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Leave It To Weaver

April 15 vs. LA Angels of Anaheim of Orange County


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Sox got the lead, of course urinated it away. Dunn helped by homering, but the rest of the offense couldn't overcome the fireballs that is the Angels bullpen.

Short Take:   Sox defense once again let in a few unearned runs, while the offense couldn’t quite generate enough offense against the hottest pitching staff in baseball to drop the opener against the Angels.

We’re only two weeks into the baseball season and the past issues of defense and bullpen are already rearing their ugly heads. It’s not a good time to be Ozzie. Everyone’s frustrated, and Ozzie’s channeling his inner Oney during postgame interviews by throwing the bullpen under the bus. You’d think the Sox are 2-11 and not 7-6, but it’s just a sign of where the team should be at, which is at least 10-3.

It didn’t get any easier for the Sox as they ran into the hottest pitching staff in baseball. Angels starter Jered Weaver came in 3-0 with a sick 0.87 ERA and was looking to become the first pitcher in major league history to get 4 wins by April 15th. Phil Humber countered for the White Sox. Humber pitched fairly well giving up four runs, but only two were earned in five innings of work. Sox came close but no cigar in losing 4-3 Friday night on Jackie Robinson Night in MLB. The Sox defense is continuing to not do our pitchers any favors.

The Sox, once again, had a lead in a game as they got the lead in the bottom of the third. AJ Pierzynski opened the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Alexei “Bonesy” Ramirez then singled to put two men on. Then another Sox little league mistake appeared again, the ability to properly execute a darn bunt! Brent Morel was called on to do just that, and of course he screwed it up by popping up the bunt to the catcher. However, later on with two outs, Gordon Beckham singled to left to score AJ and put the Sox up 1-0.

In typical Sox fashion lately, the lead did not hold for long. In the top of the fourth, the Angels scored all four of their runs for the game. After a Torii Hunter strikeout, the overpriced Vernon Wells walked. Albert Callaspo then singled to get a rally started. Mark Trumbo followed with a single of his own to score Wells to make it 1-1. Hank “King” Conger then hit a ball to third, which Brent Morel promptly turned into a throwing error scoring Callaspo to make it 2-1 Halos. Maicer Izturis then doubled to deep right to score Trumbo and King Conger to end the scoring and make it 4-1.

Later, in the middle of the sixth inning, the game was delayed for 30 minutes because of rain. After the rains stopped, Weaver came back out in the bottom of the sixth. The Sox would get their best shot to get back into the game. Gordon Beckham reached base on an Albert Callaspo error. That brought Adam Dunn to the plate and he promptly launched a hanger from Weaver into the seats for a two-run bomb to make it 4-3. The Sox, however, could get no further as 4-3 would end up the final score.

There are some bright spots though. First, the bullpen! Newly brought up Jeff Gray pitched a scoreless 2.2 innings. Yes, he allowed four hits and a walk, but nobody scored! Will Ohman and Sergio Santos combined with Gray to hold LA where it was.

Unfortunately for us, the story for the Angels besides Weaver is the Angels bullpen. After last night, they have not allowed a run in 25 1/3 innings. For the Sox ‘pen, that seems like a pipe dream at this point.

This Sox will try to even up the series today by sending Gavin Floyd (1-1, 2.40 ERA) to the mound against Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 7.20 ERA). The game starts at 3:10 p.m. and can be seen on FOX and probably best heard with the TV on mute with the radio tuned to the Score 670.

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 "Jeff Gray allow no run. Maybe deez kid my new closer."


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