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Lost Their Way in Tampa Bay

May 29th against the Tampa Bay Rays


Immunity:
Paul Konerko
Exiled:
Gordon Beckham

Paulie takes the DH role seriously, going 2-for-3 with authority. But what is it with Beckham? 0-for-4 at the plate and a bonehead play in the field. Don't make those Hall of Fame reservations yet.

Short Take:The Sox drop a string of mistakes and the Rays gratefully pick them up, beating the Sox 8-5 in Tampa Bay.

John Danks deserves better than this. Coming into this game against the Tampa Bay Rays as the most consistent pitcher on the staff, you'd think the other guys behind him would feel some sense of obligation. But thanks to too many pitches that didn't work, missed opportunities at bat, and bad choices in the field, the Sox lost to the Rays 8-5 in the gloom of the Tropicana dome.

Things started out promisingly even though the Rays scored first. A leadoff walk in the first inning (always a bad idea) to Jason Bartlett and an RBI double by Evan Longoria put Tampa Bay on the board 1-0. But the White Sox came back in the second with a single by tonight's DH du jour, Paul Konerko, followed by a homer from Carlos Quentin, who might regain the "The" title to his name if he can continue to bring up his average. The Rays didn't score in their half of the second, so now it's 2-1 Sox after two.

But the Rays are a good team (are you paying attention, White Sox?). In the bottom of the third, Longoria doubled again and moved to third on a groundout to first by Carlos Pena, setting it up for John Jaso who singled him home. Now it's tied 2-2 after three.

Then it got ugly. In the Rays' fourth, Reid Brignac led off with a triple. Then Dioner Navarro hit a grounder to secondbaseman Gordon Beckham, but instead of checking the runner at third and making the easy out at first, Beckham inexplicably threw to third. Brignac got back safely, but his momentum carried him off the bag. Again, inexplicably, thirdbaseman Mark Teahen didn't keep the tag (or his eye) on the runner, and Brignac was safe. Gabe Kapler then bunted down the first-base line and Mark Kotsay flipped the ball with his glove to A.J. Pierzynski, but Brignac slid under the high flip and scored. Sean Rodriguez then bunted successfully down the third-base line, loading the bases.

Bear in mind that there are still no outs while all this is going on.

Carl Crawford then hit a grounder that was fielded by Danks, who threw to A.J. and forced Navarro at home. Now there's one out but the bases are still loaded. Longoria was up again and smoked a liner that was speared by Teahen at third. Exhale. Now there are two outs with the bases loaded, Carlos Pena is up, and the snake-eyes fortune of the 2010 White Sox once more reared its head: Pena hit a bases-clearing double. Jaso struck out to end the inning, but the battlefield was strewn with the dashed hopes of the White Sox. It's now 6-2 Rays after four.

Ah, but they weren't done. B.J. Upton led off with a homer in the Rays' fifth. This was followed by a single off Brignac's bat, and that was the end of Danks' night. He was replaced by Tony Pena, who promptly gave up a single to Navarro, sending Brignac to third. Navarro was caught stealing, and that was fun, but Pena walked Kapler and kept a first-and-third threat in place. Rodriguez bunts, Pena makes a bad throw to first, Brignac scores, and there are now runners on second and third. Pena exits and Randy Williams comes in to try to stop the bleeding. When the smoke cleared it was 8-2 Rays after five.

The Sox showed signs of life in the seventh, though it was like seeing a thistle sprout in a patch of dry soil. Alexei Ramirez led off with a homer. Yawn. Now it's 8-3 Rays, but hey, the Sox picked up two more runs in the eighth. Alex Rios walked and Paul Konerko hit a double in the gap that scored Rios. Konerko took third on a fly to right by Kotsay and scored on a wild pitch, and lookie here -- it's now an 8-5 game after eight and the Sox are within reach!

But habits are hard to break and the White Sox' inability to start a winning streak is an all-too-familiar habit. The Sox rolled over quietly in the ninth, losing 8-5. Can't blame the dome. Can't blame the umpires. Can't blame the weather. Even on what had been their most successful day of the week, the Sox couldn't figure it out, so maybe I'll just blame myself.

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It's tough watching these guys. Maybe if they were funny-bad like the '62 Mets we could at least have some laughs.


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