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The Sweaty One Deals, But the Bullpen Fails

August 30 at New York Yankees

KW's Daily Special:
It feels like the Sox are too chicken to step it up and play winning baseball on this road trip!

Short Take:   Freddy Garcia kept his team in this one, pitching six strong innings, but once again, the bullpen failed him and everyone else.

Yesterday's 10-0 debacle was arguably the season's worst game of the season, with the White Sox being one hit by the "mighty" Sergio Mitre. After Ozzie Guillen's colorful post-game meeting yesterday, all Sox fans could do was hope the team heard his rant and would respond. They did respond, but just not enough. Freddy Garcia has done everything asked of him since re-joining the White Sox, and this afternoon's contest was no exception, but the bullpen let him and everyone else down once again. The offense isn't off the hook for this one, either; things just aren't good right now. The Sox got swept in New York, this time the score was 8-3.

With the way the game started for the White Sox, it looked as though yesterday didn't even happen because they came out swinging and looked much better than a day earlier. Scott Podsednik led off the game with a triple to right and scored on Gordon Beckham's groundout to short, giving the Sox the very early 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, they gave that run right back in the bottom half of the first. Derek Jeter led off with a double and went to third on Johnny Damon's grounder to Garcia. Jeter then scored on Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly, tying the game.

The score remained tied at one until the top of the third. Alexei Ramirez led off the inning with a single, then stole second. Podsednik picked up right where he left off a couple innings earlier when he singled to center, scoring Ramirez with the Sox's second run on the afternoon. Pods then stole second, but was left stranded when Beckham grounded out and A.J. Pierzynski struck out. Just like clockwork, though, the Sox gave the run right back, and then some. With two out, Jeter singled to center, then came home on Johnny Damon's homer, giving the Yankees their first lead of the afternoon, 3-2, and it was one they'd never surrender.

"The Sweaty One" gave the Sox six strong innings, only giving up three earned runs on four hits, so it was up to the bullpen to keep the score where it was. Had they succeeded, we'd feel a little better than we do now heading into Minnesota. The wheels came off this train in the bottom of the seventh.

Randy Williams relieved Freddy Garcia and only recorded one out. Jorge Posada singled to center and was out at second on Robinson Cano's fielder's choice. Cano went to second when Eric Hinske walked. Melky Cabrera followed with a double to deep left, scoring Cano and moving Hinske to third. Williams intentionally walked Jeter and was given the hook in favor of Scott Linebrink. Jerry Hairston, Jr. was called on to hit for Johnny Damon and got the job done with a sacrifice fly, scoring Eric Hinske with the fifth Yankee run. With Mekly Cabrera at second and Jeter at first, Mark Teixeira delivered the final blow with a three run shot, making it an 8-2 contest. With that, the wind was taken right out of the Sox's sails. Jermaine Dye homered to right center with two out in the ninth, but his solo shot wasn't nearly enough, as the Sox lose 8-3.

The toughest road trip of the season has turned into the biggest nightmare of the season in a matter of days, and it doesn't get any easier, as the Sox head to Minnesota for their FINAL THREE GAMES EVER at the Metrodome. Gavin Floyd (10-8, 3.95) will take the mound for the Sox, and he'll oppose Minnesota's Nick Blackburn (8-9, 4.29). The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10p CDT in the Baggie Dome and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Critic's Corner:
 One star for the one measley win they managed against a team like the Orioles.

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