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Flat and cold.

April 22 at Cleveland.  

Short take:  Strikeouts ruin start of road trip.

Sox Fans across the globe are laughing into their beers tonight, knowing that the Cleveland sports media is overlooking the home team's victory to focus instead on all the empty seats in Jacobs Field.

Oh wait, that only happens in Chicago.  Never mind...

The Sox lost 4-2 to Cleveland.  The paid attendance of over 24,000 was nothing short of a joke.  Well over half of that number were anyplace but frigid Jacobs Field.  After seeing the gate the Tribe raked in for this game, you would think the Sox marketing department would understand better the importance of building season and partial-season ticket sales.  They're probably too busy interviewing new wedding reception deejays to replace the music and comedy shtick of fired hack, Joe Stephen.  Oh, well...   

Mark Buehrle was looking for his fifth victory of the season while Cleveland was trying to break their six-game losing streak.  It's been a week since our beloved Pale Hose ended the Tribe's ten-game win streak and ever since they have been revealed as the losing collection of pigs they truly are.

Buehrle allowed seven hits across seven innings, but two of those were two-run dingers.  The Sox were down 4-0 after five innings and looking clueless at the plate.

Reliever-turned-starter Danys Baez was getting the calls behind homeplate, and from second base umpire Brian Runge.  It was Runge who blew the call on a stolen base by Ken Lofton in the first inning, throwing out the leadoff man after he started the game with a walk.  Could that have been the turning point of the game?

The calls behind the plate were hardly better, and you had to believe plate umpire Ted Barrett intended to get this game over quickly, in the snappy 2 hour 35 minutes it actually lasted.  There isn't an honest Tribe fan out there who  wouldn't vote one of these two major league clowns an assist in their team's victory.  

The Sox struck out ten times, Carlos Lee leading the team with three. The only offense was Jose Valentin's two-run clout in the seventh.  The Sox got two men on base in the eighth, but Frank Thomas struck out and the rally was over.

It's not a good idea to fall behind when this umpiring crew is working on a cold night.  The Sox paid the price for not scoring early.  Go get 'em tomorrow.

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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