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Anemic Offense Strikes Again

May 1 vs. Baltimore Orioles


Levels Finished:
3
Despite being down 6-0, the Sox made it interesting late, but like the last umpteen days, couldn't complete all five levels.

Short Take:   The Sox tried to overcome a six-run deficit late, but fell short, as per usual.

The White Sox had been outsocred 16-6 in the first two games of this series against the Baltimore Orioles, and with the way things have been going for the Sox over the last three weeks, you have to wonder how much larger that margin will get by the end of the wrap-around series. It grew to 22-10 by the time Sunday afternoon's game came to a close, as the Sox dropped another game. This time, they fell short by two runs, 6-4.

Baltimore went up 1-0 in the fourth when Sox killer, Luke Scott took Gavin Floyd (3-2) deep. Things really got out oh hand an inning later, though. That's when the Orioles put up a five spot, highlighted by a Nick Markakis bases-clearning double. Also in on the action in that inning were Mark Reynolds with a solo shot and Luke Scott, once again, who tallied another RBI in the series. The score was 6-0, the boo birds were out in full force at U.S. Cellular Field and things continued to look bleak.

The only Sox player who showed some offensive life off Baltimore's Zach Britton (4-1) was Brent Lillibridge, who took him deep in the home half of the fifth. That homerun assured the fans in attendance they wouldn't be witness to a shutout.

Little did those 22,029 in attendance know that there'd be two more offensive threats to come. The home half of the seventh proved to be the inning where the Sox lost the game, as they were only able to capitalize on a bases-loaded one out situation in the smallest of ways - with one run. With Britton already out of the game, Jim Johnson issued a bases loaded walk to Konerko, pushing home the second run of the afternoon for the Sox. But don't worry... Alex Rios continued his season-long slump and promptly grounded out to third to end the scoring chance.

Some may say Adam Dunn should've been called on to hit for Rios in the seventh, as the matchup would've favored Dunn, but Ozzie stuck with Rios. As it turned out, Dunn would've been the right guy for the job because, with one on in his pinch-hitting duties for Brent Morel an inning later, he took Johnson deep, making it a 6-4 ballgame. Had he hit for Rios an inning prior, that two-run shot becomes a grand slam and the game is tied at six. But, like in life, there's no turning back the clock in baseball. The Sox had first and second with nobody out in the ninth off Kevin Gregg, but strikeouts by Konerko and Rios, and a groundout by A.J. Pierzynski (who hit for Castro in the eighth) ended the threat and the game.

The Sox complete this four-game wrap-around series at U.S. Cellular Field Monday night. Mark Buehrle (1-3, 5.12 ERA) will take the ball for the South Siders and will be opposed by Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie (1-3, 2.53 ERA). The game begins at 7:10P.M. and if you choose to spend another day watching this nightmare known as the "All In" season, you can watch on WCIU.

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Ozzio's Game Rant:
 "I made ****ing mistake in the seventh by not pinch-hitting for Rios with Adam Dunn."


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