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Stinking and Sinking

July 29, at Detroit


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
22
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"After watching tonight's game, Maggs put a few extra laps in at the pool."

Short Take: Another costly error dooms Sox, wastes good performance from Schoeneweis, now 4 behind Minnesota

After an embarrassing sweep at home to the Minnesota Twins, we could only hope for some kind of reason for hope as the Sox start a road trip in Detroit. Instead, it was more of the same – terrible hitting and costly errors sink the Sox – as they dropped their fifth straight, losing 3-2 to the Tigers.

It was bad from the beginning. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the second, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Rondell White and Marcus Thames. With the way the first two innings had gone, a 1-2-3 first and a wasted second, it seemed like those two runs would be insurmountable. Instead, the Sox took a run back in the top of the next frame, on a single by Carlos Lee.

However, the frustration wouldn’t stop there, as the Sox sent six batters to the plate in the next two innings before Carl Everett knotted the game with a sac fly in the 6th to score Timo Perez. Still, Jason Johnson had not been pitching as well as his final line of three hits and two runs over six innings of work shows. The Sox simply couldn’t do anything offensively for the love of them. We knew losing Frank and Magglio would hurt, but the offense has almost completely vanished. So far in the month of July, the White Sox have managed to score a grand total of 101 runs… Truly pathetic.

Wasted in all this was maybe Scott Schoeneweis’ bests start in a while. For a guy whose job was hanging by a thread, he stepped up when the team needed someone to act as a stopper. Though his final stats are less than impressive (5 hits, 3 runs, only two earned, and 4 walks over 5 1/3 innings of work), Scott was impressive. Aside from the second, he allowed only 3 hits and did not allow the lead-off man to reach base until Dmitri Young singled in the 6th.

Speaking of the sixth, this is when it all went wrong. After Young’s single, Carlos Guillen struck out swinging and Rondell White hit a ground ball to Jose Valentin, who made another critical error, allowing both Young and White to safely reach. The grounder would have at least gotten one out and possibly two, but instead, the Tigers had two on with one out. Jon Adkins relieved Schoeneweis, and promptly walked Marcus Thames (Marcus Thames?) before Bobby Higginson grounded out to first, scoring the go-ahead run. If only we had had a chance to get another out that inning… Oh wait…

What else is there to say? The bullpen quadruplet of Al Levine, Roberto Novoa, Esteban Yan, and Ugeth Urbina combined to work the final three innings, allowing two hits and no walks. Johnson picked up his eighth win while Schoeneweis lost for the eighth time. All in all, this was a real snoozer, as the teams competed to prove to each other who was the most offensively impotent. Even the most hardcore baseball fan had to be reaching for the caffeine pills to sit through tonight’s 2:40 snore-a-thon.

The only good news of the day? The Twins were off, so the Sox could only lose half a game on the division leaders, however, the Sox now find themselves four games out and sinking rapidly. If things don’t turn around quickly, it’s not out of the question to see the Sox dug into an inescapable hole and looking to next season. Still, there are three more games with the toothless Tigers. The question is which version of the White Sox will show up?

Jon Garland goes against Wilfredo Ledezma tomorrow. Game time is 6:05 PM Chicago Time and the game will be aired over Fox Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
On the plus side, Sox scored all the runs with no home runs. On the downside, they only managed two of them.


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