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Someone check for a pulse...

May 2 vs. Seattle


Today's temperature:
93
"No heart, no hustle, no fight...  How much longer until it equates to no job?"

Short Take: Sox take team nap in series opening loss to Seattle.

If you ever looked up the word "corpseball" in a dictionary, I'm sure this game would come up as a reference.  You're not going to win too many games with bad offense, bad pitching, bad defense, and bad base running.  All in all, the Sox took a siesta on the first day of the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

This game was ugly from the very beginning.  After getting two quick outs, April's A.L. Pitcher of the Month, Esteban Loaiza would begin to feel the calendar change.  A Bret Boone single was followed up by back-to-back-to-back walks to Edgar Martinez, John Olerud, and Mike Cameron.  A Randy Winn blooper to left looked to make the score 3-0 Seattle, but Carlos Lee threw a strike to Miguel Olivo to nail Olerud and end the inning.  This was the most promising the night would look, Sox fans.

Starting for Seattle was Ryan Franklin, who less than a week ago allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in just over 6 innings of work to the Tigers.  It looked like the Sox offense, that put up 13 hits and 7 runs last night against Oakland was ready to roll again, as D'Angelo Jimenez singled to start the South Side Attack.  In his first at bat of the 2003 season, Willie Harris grounded to Boone for what could have been a routine 4-6-3 double play, except Boone bobbled the ball and both runners made it safe.  Frank Thomas walked to load the bases for Magglio Ordonez.  Ordonez proceeded to ground into a double play (scoring Jimenez) and a Konerko fly out ended the attack.  In two at bats they had gone from bases loaded no out, to one run in and the inning over.  It all went downhill from here, as the Sox failed to get another base runner until the fifth and another hit until the sixth.

The Mariners, on the other hand, kept the offense rolling.  Cameron (who was celebrating the one-year anniversary of his 4-home run night against the White Sox), lead off the 4th with a double and took third on a throwing error by Harris.  Paul Konerko made a nice play, cutting half-way across the infield and nearly nailed Cameron at third.  The play was close and very debatable, but did Jerry Manuel even move in the dugout?  Of course not.  He was leading the siesta.  Winn then plated Cameron with a sac fly to left field.  Three singles in a row by Carlos Guillen, Ben Davis, and Ichiro Suzuki lead to the 4th Mariner run of the game, and following an infield single by Boone, Martinez drew the second bases loaded walk of the game from Loaiza to make it 5-1.  Gary Glover came in and promptly ended the inning.

As for the might Sox offense, Jose Valentin's lead-off walk in the 5th broke Franklin's streak of 11 retired.  However, Valentin was quickly erased as Lee grounded into a double play.  Finally in the 6th, though, the offense looked to be coming alive.  Back-to-back singles by Olivo and Jimenez put runners on the corners with no outs.  Harris then grounded into what looked to be another double play, but Boone's overthrow to first allowed Olivo to score the 2nd Sox run of the night.  Thomas then coaxed another walk, before Magglio softly lined out to Boone, who flipped to Guillen for the inning-ending double play.  Someone needs to send Willie Harris back to T-ball specifically to learn you need to let line drives go through the infield with less than 2 outs.

The poor defense continued in the seventh.  After a lead-off home run by Cameron, a single by Guillen and a walk to Davis, Glover was pulled for Dave Sanders.  After getting Ichiro, Mark McLemore hit a drive to left field.  After Carlos read the ball poorly, he realized it was tailing towards center field and he was running towards the line.  Upon trying to cut back to the right, he stumbled, fell, and allowed the two runs in.  If there is a better symbolic image to represent the first 29 games of this year, I have yet to see it.  Sanders pitched well, shutting down the Mariners for the rest of the game, but the Sox would not respond.  After Konerko stretched his hitting streak to 11 in the 7th, he was erased by another Lee double play.  Jimenez singled to center in the 8th to account for 3 of the 5 team hits, but was stranded, and Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth to seal the 9-2 win for Seattle.  The only other notable of the game was Edgar Martinez's single past a diving Jose Valentin was the 2,000th of his stellar career (and, personally, it seems that about 1,900 of those have come at the expense of White Sox pitching).

A Kansas City win drops the Good Guys to 4.5 back again, and a Minnesota win puts them half a game in the rear view mirror.  Game 2 of the series features Josh Stewart (1-1, 3.68) against Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.21) tomorrow night on WGN.  Maybe the serenading minstrels won't make an appearance to send the team into a Saturday siesta. 

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Harris makes first appearance of season, batting 2nd in center while Jose gets dropped to 6th.


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