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Costly errors

April 26 at Oakland.  

Short take:  Jet lag overtakes Sox?

The three-game win streak is over, a victim of poor hitting, poor pitching, and lousy defense.  Perhaps a big of jet lag overtook our Sox after such a long trip from the eastern time zone to the pacific.  No matter.  The Sox lost 6-4 to Oakland.  They play again tomorrow afternoon.  Get some rest!

Jon Rauch certainly felt the heat on his neck before starting this game.  The Sox have recalled Jim Parque from Charlotte, and it's widely expected that a pitcher will be sent down shortly.  Rauch of course is a prime candidate.  Still, he did nothing in this game to hurt his chances of sticking.

Rauch lasted five innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs.  Yeah, he walked four, and his throwing error in the fifth led to the two unearned runs that ultimately made the difference in the game.  Jose Valentin chipped in an E, too.  They cost Rauch the win, too.

Not to worry too much.  If Rauch's biggest competition for a roster spot comes from Jim Parque, then it was Parque who was hurt even worst in this game.  Entering the game as a reliever in the sixth, Parque was tattooed for three runs, including a pair of monster-sized dingers. 

The Sox actually had the lead in this game, a pair of runs scoring in the first inning.  However, Sox bats fell silent after that.  Sixteen Sox hitters were retired in order from the second and sixth innings. They went from a 2-0 lead to 5-2 deficit.

The Sox had their chances.  Frank Thomas struck out in the eighth with bases loaded, the Sox failing to score.  In the ninth with two out, Carlos Lee managed to reach base on a single.  Catcher Mark Johnson was next, driving one over the right field wall for a two-run dinger.  Royce Clayton walked, and suddenly the Sox had the tying run stepping to the plate.

Not tonight, Sox Fans.  Kenny Lofton grounded out and the game was over. 

No time to dwell on this one. 


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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