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What Do We Expect To Happen on Saturday?

July 5th vs. the Seattle Mariners

Daily Sox Crop Report:
The weak vegetables in the bullpen look mighty thin. Maybe some manure would help.

Short Take:The Sox wasted a ten-strikeout performance by Jose Quintana to lose in 14 innings to Seattle, 3-2.

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed,” said the poet Alexander Pope, writing in the eighteenth century. He clearly anticipated today's game: the White Sox lost on another Saturday to the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.

It took the Sox 14 innings against the Seattle Mariners to waste a tremendous performance by Jose Quintana. I'd like to think they were stalling the inevitable defeat so that Quintana's 7-2/3 innings of ten-strikeout, shutout ball would appear to be in the distant past. But I don't think they're that clever. After Robin Ventura took Quintana out in the eighth inning I expected nothing good to result, and as Pope said, I wasn't disappointed.

The first eight innings were a lovely baseball composition. Quintana was opposed on the Seattle side by Felix Hernandez, who needs no introduction. King Felix lasted eight innings with eight strikeouts, giving up two runs to the Sox in the eighth. The Seattle seafarers tied it in the top of the ninth and we sighed as we found ourselves in the no-man's land of extra innings.

But what a great eight innings those were. The hitters weren't bad, the pitchers were just that good. The two runs Hernandez finally gave up were fun to watch: a triple by Conor Gillaspie, an RBI double by Dayan Viciedo, and a fielder's choice by Alejandro De Aza that led to a successful tag-play challenge by the White Sox.

The challenge came about because it seemed that third-base interloping blueshirt Dana DeMuth was out of position and didn't notice that pinch-runner Moises Sierra had evaded a tag. Technology saved the play when the call was overturned to the correct status of "safe." Sierra then scored on a sac fly by Tyler Flowers.

But the metaphorical sky darkened in the top of the ninth. Eric Surkamp was brought in to pitch the ninth and gave up a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano (cue the ominous music). Surkamp was replaced by Zach Putnam, who then awarded a single to Corey Hart. After Cano went to third tagging up on a fly ball, he scored on Mike Zunino's sac fly. Seattle scored again when Putnam gave up two more singles, making it 2-2.

Nuts. The Sox' Saturday psychosis had returned.

They had chances in the bottom of the ninth. Jose Abreu led off and got to first on a throwing error. But Adam Dunn struck out, Alexei Ramirez grounded out, and pinch-hitter Paul Konerko hit a ground ball to end the inning.

Both teams slogged through the several extraneous innings, with neither making much headway. The weakness of the Sox bullpen became more obvious as Seattle trotted out their better breed of relievers. It wasn't until the 14th inning when WSI's favorite lightning rod, Ronald Belasario, gave up a single and a double to give the Starbuckers a 3-2 lead. The bottom of the 14th was entertaining, if only for the presence of the annoying Fernando Rodney, who made short work of the 35th Street swingers.

So let the lamentations continue. The Sox have lost on 13 out of 14 Saturdays this year. Is it the calendar, the stars, the earth's magnetic field on the sixth day? I don't know.

Thinking about the bullpen, I'm reminded of something else Alexander Pope said: "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."


The Futures Market:
I'm selling heavy on the bullpen before its value drops any lower.

submitted by tebman.

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Jose Quintana

Can't really ask for more: ten strikeouts and zero runs against King Felix. But the rest of the team couldn't close the deal, even after 14 innings.

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