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Worse than awful

May 24, 2003 vs. Detroit

Today's temperature:
"Two straight losses to Detroit?  If only we were kidding."

Short Take: They lost to Detroit... AGAIN

Now, I don't know how much how much money Alan Trammel makes, but I would hope he has enough to send the entire White Sox organization a "Thank You" card, as his pitiful Tigers have won a quarter of their games at the expense of our Pale Hose.  The mighty offense was once again shut down by a dominating Detroit starter.  1-0, Sox lose their second in a row to Detroit and it just can't seem to get any worse than this.

Sigh... Where to begin?  Let's discuss the offense in three sentences.  They got three hits and drew three more walks.  They only put multiple runners on base only one inning.  They advanced a grand total of zero baserunners to third base and moved three over to 2nd.  It wasn't that bad, though.  No, it was far worse.

After two uneventful innings, Brandon Inge lead off the third with a long fly ball to deep center field that showed Joe Borchard's defensive weakness as it sailed just out of his reach on a bad diving attempt.  Inge coasted into third and scored as the next batter, Omar Infante, hit a sac fly to Borchard.  That made the score 1-0 Detroit, and that would be all she wrote as both the White Sox and Tigers struggled to look like respectable Major League teams out in front of 27,000+ at U.S. Cellular Field.

The offense was so pathetic today, we can cover it all in the next paragraph.  Borchard led off the next inning with a solid single to right field (1st Hit).  After Joe Crede and Miguel Olivo failed to move him over, he snuck into second on as an offering from Gary Knotts skipped past Inge.  No matter, D'Angelo Jimenez struck out to pitches later.  The next inning, Magglio Ordonez doubled to right with an out (2nd Hit).  However, he was stranded as Carlos Lee and Brian Daubach both flied out to end the 4th.  Fast forward to the fifth, as Paul Konerko drew a lead-off walk (1st Walk).  Could the Sox finally match Detroit's lone tally?  Nope, Borchard, Crede, and Olivo all managed to get themselves out.  In the seventh, Lee was plunked in the head and had to leave the game.  Reports are, however, that he just had a small cut on his ear and will be fine.  Regardless, Armando Rios ran for Lee and again, the Sox had the lead-off man aboard, and again, they wasted him as Daubach fanned and Konerko grounded into a double-play to end the inning.  In the 8th, the Sox put another lead-off man aboard as Borchard coaxed a walk from Knotts (#2).  After Crede and Frank Thomas, who pinch hit for Olivo, made two quick outs, Jimenez drew a walk (third of the night) from reliever Franklyn German.  With runners at first and second, though, Jose Valentin struck out.  In the final frame with an out, Rios singled to center.  Up came Daubach, who had hammered two pitched to right field.  Could the Sox pull one out?  Nope, Daubuch dribbled one back to German and ended the game with a 1-6-3 double play.

That's pretty much all there is to say.  The only reason you can file this in the "Wasted Opprotunities" file is because, again, Esteban Loaiza, Damaso Marte, and Billy Koch combined to pitch a solid game.  Though Loaiza walked a season high 4 and allowed 4 hits in 7 innings of work, you'd like to think that when you allow one run, especially against Detroit, you'd be able to find a way to win.  Not the Sox, though.

So that's it.  There are no positives.  Dan Wright goes tomorrow against Adam Bernero as the Sox hope to avoid being swept, at home, against the Tigers.  It sounds so awful just writing that.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Jerry's back!  Konerko DH, bats sixth; Daubach at first, batting 5th, Maggs and Caballo 3rd and 4th respectively.  Thomas sits until the 8th.

submitted by doublem23.

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  4 hits, 1 run over 7 innings.  Again, looked like the only one out there who actually cared.

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