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Last Call

September 29th vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Today's Sox Crew:
Waste Haulers
The crew moved into position to build but found themselves trying to clean up the site after making a mess.

Short Take: The pitchers couldn't pitch well enough and the hitters couldn't hit enough as the Rays crush the Sox playoff hopes, 10-4 on the South Side.

The White Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 on a crisp autumn Saturday in Chicago. Only four games are left in the season and the White Sox are two games behind the Detroit Tigers.

Those are the facts. Though mathematically the White Sox can still overtake the Tigers and win the division, the odds are long. The decline of the Sox' fortunes in these last weeks has been tough to watch. Our enthusiasm has melted into weariness and ennui.

Abe Lincoln, commenting on his 1858 election loss to Stephen Douglas, said, "I feel like the boy who stubbed his toe. It hurts too much to laugh and I'm too big to cry." I feel that way. The Sox led the division for so long and were able to cobble together their ragged pieces so well that I believed they could pull it off.

There'll be plenty of bandwidth for the angry and lugubrious post mortems when the season's over, so let's review today's limp effort.

Chris Sale started this game. Literally every game for the Sox is a must-win at this point, and the 17-game winner is the guy you want on the mound. But today Sale was not that guy. He only lasted 3-1/3 innnings after giving up five runs. He was followed in subsequent innings by Brian Omogrosso, Deunte Heath, Dylan Axelrod, Leyson Septimo, and Jhan Marinez, who collectively gave up five more.

The Rays smacked 13 hits, four of which were homers, along with eight walks awarded by the parade of Sox pitchers. Details aren't important; the Rays' hits and walks were many and productive.

Meanwhile, the White Sox did not annoy the Rays by cluttering the basepaths in the first seven innings. In the eighth a series of pinch-hitters loaded the bases for Orlando Hudson, who hit a grand slam that allowed the Sox to avoid the ignominy of a shutout.

Baseball, with its mountains of statistics and generations of history, lends itself to analysis and study like no other sport. Why did the White Sox' light dim so quickly in these final weeks? Injuries? A shallow bench? Lack of overall experience? I don't know. What I do know is that baseball, with its long season and its tangle of variables, is at once the most maddening and fascinating of professional sports.

The White Sox have been maddening and fascinating us for 112 years and they'll do it again next year. Call me a sucker, but I'll be back.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate that we only have one more %#@#*#@ week of this."

submitted by tebman.

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Totally Biased Game Recaps

September 29... The Last (And Lost) Weekend

September 24... Covey Captivates, but Kluber Cruises

September 22... At Least They Won't Clinch Here

September 18...Klubered, but Not Clobbered

September 16... Baltimore Blanked

September 10... Thrown Away

September 8... Anaheim Annihilation

September 3... Power Special

September 1... 18 Strikeouts Later, the White Sox Lose

August 30...Leaky Bullpen Bombed by Boston

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