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April 16, vs. Baltimore


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Short Take:  Hector Santiago blows 1st save of career; defense and bullpen melt down in 10th as Sox lose 10-4.

Following an OK start by Phil Humber and the usual timely hitting of A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko, the Sox entered the 9th inning Monday leading 4-2 and gave the ball to Hector Santiago, the screwballer-turned-closer who had been one of the good stories of many in this surprisingly strong early season.  Unfortunately for Hector, even the greatest have a few blemishes on their record and tonight was his turn to join the club.  After going a perfect 3-for-3 to start his career as a closer, Santiago allowed a pair of solo homers to blow his two-run lead before the Sox completely melted down an inning later en route to a deflating 10-4 loss.

The first 8 innings went well enough.  Humber, having been skipped thanks to the snow out in Cleveland last week, made his 2012 debut in passable fashion, but it appeared to be a microcosm for his 2011 year, as Humber started the game strong but wore down as the evening progressed and routinely skirted disaster.  After needing only 31 pitches to set the first 6 Orioles of the game down in order over 2 innings and staked to a 1-0 lead on A.J. Pierzynski's team-leading third homer of the year, Humber labored through the 3rd and 4th innings, both times ultimately loading the bases with 2 outs on walks before escaping serious trouble, although he did cough up the 1-run lead in the 4th after Mark Reynolds stroked an RBI double to center field.

Things seemed to have righted themselves by the sixth, however.  Humber punched out Reynolds to open the frame before Will Ohman relieved him to face Chris Davis and Robert Andino, whom he both fanned, as well.  A few minutes later, Sweet Swingin' Paul Konerko ripped a 1-out double down the right field line to score Alejandro de Aza and Brent Morel.  The Sox tacked on an insurance run in the 7th as de Aza scored Brent Lillibridge on a sacrifice fly.  Though they did give a run back in the 8th courtesy of a Matt Weiters homer off Jesse Crain, all seemed well in the world when Santiago came out of the left field bullpen to nail down the supposed 6th win of the young season for the Sox.  I'll spare you most of the gory details, just know that Santiago's undoing was a pair of solo homers, to lead off the inning by Nolan Reimold and then two outs later, to Adam Jones.  The 10th inning was every bit as ugly, as Zach Stewart relieved Santiago and thanks to a couple of defensive miscues in the outfield, a de Aza error in center field and a poorly played ball by Lillibridge, the Orioles went up 5-4 but tacked on 5 more runs before the frame mercifully ended thanks to a Matt Weiters grand slam.  De Aza, Kosuke Fukudome, and Adam Dunn all struck out to end the game and the Sox dropped their first tough loss of the Robin Ventura era.

Not much to say about this one.  It sucks tonight but tomorrow will just be another "L" in the standings, no better or worse than the games the Sox hung tough.  Less home runs from the closer would be nice, however.

The Orioles and White Sox continue their 4-game set tomorrow night at U.S. Cellular Field.  John Danks will take the mound for the first time at home as he faces Wei-Yen Chen, a 26-year-old lefty rookie whom the Orioles signed in January from the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League.  Chen makes his 2nd start in America after earning a no decision against the Yankees a week ago following a 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R performance.  Game time is 7:10 PM Central time and the game will be broadcast on WCIU, Channel 26, the U! locally.

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 I appreciated this game for about the first 8 2/3 innings.  The last 1 1/3 I am going to forget in the bottom of this can of Big Hurt Beer.


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