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Detroit Embarrassment!

July 9th at Detroit


Today's temperature:
102
"How do the Sox follow up on beating the Twinkies and Flubbies for 4 straight series? They lose a series to Tampa and another one to Detroit. Pathetic..."

Short Take:  The Sox simply can't hit.

This is getting absolutely embarrassing for Sox fans. A day after a pathetic loss to the bottom feeders of the division, the Sox sent Bartolo Colon to the mound to look to right the ship. Would they do so? Well maybe if we were talking about a major league caliber team, but we’re not. This is the White Sox. A heartless crew of inept hitters who can’t hit pitchers they’ve never seen before. So the Sox looked to take advantage of a pitcher who entered the game with a 2-13 record, Jeremy Bonderman. But they wouldn’t and allowed Bonderman to look more like Pedro Martinez than a 20 year old rookie entering the game with 13 losses. The Sox put up a total of 3 hits….3 hits!!! The game started off positively with Carlos Lee hitting a solo jack in the 1st to give the Sox a quick 1-0 lead. But that would not hold up. Colon would give the lead right up and by the end of the 1st inning the Sox would trail 2-1 (an insurmountable lead for them). Colon did not have his best stuff but when your facing the Tigers, you can usually get away with that. Colon would surrender 4 earned runs in 6 innings. He allowed 11 hits on the night and walked one before making way for Damaso Marte. Marte would pitch 2 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit and striking out 3, but it didn’t matter.

Sox hitters were dumbfounded by the pitching of the lowly Detroit Tigers; an accomplishment few teams can claim. The good news is the Sox only left 6 men on base. The reason is because they only managed to put 4 men on base all game long. The only other run scored was off the bat of Jose Valentin. That came in the 7th inning when the Sox looked like they might get back into the game. Trailing 4-1, leadoff man Joe Crede was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Valentin would hit a double to left field to plate Crede and make it a 4-2 game. But in typical Sox fashion, they would strand that runner on 2nd with 3 consecutive outs. Both Alomar’s struck out swinging and Lee fouled out to the catcher to end the inning. That was the Sox last chance to make any noise. They went down in order in the 8th and the 9th to end the game.

Make no mistake Sox fans, this was not Jerry Manuel’s fault. He fielded the best possible lineup and the Sox hitters simply did not get it done. The Sox 1-5 hitters went 2-20 in this game and no matter what team you’re facing, a 2-20 performance out of your 1-5 hitters just isn’t going to get the job done. In the end, that is why the Sox lose this game. Colon did not pitch great but he pitched well enough considering that the Sox offense would be facing the Tigers pitching. Even after starter Jeremy Bonderman left, the Sox could not get a hit. Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless 1 and 2/3 innings and Chris Mears recorded his second save in as many nights with a perfect 9th. The loss drops the Sox back to 3 game under .500 and 6 games back of the first place Royals.

Esteban Loaiza takes to the mound tomorrow and looks to save the Sox from turning into a complete laughing-stock by being swept by the Tigers. Nate Cornejo goes for the Tigers in a 12:05 cst game.

WSI's
Tinkerer Update:
  Lee bats 2nd, Thomas still at DH, Everett bats 4th and Maggs 5th as Manuel tries to stagger lefties and righties.


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