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Woe, Canada

May 8 at Toronto


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,250,000
"1 for 4 today with an infield single. Had a couple nice catches in Right, otherwise an uninspired performance."

Short Take: Schoeneweis sharp, but bats slumber as Sox drop another one north of the border.

Don't blame Scott Schoeneweis. He did his job today.

Unfortunately, the rest of his teammates failed to pick him up as the White Sox (17-12) lost another one to the fourth place Blue Jays (12-18), 4 to 2.

Let's first look at the positives of this affair. Schoeneweis was solid in notching a no decision, pitching 7 innings of two-run ball with 5 strikeouts. He got out of early trouble in the first inning, working out of a jam. With runners on second and third and one out, he got Carlos Delgado to pop out to third, and struck out Josh Phelps to end the inning. He retired seven in a row until Dave Berg touched him up for a two-out single in the bottom of the third. This started the Jays rally, the only inning in which they would cross the plate on Schoeneweis. Vernon Wells followed Berg with an RBI double to put the Jays up 1-0. After Delgado was hit by a pitch, Josh Phelps singled home Wells to make the score 2-0. This would be all the Jays would get until the 8th inning, which we'll talk about later. Schoeneweis would buckle down, spreading out 6 hits and one walk over 7 innings, with 5 strikeouts on the day. Another quality start for Scott, who has arguably been the ace of the staff so far in terms of performance.

As far as the White Sox scoring, there's not a lot to discuss today unfortunately. Overall it was a sloppy and uninspired performance by the struggling offense. They did manage to tie the game up in the fifth, however. Frank Thomas led off the frame with a standup double to the gap in left center. But Carlos Lee popped out to first, and Paul Konerko struck out, stranding Thomas at second with two outs. Not to worry, because Joe Crede, who is one of the better clutch hitters on this club, crushed the first offering from Miguel Batista into the seats. Brand new ballgame, 2-2 tie. Batista matched Schoeneweis virtually pitch for pitch, and their lines were almost identical except Batista did not allow a base on balls.

The Sox did have another chance to score in the sixth, but failed to execute and this time it cost them. Sandy Alomar, hitting in the #9 hole, led off the 6th with a double over the head of leftfielder Dave Berg. Willie Harris,2 for 4 on the day, struck out, failing to move Alomar to third. Juan Uribe then popped out for the second out of the inning and also failed to move the runner. Magglio Ordonez followed with his only hit of the day, an infield single. But it was not enough to bring the run home. With men on first and third, Batista got Thomas to ground out to second to get out of the inning and escape trouble.

Besides a lack of execution, the Sox also made some mental mistakes today. Harris was the victim of a pickoff in the fourth inning. After leading off with a single, he was caught napping and as Uribe looked at strike three, the catcher Kevin Cash made a snap throw to first to nail Harris. The most glaring mistake of the game, however, belonged to reliever Neil Cotts. Cotts entered the game to start the 8th inning in relief of Schoeneweis. With one out, he issued a free pass to Vernon Wells. Wells would steal second base, but it turned out to be irrelevant. After striking out Delgado, Cotts faced Josh Phelps with two outs and the lead run on second. What ensued would be a roller-coaster of emotion which would end in heartbreak. Phelps hit a long fly to the opposite field in right, clearing the fence. Initially the ball was ruled a home run. Upon further discussion, the call was overturned and properly ruled a foul ball. The Sox had dodged a bullet. Cotts would take the count to 2 and 2 on Phelps before offering up a hanging changeup. Phelps didn't miss this one, and there was no doubt. He turned on it and gave the Jays a 4-2 lead going into the 9th with a two-run bomb. The Sox did try to start a rally in the 9th, managing two singles off the Jays new closer Terry Adams, but they were unable to score and lost for the second game in a row.

The Sox will try to break out of this funk and salvage the last game of the series tomorrow. Esteban Loaiza gets the nod against Justin Miller, he of the tattoos. Sox hitters will look to *tatoo* him beginning at 12:05 CDT from Skydome. The Sox will be looking to take the season series from the Jays in the last meeting of the season between the two clubs. They will also be looking to stay in at least a tie for first place in the division, where they are currently 0.5 games up on Minnesota going into tonight's action.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Disappointing. Willie Harris caught stealing in the first, picked off in the fourth. Sox failed to capitalize in advancing runners all day, and the only salvation was a Joe Crede home run. Not a good day for smallball.


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Joe Crede

Clutch two-run homer to tie the game in the 5th. Accounted for all the scoring for the Sox.

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