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Abyssmal Once Again!

August 5th at Kansas City


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
17
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"As his knee heals, Maggs manages to injure his head after repeatdly banging it aganst the wall in frustration watching tonight's game."

Short Take: 9th inning rally at least keeps it respectable

Everybody knows that sportswriters are all about metaphors, and your humble correspondent is no exception. So let's put it this way, Sox fans--it's no wonder Kansas City is world-reknowned for its killer barbecue, because they basted the White Sox in hickory sauce last night, and then threw them into the smoker for 3 hours today. Sox lose their second in a row to the second-worst team in baseball and lose what seems like their umpteenth series in a row by a final score of 6-4, finishing off their road trip against the dregs of the AL Central record with a wretched 2-5 record.

Many Sox fans wonder what Jon Garland does to prepare himself for a big start. Does he get an extra shot of espresso in his Starbucks lattes? Does he sing along to showtunes in the shower? Does he do anything involving emotion and passion at all? Tonight, it looked like Jon was taking pitching tips from Scott Schoeneweis as he falls victim to the big inning syndrome, allowing the Royals to plate 5 runs in the 5th and walk away with the win. Early on, Jon looked like he was finally going to post the solid start the Sox neede, allowing just 2 baserunners through 3 1/3 innings. Then the wheels came off. Jon served up a gopher ball to Matt Staris, who looks like he'd be better off in a t-shirt and sweatpants playing in a 16" softball league than in a major league uniform. After the Stairs blast, Jon would retire the next two batters to end the inning. But in the 5th, disaster struck. Angel Berroa led off the inning with a single, and promptly headed to 3rd on a hit by John Buck, fresh up from AAA Omaha. David DeJesus bloops one past Paul Konerko to bring Berroa home. Garland, immediately unglued, walks Smilin' Joe Randa and then gives up a 3-run blast to Stairs, putting the game out of reach. Graland gave way in the 8th to Damaso Marte, who worked a perfect inning for the first time in a while.

Fitting that there was a power outage which caused a blackout at Kauffman Stadium toward the end of tonight's game, since the Sox have been trying to get their lights turned back on for 2 straight nights. The Sox first 2 baserunners on the night reached on errors, and it wasn't until a sharp Joe Crede single in the 5th that Royals rookie Zack Greinke allowed a hit. Aaron Rowand finally put the Sox on the board in the 6th with a home run to deep center. After that, nothing but misery until the final frame. The Sox at least made a game out of it in the 9th, scoring 3 runs thanks to a Jose Valentin jack and a 2-run single from Timo Perez. But with the bases loaded, Carlos Lee popped up meely to second to end the game and mercifully put the Sox back on the plane to Chicago.

The Sox return home for a four game set against the surging Cleveland Indians in a battle for 3rd place in the AL Central. Tomorrow's game is at 7:05 CDY, with Mark Buehrle facing off against rodeo clown reject C.C. Sabathia.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Whatever happened to manufacturing runs? Sure, we did it a little in the 9th, but it's nowhere near enough.


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