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Death March Continues

June 8 vs. Montreal  

Short take:  Eighteen retired in a row, Foulke blows it with one pitch.

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How did the Chicago White Sox and all their fans know they were going to lose this game?  The biggest clue came in the very first inning.  What nobody could have predicted was just how long it would take for the Sox to officially blow it.  Like Chinese water torture, the innings passed by and the suspense of the inevitable flop drew closer and closer.

Contraction candidate Montreal puts the pipe to our Sox for the second night in a row, this time 2-1.  If Bud Selig threatened to contract the Sox unless they avoid a sweep tomorrow, would it make the Sox play any better?  Right about now, it would be worth the risk, wouldn't it Sox Fans?

How many times have the anemic Sox still managed to load the bases only to struggle for one run, if that, for the effort?  Garland retired the first three batters in order, and our Sox came to bat in the first inning to load the bases.  Ken Lofton's triple was enough to bring him home, but everybody else was stranded.  Three hits and a walk and the Sox get one measly run.  Game over--unofficially.

Jon Garland was brilliant.  He pitched a no-hitter for four innings.  Montreal managed to string two hits together, and got a run for it.  Game tied 1-1, and everybody knew it was only a matter of time.

Why?  Because the Sox were asleep again at the plate.  Magglio Ordonez managed a single in the third inning--and the Sox would not have another baserunner until the NINTH INNING!

Jerry Manuel pulled Garland after 103 pitches, two outs in the seventh.  Damaso Marte managed to get through the next 1.1 innings without event, but then came the fateful ninth.

Though the game was tied, Manuel went to closer Keith Foulke--probably because even a closer needs work, and Lord knows the Sox haven't had any leads to protect of late.

One pitch, the first pitch, to leadoff man Vladimir Guerrero--sitting on Foulke's below average fastball.  The ball went into a low orbit--landing over 400 feet from homeplate over the wall in dead center field.  2-1 Expos.  Foulke looked like he wanted to cry.

Do you really care to know how how the Sox screwed up the ninth?  Leadoff man Frank Thomas drills the first pitch but only deep enough for Vlad Guerrero to put one foot on the right field warning track, smiling and shaking his finger at the Big Hurt's attempt to duplicate his own feat.  Magglio Ordonez was given a gift walk--four straight balls.

Rally time!  Jose Valentin come to the plate and everyone is thinking walk-off two-run dinger!  What do we get?  First pitch Valentin grounds to second for a 4-6-3 double-play.  Game over--officially.

Sox Fans knew it eight innings earlier.


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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