  Everybody was whining about a strike zone that only the umpire seemed to have a clue about.  Ritchie's seven strikeouts seems impressive until you realize Moyer had five throwing salad.  Go figure.

Still, the Sox had a golden opportunity to blow it open.  In the seventh, with Moyer's garbage truck gone, Sox hitters found Jeff Nelson's heat far more tasty.  The first three Sox hitters reached base, to load the bases for our #8 and #9 hitters.  Sandy Alomar needed to make contact, but managed to strikeout instead.  Royce Clayton needed to take some pitches, but flew out on the very first one he saw.  You could almost hear the steam escaping from the Sox rally engine.

Kenny Lofton salvaged an embarrassing situation, driving in two runs with a single to center, 4-3 Sox.

Not enough, Sox Fans.  Five Sox pitchers were used by Jerry Manuel in the bottom-half of the frame, and together they combined for three outs.  In the process they allowed four runs, four hits, with two rbi walks.  Seattle sent ten men to the plate.  To protect their identity, we won't list their names here.  However, here's a hint:  they answer to "Lorenzo", "Damaso" "Bob", and "Mike".  Jon Rauch was effective in his 1.1 inning of mop up duty.  Nice work, kid!

A quick eighth and ninth innings of corpseball and the Sox were through.  No biggie; just one game.  We'll play the rubber match Wednesday night.

However, do you suppose the noose around pitching coach Nardi Contreras' neck isn't a bit tighter?

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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Kenny Lofton

2 for 4, including the biggest hit of the night, picking up the two previous Sox hitters to drive in 2 rbi's with the bases loaded.  Tossed out Mike Cameron stretching a single.  Not enough to win the game.

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