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Sox - soaked, slammed, short...

July 17 Vs. Tigers

Today's temperature:
"The team showed no focus and no desire in the first start of the second half. Jerry is still tinkering and Reinsy is still fiddling..."

Short Take: Late rain delayed start sees Tigers pound ineffective Sox as late comeback falls short.

This game should never have been played. There were massive thundershowers all across the Chicago area all evening long. But, the Sox braintrust for some inexplicable reason decided to hold both teams and the few fans who stuck around hostage until 10:15 before finally starting the game. No one can know if the reasons were because of scheduling problems (this is the Tigers last trip to Chicago this season), pitching problems (playing a DH would have necessitated calling up another pitcher) or greed (this is where my money lies), but whatever the reason, by the time the game actually started, the Sox were bored and looking to go home and the Tigers were angry and looking to take it out on someone. The Sox sent Bartolo Colon to the mound and the Tigers countered with Mike "4-13" Maroth. So naturally, the Sox were at a terrible disadvantage...

Things started badly and then they got worse. The Tigers sent 8 men to the plate in the first inning, but managed to score the minimum - 2 runs - for their effort. Colon was having a hard time finding the strike zone and when he did, the ball got hit hard. In fact, if not for a couple of "right size, wrong shape" hits by the Tiger hitters, this one could have been over a lot sooner. As it was, the Sox didn't get seriously behind until the 4th inning when Bartolo was pulled after giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks over 104 pitches. Meanwhile, the Sox hitters were acting like Maroth was Pedro Martinez, managing one hit in the first 4 innings - a solo homer by Joe Crede. But the fun didn't stop there. The Tigers kept pouring it on - adding another 4 runs in the 5th against Dave Sanders and almost guaranteeing that the game will have to be finished on Friday. But, even though the ninth inning started after 1:00, the teams kept playing. Of course by then the game seemed thoroughly over. The Sox had made some noise in the 7th when Miguel Olivo hit a 3-run homer to make it 9-5, but with men on 1st and 2nd and one away, Frank Thomas struck out and Magglio Ordonez grounded out meekly to the shortstop. The Tigers tacked on another run in the 8th off of (who else) Billy Koch and the game that shouldn't have started didn't seem to want to end. In the ninth, the Sox gave it one final try as Tony Graffanino and Robbie Alomar both singled to start the inning. After Thomas flied out and Magglio grounded out, Carlos Lee hit a 3-run homer and Carl Everett followed with his first White Sox homer. But, Paul Konerko swung at the first pitch and flied out to left to end this rain soaked evening not with a bang but a whimper...

The Royals beat the Mariners and the Twins beat the A's tonight while the Sox were losing again to the "mighty" Detroit Tigers. That's 4 in a row to these bums. Whatever is wrong with this team, it can't be fixed with spackle and whiteout. Late comeback or not, this was one ugly game. Rick White is the only Sox pitcher to not give up a run and the eventual game deciding run is given up Billy Koch. Too bad the Sox hitters decided to sleep through the first 5 innings, this one might have been different if they hadn't waited so long to start playing. Mark Buehrle goes on Friday to try and stop the bleeding against the worst team in baseball. What's the over under on lineup changes?

Tinkerer Update:
 Graffanino leading off, Konerko playing first, so much for the end of tinkering.

submitted by The Warden.

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Joe Crede

Must have spent the time off working on his swing. He was much quicker through the strike zone tonight and it paid off with a double and a homer. 

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