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Ninth Inning Disaster

April 3 at Seattle.  

Short take:  Foulke blows up.

You know what's great about games like this, Sox Fans?  Someday we'll all look back at this and laugh--if we were a Cubs fan.  Come to think of it, they would be at Slugger's right now asking each other what the final score was.

I would laugh more, but it hurts too much.  Our Sox curl up and die in Seattle 7-6, blowing a three-run ninth inning lead, and literally giving away this game and the series to Seattle.  We should have swept.

Open my veins now, please.

Look, it's only one game and there are 159 left to be played.  This is NOT a defeat nearly as significant as Foulke's ninth inning blow ups last June, July, August, and September.  It's simply too early for this game to have that much weight.  It only feels that way.

Okay, group hug.

It wasn't all bad.  In fact, until the ninth inning, it was quite good--euphoric even.  Our Sox could easily have won yesterday's game if not for a seventh inning meltdown, and through eight innings, our Sox did everything necessary to still take the series 2 games to 1 on the road to a ball club that achieved 116 victories last season.  That's damned good.

It started great.  Kenny Lofton was simply superb getting the Sox offense started.  Clearly he has represented an upgrade over the lead-off man efforts of the 2001 club.  He took ball four from M's starter Paul Abbott, then stole second base, then stole third base.  He sauntered across home with nothing more than a measly infield grounder that Ray Durham provided.  That's the GO in "Go-Go Sox!" 

It was Lofton, too, in the third inning, getting on base with a walk, then using his speed to scoot across homeplate on a wild pitch that dribbled only a few feet from the catcher. 

And who could overlook the contribution of #9 hitter, Royce Clayton.  It was the Choice who took advantage of wildness by Abbott, worked the count full, then crushed a get-me-over mistake 405 feet over the center field fence, plating three runs.  Sox Fans hope he has plenty more meaningful hits this season!

Clayton's dinger lifted the Sox to a 6-3 lead.  Danny Wright was effective enough to be the winner, six innings pitched, four hits, three earned runs, with three walks and no strikeouts.  Antonio Osuna was very effective in two innings of relief. 

If there was any bad omen, it was the Sox bats falling silent after Clayton's unholy fourth inning shot.  There wasn't a single Sox hit after the fourth inning.

It didn't figure to make a difference with Keith Foulke entering the game in the ninth with a three run lead, looking for his second save of the season.  He never got the third out.

Just like Chinese water torture, there wasn't a single knockout blow.  Six singles, two of which never left the infield, and the game was over.  Foulke was fooling no one.  Balls were flying everywhere.

The Sox road odyssey continues with a depressing flight to Kansas City, and a day off to enjoy all that fine burg offers.  Then it's a weekend spent playing in front of friends and family of the guys currently masquerading as major league ballplayers at Kauffman Stadium.  Just when you think it can't get worst, they fly to Detroit.  Oh, brother...

Sometimes supporting this team truly resembles watching a Greek tragedy.  Be a friend to our heroes and not let this setback rattle you too much.

They could use some Olympic-sized inspiration right now.


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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