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1,001 ways to lose

July 20 at Kansas City


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Sorry, I'm not in the mood for this cutesy-pie stuff.

Short Take: The White Sox solidify their status as non-contenders with a soul-crushing loss in Kansas City.

There is no kind way to say this, so let me be direct: The White Sox stink this year. They've proven it time and time again over the first 98 games, and they proved it again Wednesday with a 2-1, 11-inning loss in Kansas City.

Yeah, the Sox are only 4 1/2 games out of first in the sad-sack American League Central. It's a weak division, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But the fact of the matter is when you're 3-5 against the Royals, you're not very good at baseball. For the second time this month, the Sox (47-51) have dropped two out of three to last place Kansas City. What does that tell ya?

The Sox lost Wednesday's game in typical fashion. As usual, they were baffled by soft-tossing left-hander Bruce Chen, who allowed only four hits over eight innings pitched. The only Sox offense came on Carlos Quentin's 19th home run of the season in the fifth inning. Aside from that, the Sox never got another man to third base at any point during the 11 innings. In other words, it was the usual putrid Walkerball effort.

It's too bad, too, because John Danks pitched brilliantly in his return from the disabled list. He fired seven innings of shutout ball. He allowed only five hits and struck out six. He left with a 1-0 lead, but the bullpen got nicked for a run in the top of the eighth. Jeff Francoeur's double off Jesse Crain tied the game at 1-1, and at that point you knew the game was over because there was no hope the Sox would ever score another run. The Royals might be 13th out of 14 AL teams in pitching, but they managed to limit Walk and the Boys to eight runs over this three-game set. So predictable.

The game drew to its inevitable conclusion in the bottom of the 11th. Chris Sale (2-1) retired the first two men he faced, but then he walked Alex Gordon and gave up a single to the immortal Mitch Maier. With runners on first and third and two outs, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen summoned closer Sergio Santos to face KC's Billy Butler. On a 2-1 pitch, Butler swung and missed a slider in the dirt. The ball hopped away from Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, and Gordon raced down the line to score the winning run on the wild pitch.

Chalk up another frustrating loss in a season full of them. Another winnable game gets away. Another quality pitching performance squandered by this miserable offense. A Thursday off-day awaits the Sox before they start a three-game set in Cleveland Friday night. Gavin Floyd (7-9, 4.37 ERA) gets the ball for the South Siders. He'll be opposed by Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco (8-7, 4.25 ERA). Game time is 6:05, but I don't blame you if you do something else with your Friday night.

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Maybe JB98 was right all along, we do have a horse**** approach at the plate.


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