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Stinking Up The Cell

May 15th vs Minnesota

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Another 0'fer. Needs to put the team on his shoulders and carry them to earn that big contract."

Short Take:  The Sox waste more good pitching, this time from Esteban Loaiza, with a lack of offense.

In scoring a measly two runs on Friday night against a struggling pitcher who entered the game with an ERA over 6.00, many fans thought the Sox couldnít look much worse. Well on Saturday, the Sox managed to prove all those fans wrong by actually looking worse! Esteban Loaiza managed to do his part in this game. He had better stuff than heíd had most of the year and used it to work out of jams and keep the Twins down. But Loaiza didnít get the needed run support from his offense that cowered at the feet of a pitcher who entered the game sporting a career ERA over 5.50. Seth Greisinger shut down the Sox to the tune of only one earned run over 7 innings in the Sox 4-1 loss.

Loaiza came out of the gate looking good. After a 1-2-3 first, Loaiza found himself in a bit of a jam. Loaiza led off the inning with a walk to Jose Offerman and when Torii Hunter singled, things looked worse. But a misplay by Aaron Rowand wound up helping Loaiza out. Rowand bobbled a ball hit to him and when he recovered, spun and fired the ball back in leading Hunter to think about going to 2nd. But Jose Valentin cut off the throw and threw it to 1st base where Paul Konerko tagged out Hunter diving back into 1st. Loaiza then got a ground ball back to him, and forced a fly out to get out of the jam. The Sox first real threat came in the 3rd inning. With two outs, Miguel Olivo singled and stole second. Willie Harris walked to put two on for Valentin. But Jose could not come through as he would foul out to third. The Sox finally put the first run on the board in the 4th inning with a Frank Thomas solo home run which would prove to be only a run that prevented a shutout. The Twins, as they seemingly always managed to do, responded back quickly. In the top of the 5th inning, Hunter doubled and after a ground out was driven home on a hit by Michael Cuddyer. A strikeout and a single later, Lew Ford singled to score Cuddyer to give the Twins a 2-1 lead from which they would not look back.

In the 6th inning with one out Jose Valentin singled. Magglio Ordonez then swung at a very questionable pitch on a 3-0 count and fouled out to first. A Frank Thomas strikeout later, the Sox possible scoring opportunity was gone. The Twins added to their lead courtesy of two Torii Hunter solo blasts to complete the 4-1 game. One of those homerís came off the struggling Cliff Politte in the 9th inning. Loaiza finished up going 8 strong inning, striking out five, walking one, and allowing three runs. The loss drops Loaiza to 4-3 and drops the Sox to 19-16, now 3 games back of the Minnesota Twins.

The Sox try to salvage a much needed win tomorrow at 2:05 CDT when Mark Buehrle squares off against Carlos Silva.

Ozzieball Update:
 No Uribe in the lineup again, and the Sox offense continues to struggle. Coincidence? We won't know until Ozzie actually puts him in the lineup.

submitted by Jjav829.

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