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Where have all the hits gone?

April 8th at New York

Today's Free Agency Value:
"It's hard to imagine paying anyone big money after a offensive output like that."

Short Take:  Schoeneweis pitches well, but doesn't get the run support.

Coming off a series split with the Royals to start the season, the White Sox went into Thursday’s game with an extremely tough task to accomplish - beat the New York Yankees in their home opener. The Sox sent Scott Schoeneweis to the mound to make his first start since 2002. With Schoeneweis making his first start in over a year as well as Alex Rodriguez and Javier Vazquez making their debuts in front of the New York crowd, the Sox chances in this game seemed to be slim heading into the game. Yet to Sox fans surprise, the game was much closer than they expected. However, the outcome of the game would not please Sox fans as the Yankees came away with a 3-1 win. Early on, the game looked like it would get away from the Sox. But to Scott Schoeneweis’s credit, he managed to keep the Sox in the game and give them a chance to win.

The first inning started off very rough. After the first three Sox hitters were retired in order, Schoeneweis got his first chance to prove his critics wrong. He didn’t early on. After recording the first out, Schoeneweis allowed the next 4 batters to reach base pushing across one run. Another run would score before the inning ended leaving the Sox in a tough position. Schoeneweis fared better in the 2nd, but not without giving Sox fans a scare. The first two batters went down his ease, but then Schoeneweis stumbled. A hit and two walks loaded the bases for Jason Giambi. Giambi gave the pitch a ride but Magglio Ordonez was able to track it down to end the inning. The Sox pitching wasn’t the problem after that. Schoeneweis would allow one more run on a solo homer, but otherwise kept the Yankees in check. Schoeneweis finished having thrown 6 innings, allowing just 3 runs, on 4 walks and 7 hits. The problem for the Sox…they struggled to hit, much less score.

The Sox scored their only run in the 4th inning courtesy of a Paul Konerko base hit which pushed across Frank Thomas who had walked two batters earlier. The Sox only other opportunity after that came in the 9th when the Sox got the leadoff man on base. They would waste that as they had wasted any chance of giving Scott Schoeneweis his first win. Aside from Schoeneweis, the lone bright spot in this game came from the bullpen with Jon Adkins and Neal Cotts both making their season debuts and combining to pitch two scoreless innings. Ozzie Guillen did manage to get newcomer Timo Perez into the game for his first appearance in the 8th inning. Guillen pinch hit Perez for the hitless Aaron Rowand in order to get a favorable lefty-righty match-up.

The Sox will get another shot at the Yankees tomorrow at 3:05 CDT. Jon Garland will make his first start of the season against Jose Contreras. Hopefully the Sox can get to Contreras more than they got to Vazquez.

Ozzieball Update:
 It's hard to play smallball when you don't have the runners on base. Ozzie did manage to give Sox fans their first look at Timo Perez.

submitted by Jjav829.

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