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Peavy, Dunn and Rios ... BLECH!

August 31 vs. Minnesota


Levels Finished:
2
We'll give the Sox a couple brownie points for not giving up after their "ace" screwed them on Level 1.

Short Take: The Three Stooges continued to show what a waste of money they are in a 7-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

It's a good thing I've already given up on the 2011 White Sox. If I were still emotionally invested in this team, I might have thrown my television out the window after Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

All the bad money on the Sox roster came back to roost again in this contest, as Ozzie Guillen's "ace" Jake Peavy gave up six runs in the first inning to put the team in a huge hole. Believe it or not, the Sox battled valiantly to get back in the game, only to see worthless bums Adam Dunn and Alex Rios strike out to kill a potential winning rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Seriously, can we just put Peavy, Dunn and Rios on a boat and send them adrift in Lake Michigan? And can we send Ozzie Guillen with them for his stubborn insistence on batting the .214-hitting Rios in the cleanup position?

Peavy (6-7) channeled his inner Jaime Navarro Wednesday, giving up six runs on six hits before the sparse crowd at U.S. Cellular Field had even settled into their seats. And those six hits were ropes, too -- Double, RBI double, RBI double, two-run homer, single, two-run homer. 6-0 Twins. Peavy did settle in to throw four shutout innings after that, but the damage was done.

The Sox didn't go quietly, though. Brent Lillibridge hit a two-run homer, his 13th of the season, off Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (1-2) in the third. Paul Konerko's RBI double in the sixth scored Lillibridge, who had walked, to make it 6-3.

In the seventh, Sox reliever Jason Frasor hung a breaking ball to Minnesota's Jason Repko, who hit one out to make it 7-3 Minnesota. That would prove to be a big hit. The Twins needed the insurance run.

Rios made a rare contribution in the eighth with an RBI single to make it 7-4. The Sox loaded the bases against Minnesota lefty Glen Perkins, but Tyler Flowers lined out to third to end the threat.

Things got real interesting in the ninth. Alejandro De Aza, who had four RBIs last night, was inexplicably benched for today's game. But he made an impact when given an opportunity to pinch hit against Minnesota closer Joe Nathan. His leadoff double got things started. Then, Omar Vizquel had a nice battling at-bat to work a walk. The runners advanced to second and third on Juan Pierre's groundout.

That brought Lillibridge to the plate representing the tying run. As all Sox fans recall, Lillibridge homered off Nathan to help the team salt away a game in Minneapolis on Aug. 6.

Oh, wait, oops, my bad. Lillibridge didn't get a chance, despite his home run earlier in the contest and his home run earlier this season against Nathan. Our idiot manager loves his lefty-righty crap, so that meant .163-hitting Adam Dunn had to get his chance to kill the rally. Kill it he did. Strike three, take a seat. Two outs.

Captain Konerko wasn't about to make the last out. He fought off a tough 2-2 slider from Nathan and dumped it into right field for a two-run single. All of a sudden, it was a 7-6 ballgame.

Too bad Rios was up next. He went around on a slider in the dirt on Nathan's first offering. The first-base umpire correctly ruled a swing on an appeal. Rios glared at the ump and lost his focus. He swung and missed another slider on 0-1, then took a pitch right down the pipe for strike three to end the game. Nice at-bat, you turd.

Elsewhere, Detroit beat Kansas City 5-4, so that means the Sox are now six games back in the AL Central race, if you can still call it that. After an off day Thursday, the Sox get their last kick at the can for this year starting Friday night when they open a three-game set against the first-place Tigers. Lefty John Danks (6-9. 3.63 ERA) gets the assignment for the Sox -- and it's a difficult assignment. His mound opponent is the likely Cy Young Award winner in the American League, Justin Verlander (20-5, 2.38 ERA). Game time is 6:05 and you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

WSI's
Ozzio's Game Rant:
Deese keeds, Dunn and Rios, they are gonna come out of it any day now.


submitted by JB98.

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