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West Coast Blunders Continue

August 14th at Anaheim

Today's temperature:
"This one wasn't really Jerry's fault. The team just wasn't ready to play. Night game getaway days are tough on everyone. Hopefully that 5:00 AM landing time in Texas won't hurt them on Friday. "

Short Take:† Another West Coast loss thanks to the Sox lack of scoring.

The White Sox gave their fans another reason not to bother to stay up late to watch their west coast games on Thursday night. On Thursday it was the offense that yet again, could not get the job done causing the 5-1 Sox loss. Starter Jon Garland actually pitched a little better than his line would indicate, but the walks came back to bit him. In the 1st, Garland walked Jeff Davanon who would advance to third after a Tim Salmon single. One batter later, Scott Spiezio got a bloop hit which would plate Davanon giving the Angels an early 1-0 lead. In the second, Garland walked Adam Kennedy to start the inning. Kennedy advanced to second on a passed ball and a Chone Figgins single brought him around to score stretching the lead to 2-0. That would be all the Angels would need because the Sox bats failed to do much to overcome the deficit. The Angels however werenít done there. In the 3rd, they didnít need a walk to score because the second batter of the inning, Tim Salmon, would touch em all on one swing of the bat with his solo blast that gave the Angels a 3-0 lead. Garland would settle down after that and give the Sox a chance to get back in the game. Their offense would not take advantage of that as they didnít score a single run while Garland was pitching.

Anaheim starter Scot Shields was simply dominating for the Angels. He went 7 and 2/3 innings allowing only 1 run on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 5. The Sox couldnít seem to figure out Shields and they werenít about to do any damage to the Angels bullpen either. The Sox scored their only run of the game in the 8th when they made it interesting. Brian Daubach singled to start the inning. A Jose Valentin ground out and a Joe Crede single later, the Sox looked like they might try to get back in this game. Paul Konerko would pinch hit for Miguel Olivo but grounded into a fielders choice which scored the runner from 3rd. The next batter, Roberto Alomar struck out to end the inning and end any hopes of a comeback by the Sox. Alomar struggled mightily in the series managing just 1 hit during the course of the series.

The Sox made a brief attempt at a comeback in the 9th when Magglio Ordonez doubled and Carl Everett walked. Unfortunately they waited until 2 outs were made in the inning to start the brief attempt at a rally. Brian Daubach flew out to deep center which ended any hopes of a near miraculous comeback. The Sox just couldnít manage to hit Scot Shields which was their downfall as they were able to get some hits off the Angels stellar bullpen. Shields went through one stretch where he retired 11 straight Sox hitters. Jon Adkins made his debut in the 7th inning when he relieved Kelly Wunsch One run had already scored in the inning when Adkins entered the game. He did not fare well as he walked the first batter, then allowed a ground rule double which scored another run, and then walked another batter. Scott Schoeneweis recorded the 3rd out after Adkins could not get a single out. This loss is the Sox 30th loss on the West Coast since the start of last season. They have amassed only 5 wins in that time span. The Sox will now travel to Texas to start a 3 game series tomorrow night at 7:05 cst. Esteban Loaiza will oppose Colby Lewis as the Sox look to turn things around after another horrid West Coast road trip.

Tinkerer Update:
†Daubach gets the start at 1st in place of Paul Konerko, who later pinch hit and drove in the Sox only run.

submitted by Jjav829.

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