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Matinee Disaster

June 2nd at Oakland

Today's Free Agency Value:
"Maggs continues to sit and is expected to be placed on the DL soon."

Short Take:  Buehrle once again pitches well, only to be let down by the bullpen.

Over his last 4 starts before Wednesday's game, the White Sox have provided Mark Buehrle with 43 runs of support. So it was no surprise that Buehrle entered the game having won his last 4 starts. The man taking the mound to oppose Buehrle, Illinois native and Sox fan Mark Mulder, also entered the game having won his last 4 starts. Mulder received 33 runs of support in his starts. So something had to give in this close match-up of lefties. And unfortunately what gave was the White Sox bullpen in a 3-2 loss.

Coming off a disappointing extra inning loss on Tuesday night, the Sox looked to strike early in Wednesday’s matinee affair. And that they did. With 1 out in the top of the 1st, Willie Harris singled. Frank Thomas then grounded to A’s pitcher Mark Mulder for what looked to be at least one easy out. But Mulder decided to try for the double play and it cost him. Mulder threw to second and threw the ball away. One hitter later, Carlos Lee extended his career long hitting streak to 19 games and drove in Harris for the first Sox run.

The Sox continued the scoring in the 2nd inning when Joe Crede led off with a base hit. Kelly Dransfeldt reached base on an infield hit, and Sandy Alomar Jr. moved both the runners to 2nd and 3rd with a sacrifice bunt. When Juan Uribe grounded to shortstop the runner from 3rd scored, however Dransfeldt attempted to make 3rd base and was thrown out. The Sox did not score again in the inning or the game.

Mark Buehrle pitched well, getting through the first 5 innings without allowing a run. But in the 6th, he let one get away. The first batter of the bottom of the 6th, Jermaine Dye, homered to right field to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Buehrle got out of the inning, but then gave way to the bullpen. Mike Jackson and Shingo Takatsu each followed with an inning of perfect relief to hold the 2-1 lead. But that was until the 9th inning when Billy Koch got the call. Koch, who had allowed just one run over his past six innings of relief, could not shut the door on the A’s. After allowing a leadoff single to Erubiel Durazo, Koch retired the next batter, pinch hitter Billy McMillon on a foul out to 3rd. But Koch proceeded to throw a wild pitch allowing Durazo to advance to 2nd. The batter, pinch hitter Scott Hatteberg, singled to right. An error by Aaron Rowand allowed Durazo to score and tie the game. Koch got out of the inning with the score tied, but things didn’t look good for the Sox.

In the top of the 10th, Joe Crede once again led off with a single. After a sacrifice and a ground out, Crede was on 3rd with 2 outs for Juan Uribe. Unfortunately, Uribe could not come through in what turned out to be the Sox last chance. In the bottom of the 10th, Jon Adkins replaced Koch. After striking out the first batter, Adkins served up a homer to Mark Kotsay for the A’s second consecutive walkoff home run over the Sox.

The Sox get Thursday off before starting up a three game series with the Seattle Mariners. Jon Garland will throw for the Sox and face off against Freddy Garcia. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
 Left the bases loaded twice and totaled 14 left on base in the game.

submitted by Jjav829.

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