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May 19 vs. Anaheim.  

Short take:  Blame the manager for lousy late-inning offense.

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The homestand is over and the White Sox must travel to Boston and see if the key to their hitting slump can be solved taking swings against the best pitching staff in the American League.  Lefty Jarrod Washburn made a collection of Sox right-handed hitters look silly, along with the Sox manager, in a lame 6-1 victory over the Sox. 

Whatever magic Jerry Manuel intended to get from juggling his line up early this month, it has failed to materialize.  Once again, the top of the line up was silent, and the bottom of the order has returned once more to Death Valley.  The only place the line up has improved is the #3 slot, with Magglio Ordonez now swinging an effective bat in Frank Thomas's long-time slot.  Thomas has no complaints about the move, his bat coming alive hitting #5.

Tony Graffanino has been hitting well enough to merit regular playing time, but he can't run from the fact he is only a utilityman in the field.  Having played second base and shortstop, manager Jerry Manuel stuck him at third base in Sunday's game.  His error to start the game is what the Sox manager noted as setting the tone for a losing effort by the entire team. 

We would be more inclined to agree with Manuel if he wasn't the one stating Graffy would get more playing time as long as he kept hitting, while at the same time allowing .189 hitters to bat for themselves late in games the Sox were losing.

Manuel decided the way to attack Washburn was to start nine right-handed hitters.  While this strategy comes straight out the textbook, Manuel sat on his hands later in the game when righty relievers replaced Washburn.  Lefties Jeff Liefer, Jose Valentin, and Mark Johnson never left Manuel's bench.

So how did Jerry's righties do?  Sandy Alomar struck out on five pitches, and Royce Clayton grounded out after looking at one pitch.  It goes without saying that Manuel did no substituting for the righties in the middle of the line up either--but those guys are paid to hit regardless.

So basically, Sox Fans, if the our team is losing after six innings, go find something else to do.  If by then Jerry Manuel hasn't made the right moves to put the Sox in place to win the game, Lord knows he isn't going to do jack to win it in the seventh, eighth, or ninth.

The Sox got four hits all day, and only avoided a shutout because Clayton hit a dinger to lead off the sixth.  Mark Buehrle was the victim of this non-support, missing his chance to be the league's first eight game winner.

Good luck in Boston.  We'll need it.


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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