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Shock and Anger!

April 5th at Kansas City

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Magglio normally starts the season slow, but after this game maybe the money would be better spent on a good bullpen."

Short Take:  Buehrle's effort and the good run support goes for naught as the pen blows the game.

Baseball is back. And while the White Sox made very few additions during the offseason, the 2004 White Sox Ad campaign focused around the fact that the Sox core players from last year were back. The ad asks Sox fans the rhetorical question, “So, what’s changed?” After new manager Ozzie Guillen is introduced, the response is given: Everything. So, what really has changed? If you judge by the first game of the season…Nothing! In last years opening game the Sox let their fans down by failing to score a single run against the Royals. Sox fans could have only hoped for a simple shutout this year. Instead, Sox fans had their hearts ripped out as the Sox choked away a four run 9th inning lead to lose 9-7. It wasn’t a horrible game for Sox fans to watch. In fact, the first 8 and a half innings were quite enjoyable for Opening Day. The game even included a funny moment as Sox fans saw Paul Konerko huff and puff his way to a stolen base! Sox fans were left with a sense of confidence that the Sox would likely come out of the game with a win. Instead, this Sox team showed that through new manager and all, they still haven’t changed much from the team that last year managed to find new ways to lose games that they should have won. Make no mistake about it, the Sox had this game in hand and were 3 outs away from starting the season off on the right foot. They didn’t….

The game started off great for Sox fans. The 1st inning flew by and the Sox got on the board in the second. Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee led off the inning with singles and when Paul Konerko of all people doubled to right to drive in two runs, Sox fans were settling in for a fun game. Two batters later, Sandy Alomar Jr. smashed a two run homer over the left field fence and all seemed right in Sox land. Even when the Royals managed to scratch across a run in the bottom of the 2nd, Mark Buehrle managed to minimize the damage and keep control of the game. The Sox cruised to the 4th and Carlos Lee got the run back with a solo shot that just cleared the fence (and Carlos Beltran’s glove) in left center. Buehrle didn’t have his best stuff and Benito “BALCO” Santiago took advantage with a solo blast of his own in the bottom of the 5th inning. But Buehrle was recording outs and the Sox offense hadn’t given up yet. They added two more runs in the 7th inning courtesy of singles by Aaron Rowand and Alomar, a run scoring double by Jose Valentin, and a run scoring single by Magglio Ordonez. Buehrle gave one back in the bottom half of the inning and Ozzie Guillen had his first big decision as a manager. He chose to pull Buehrle for newcomer Cliff Politte. Ozzie seemed to be a genius when Politte finished off the 7th with no runs and pitched a scoreless 8th . But that was just the beginning of the end.

Unfortunately the Sox had to play a 9th inning. And it wasn’t pretty. It was horrendous! Guillen made a questionable decision in the 9th deciding to stay with Politte to try to end the game. The decision blew up in his face. Politte walked the first two batters and Ozzie went to the pen for closer Billy Koch. While Koch had better stuff than he had most of last year, he didn’t fare well. Santiago doubled home one run and Sox fans started to shake. Koch struck out the next batter to calm Sox fans somewhat. Little did Sox fans know that would be the last out of the game recorded by Sox pitching. Guillen pulled Koch for Damaso Marte to face the lefty pinch hitter, Matt Stairs. Tony Pena countered with a righty….Mendy Lopez. Yes, Mendy Lopez. Pena looked like the genius when Lopez hit a three run home run to center to tie the game. A single later, Carlos Beltran crushed the hearts of Sox fans everywhere with a two run blast to left center. Game over. Unbelievable.

The Sox now have a day off to think over this awful loss. Esteban Loaiza will take the to the hill at 1:10 cdt Wednesday. Loaiza, coming off a 21 win season, will look to prove that he was no fluke as he opposes Darrell May.

Ozzieball Update:
 Ozzieball worked in this game. A hit-and-run in the 7th inning caused the second baseman to cover 2nd and Sandy Alomar slapped a hit right where the second baseman would have been. Ozzieball also resulted in Paul Konerko's first (and possibly only) stolen base of the season.

submitted by Jjav829.

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