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Rock Bottom: Shutout and Swept!

July 10th at Detroit

Today's temperature:
"The Sox get swept by the Tigers. Isn't it time to end the Jerry Manuel experiment? "

Short Take:† Shutout and swept by the Tigers. Can the Sox sink any lower?

Just when you thought the Sox had hit rock bottom by losing the first two games to Detroit, they found a way to make it even worse. This game seemed like it should be an easy win for the Sox, but as Sox fans have come to learn, nothing is easy for the White Sox. The Sox sent their best pitcher to the mound, Esteban Loaiza to face Nate Cornejo. This wasnít another pitcher that the Sox havenít seen before. They have faced Cornejo before and hit him quite well. Yet they made him look like an ace today in losing 1-0 to the Tigers. Thatís right. They were swept by the worst team in baseball. The Sox once again started the game as only they can. In the top of the 1st Roberto Alomar walked to leadoff the inning. After a Carlos Lee flyout, Frank Thomas hit into the one millionth double play by a Sox hitter this year. Sadly, while that may be an exaggeration, it certainly doesnít seem like one to Sox fans. If there is one thing the Sox do really well, itís end scoring opportunities with double plays. Loaiza would then allow a run in the bottom of the 1st. Alex Sanchez doubled to start the inning and 2 outs later was standing on 3rd when Kevin Witt singled him home to give the Tigers the only run of the game scored by either teams.

The Sox certainly had more chances to score in this game than in the previous days game. White Sox hitters combined for 8 hits and 2 walks. Magglio Ordonez continues to swing a hot bat as he compiled 3 hits on the day in 4 at-bats. Ordonez and Thomas also contributed nice defensive plays in the game. But the story of this ballgame was the Sox inability to push across runs. Of course the two double plays that Sox batters hit into did not help that cause. The Sox managed to put two men on base in the 3rd with 2 outs but Carlos Lee grounded out to the pitcher and the runners were stranded. In the 6th, Miguel Olivo led off with a single only to be erased by a Roberto Alomar double play. The Sox never managed to put together enough hits to score a run and no one felt that harder than starter Esteban Loaiza. Loaiza pitched 8 innings and allowed only 1 run and yet he took the loss. Only on the Sox can a pitcher pitch that good and take a loss because he gave up one measly run rather than shut the other team out. One simple word to sum up White Sox hitters: Pathetic.

The Sox did manage to make things interesting late but fell short again as they usually seem to do except for when they play the Cubs. With 1 out in the 8th, Jose Valentin doubled and Olivo reached on an infield single to give the Sox 2 men on with 1 out. Robbie Alomar grounded into what could have been another double play but beat the throw at first to give the Sox another chance. They wouldnít take advantage as Carlos Lee grounded out. But the Sox real threat came in the 9th. Frank Thomas walked to start off the inning and Aaron Rowand pinch ran for him. After a Carl Everett flyout Maggs singled to center and an error by Alex Sanchez allowed Rowand to each third base which paved the way for Brian Daubach to tie the game. With a runner on 1st, Tigers first baseman Carlos Pena played close to the bag and that would make a huge difference. Daubach hit a line drive down the first base line that could have plated the game tying and go ahead runs. But Pena made a diving play to catch the ball and when he landed was able to swipe the bag for a double play to end the game. Swept by the Tigers. It doesnít get much more embarrassing than that.

The Sox now head to Cleveland for a 4 game series against the Injuns. Dan Wright will face Brian Anderson in the Sox final series before the All Star break. Barring a complete turnaround from the Sox in this next series, Sox hitters should be ashamed to show their faces at The Cell after the All Star break based on these past two series.

Tinkerer Update:
† Same batting order for two days in a row. Do my eyes deceive me? Thomas starts at 1B and Olivo starts at catcher.

submitted by Jjav829.

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Pitched 8 innings allowing only 1 run but took the loss due to a lack of hitting by White Sox hitters. †

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