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Another Game Botched

June 25th at Minnesota


Today's temperature:
106
"Want to see a snapshot of everything wrong with the season so far? Watch the replay of tonight's game. How can one team continue to make the same mistakes over and over and over and over and..."

Short Take:  Lack of timely hitting, and poor baserunning downs the Sox again.

  • Another day, another White Sox loss that leaves Sox fans speechless. This is a game the Sox should have won without having to go to 11 innings. Yet, they found a way to manage to blow the game losing by a final of 6-5 thanks to a Jacque Jones walk-off home run. The Sox blew opportunities to put the game away and allowed the Twins to tie the game and keep it that way until the 11th. Just a pitiful performance that Sox players should be embarrassed by.
  • But no single player should be more embarrassed than the laziest player in all of major league baseball, D’Angelo Jimenez (He hasn’t earned his name being put in bold letters). Jimenez cost the Sox an opportunity to take a lead and possibly win the game in the 9th inning. The Sox had 1 out with Jimenez on 2nd and Frank Thomas on 1st when Magglio Ordonez came to the plate. Ordonez singled to right field and Jimenez should have scored. Instead the always lazy Jimenez misread the play (or maybe he didn’t even bother to pay attention) and trotted into 3rd rather than scoring. The Sox wouldn’t score in that inning and eventually lost.
  • The Sox looked like they would be dominated by Joe “Cy” Mays once again through 3 innings. But the Sox jumped all over Mays in the 4th inning thanks in large part to a 3-run homer by Jose Valentin. The Sox would knock Mays out in the 4th by scoring 5 runs. Jimenez would leave the bases loaded to end the inning. That’s all the scoring the Sox would do in the game, but they could have (and should have) scored more.
  • Sox starter Jon Garland wasn’t all that impressive himself. Garland lasted 5 and 2/3 innings allowing 4 ER (5 runs total), walking 2, and allowing 9 hits. Damaso Marte came on in the 6th with runners on 1st and 2nd and allowed a game tying double. Aside form that hit, Marte pitched well not allowing another hit and walking 1. Tom Gordon relieved him in the 9th. Gordon pitched a perfect 9th but gave Sox fans a scare in the 10th. Gordon loaded the bases and went to a full count on A.J. Pierzynski. Gordon showed a lot of confidence in his pitches and threw a nasty breaking ball that struck out Pierzynski. The pitch would have been ball 4.
  • The Sox simply could not score off Minnesota relievers. Juan Rincon, Johan Santana, LaTroy Hawkins, and Eddie Guardado combined to pitch 7 and 2/3 scoreless innings. Even when the Sox managed to get close to scoring, they would come up short. Though the Sox lack of fundamentals (mainly D’Angelo Jimenez) did not help the Sox score.
  • Carlos Lee also played a large part in blowing this game. Lee left 6 runners on base and none of those were bigger than when Lee failed to get his job done in the 9th. With the bases loaded Lee could not hit a fly ball to score the runner. In fact, he didn’t even make contact and went down swinging instead. Overall the Sox made this lose a team effort by all contributing to blowing the game, though none bigger than D’Angelo Jimenez.
  • The Sox have a crucial rubber match against the Twins tomorrow as they look to win the series. The Sox send Mark Buehrle to the mound and the Twins counter with Brad Radke for a noon cst game. Buehrle had 5 wins against the Twins last year, but will need to come up with a big effort tomorrow. Though, the most important thing may be how the Sox hitters perform.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
  Maggs gets a rest, but later pinch hits and stays in the game. Rios starts in right.


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