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Losing Ugly!

May 4, at Baltimore


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,250,000
"Accounted for 66% of the offense tonight with his 2-run bomb in the first. Other than that, not much to comment on individually or team-wise."

Short Take: Defense, pitching, offense all pretty miserable in sloppy defeat

Ouch. After a month of the luck always coming up on their side, the Sox finally misplaced their horseshoe in a bad way. In what proved to be a game reminiscent of 2003, the offense could not take advantage of Eric DuBose, Baltimore’s starter who walked seven batters, and then committed three costly errors en route to an ugly, 10-4 loss.

The game started well, though. Juan Uribe singled to lead the game off and after Kelly Dransfeldt failed to move him over, Magglio Ordonez took the job to himself, taking DuBose out of the park and giving the Sox an early 2-0 lead. Brian Roberts, however, remained a nightmare. After singling to lead off the Oriole first, he stole second and was able to advance to third on Miguel Olivo’s errant throw and was brought home by Miguel Tejada’s sac fly. After that, things just started to get ugly, but it really could have gone the other way, just the White Sox never seemed to be able to pick up runners when they were on base. In the second inning alone, DuBose walked Paul Konerko, Aaron Rowand, Miguel Olivo, and Juan Uribe and threw a wild pitch, to boot, yet the White Sox plated no one.

The Orioles, however, took advantage of an “off” Esteban Loaiza, punishing him for any mistake or lucky bounce. In the third Larry Bigbie led off with a 70-foot chopper to second that Uribe could only glove but not throw. Bigbie would score later, as would Roberts again after a deep double. Things just weren’t falling our way, Sox fans.

There are really few other highlights. Kelly Dransfeldt probably bought himself a plane ticket to AAA once Jose Valentin is ready to come back, as he helped really open the floodgates in the Oriole’s 4-run fourth. With Jay Gibbons on third and B.J. Surhoff on second, Esteban had just gotten Bigbie to strike out, leaving the Sox 1 out away from getting out of the mess, but Brian Roberts split Dransfeldt’s wickets and scored both runs and, for all intensive purposes, won the game for the Birds right there.

Esteban was removed in the 6th, after Rafael Palmeiro singled home Roberts again (who outscored the Sox by himself today and swiped four bags). Ozzie Guillen used Mike Jackson and Neal Cotts in relief; Jackson went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, a walk, and a run. Cotts really wasn’t any better, going one inning, allowing a hit and a run. As for the Orioles, after DuBose’s 7th walk, manager Lee Mazzilli had seen enough from his young, struggling southpaw and pulled him in favor of Rodrigo Lopez, a 15-game winner in 2002, who dominated the helpless Sox for 4 innings. He only faced 14 batters in 4 innings of work, only allowing a hit to Dransfeldt and a walk to Carlos Lee.

Thanks to Seattle’s 16-inning win over Minnesota, the Pale Hose remain half a game up on the Twins. The Sox and Orioles, meanwhile, wrap up the three game set in tonight’s rubber match at Camden Yards. In what shapes up to be a solid pitching match-up, the Sox will send Mark Buehrle to the hill against Sidney Ponson. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM Central Time and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN and locally on Fox Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Not a whole lot of smallball tonight, but I hope Willie Harris was taking notes as Brian Roberts ran circles around the Sox.


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