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Angel Annihilation

Setember 8th vs. the Anaheim Angels

WSI Playdate Funtime:
The name says it all.

Short Take: The Sox looked buffoonish against the Angels, losing 12-3 on the South Side.

Let's get this out of the way: the White Sox lost 12-3 to the Angels Saturday night. The details are tedious, but familiar: James Shields started and gave up runs in the first inning, and didn't make it through five. Mike Trout went 5-for-5 for the Southern Californians, with two homers and five RBIs. The top of the ninth inning was a spectacle of comically bad pitching and astonishingly bad fielding.

Mike Trout was the real show tonight. Your intrepid TBGR correspondent attended this game, not expecting much but hoping for something competitive. What we got was the chance to watch one of the premier hitters of the age do what he does best. It's too bad the Sox didn't get a chance to pick him up in the 2009 draft -- wait a minute, they did -- but they picked Jared Mitchell instead. You remember Mitchell? No, nobody else does, either.

The pity is that Sox were still in the game until the ninth, with the score 6-3. The Angels have their own pitching problems and the Sox could've done something.

They did something, all right. Anaheim scored six runs in the ninth, thanks to the generosity of relievers Jace Fry and the soon-to-be immortal Thyago Vieira. After a throwing error by Tim Anderson put the leadoff man on first, Fry walked the next hitter as a welcome gift to Trout. Trout paced himself, and singled to load the bases. After all, he already had two homers and five RBIs. Why be greedy?

But then Shohei Ohtani came up and hit a hot one in the right field corner that Avi Garcia found and air-mailed over the cutoff man and into no-mans land in front of third base. Ohtani was credited with a triple, and three runs scored.

Enter Vieira. After getting a popout, he unleased the first of three wild pitches he'd launch that inning, scoring Ohtani and causing a collision at the plate when Vieira stumbled over the runner. He walked the next hitter, wild-pitched him to second, then gave up back-to-back singles before heaving his third wild pitch. When it was mercifully over, the score stood at 12-3, and the ballpark had the feel of a mostly-empty saloon at 2:00 a.m.

I'll let Dr. Seuss have the last word on this. In one of his many insights, he wrote in "Oh the Places You'll Go" that sometimes you'll get where you hoped,

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

And when you're in a slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

Thanks, Doc. Were you at the game, too?

Fun Da Mentalz:
I used to miss the Marx Brothers. Then I went to the game.

submitted by tebman.

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