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Boneheaded loss

April 5 at Kansas City.  

Short take:  Too many errors, not enough runs.

How often can a baseball team lose a ballgame in the first inning.  The Sox didn't actually lose in the first frame, but they never played well after it.  Kansas City waltzes home to an easy victory after our Sox perform several notches beneath major league level.  5-2 was the final, and yes, it wasn't that close.

This promises to be a very interesting season with Ken Lofton and Ray Durham at the top of the order.  Once again, the #1 and #2 hitters were on base early and often, setting the table for the big bats further down the line up.  Unfortunately, nobody besides Paul Konerko is hitting after that.

The first inning was classic.  Lofton falls behind 0-2, but has enough discipline to work the count full, then reach base on a single.  An outstanding at-bat.  Durham follows, also falling behind 0-2, but he battles and earns a single for the effort, too.  This leaves Royals pitcher Paul Byrd to scratch above his pants leg wondering how he'll ever get these Sox hitters out.

The answer came soon enough.  Frank Thomas, Magglio Ordonez, and Paul Konerko all popped out, ending the threat with barely a whimper.

The Sox got leadoff men aboard in the third and appeared in business.  An opposite field poke by Durham brought home one run and a Thomas sacrifice the other.  What came next was some of the most boneheaded baserunning  Sox Fans have had to endure in the two seasons since Gary Pettis was hired to improve this aspect of the team's play. 

When on base with less than two out, every little leaguer knows not to advance on a ball hit in front of you unless you see the ball clear the infield.  That is, every little leaguer except our guy, Ray.  He's caught in a pickle for a quick out, while Ordonez puts his head in neutral and turns the corner to second base.  He's caught in a rundown, trips, falls, soils his uniform, and joins Durham in a sheepish retreat to the dugout to grab his glove.  Inning over.

No post-game sundae at Dairy Queen after that lame effort!

The fielding was atrocious.  Four Sox errors led to one unearned run.  The official scorekeeper had trouble deciding who to give them to.  His dice came up snakes eyes for Jose Valentin, Mark Johnson, and Tony Graffanino, and Konerko. 

Jon Garland went five innings, but never had a chance to win this game with all the sleepy bats, stupid baserunning, and ham-handed defensive gaffes. 

The bullpen pitched three scoreless innings, which is a good thing.  However, don't swoon with this good news.  After all, were talking about holding Kansas City hitless, not the '27 Yankees.

Same two teams Saturday afternoon.   

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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