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Going Through the Motions

August 29 at Cleveland

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
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"Takes the day off from peddling Chevys to take in the beautiful sights and smells of Cleveland."

Short Take:Elarton fires two-hitter for Tribe as Garland and Sox take one on the chin.

If I did my job as well as the White Sox did today, I would be sued for malpractice. In one of the most pathetic displays of baseball seen this season, the Sox were stymied by none other than the great Scott Elarton in a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of the Indians at Jacobs Field.

Let's start with the highlights. Don't worry, this part won't take too long. The Palehose managed two hits off Cy-in-waiting Elarton today. Yay. Willie Harris broke up the no-no with an infield single in the fourth inning, and was rapidly erased on a double play ball by Juan Uribe. To prove that this hit was not a fluke, Joe Crede singled cleanly to center in the 9th inning. The Sox managed only 4 baserunners all game, the other two the result of a hit by pitch and base on balls. Elarton faced two over the minimum for the complete game shutout. Ben Davis was beaned intentionally to start the 9th inning in apparent retaliation for the Sox hitting Ben Broussard in the previous inning. For the record, Broussard leaned into the pitch and was hit unintentionally. As we all know too well by now the Sox pitchers never throw at opposing batters, no matter how good of a reason they have to do so.

Jon Garland was up to his old tricks, a routine which is getting quite old by now. He gave up a three-spot in the second inning, courtesy of a two-run home run by Casey Blake and an RBI single by Covelli "call me Coco (?)" Crisp. The damage would have been worse had it not been for a rather unconventional double play. With Broussard on second courtesy of a throwing error on a routine play by Jose Valentin, Ronnie Belliard hit a sharp grounder back to Garland. Garland fielded the ball cleanly, and got Broussard hung up between second and third. A rundown ensued, and as Broussard headed back to second base Belliard also converged on the base. Valentin got the ball at the bag and tagged out Broussard and Belliard in succession, completing the double play. That was about the extent of the excitement generated by the Sox this afternoon.

While Elarton settled in and at one point retired 14 batters in a row, Garland never got in a groove. In the home half of the 4th, Blake added his second home run of the game, a solo shot to give the Indians a 4-0 lead. Belliard followed one batter later with a solo shot of his own, making the score 5-0 Tribe. Garland gave up 4 longballs today, the fourth a solo shot by Travis Hafner to lead off the 6th. Garland pitched 7 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 9 hits with one walk and three K's. For further entertainment value, there was a Mike Jackson sighting today. He managed to come on and prolong the agony by giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in the 8th inning, all the while failing to record an out. Neal Cotts came on and hit the first batter Broussard, which was previously discussed here, before retiring the side without any further damage. Of course, the score at that time was already 9-0, so it is questionable how much more damage could possibly have been done. Elarton finished out his masterpiece for his third win of the season.

The loss drops the Sox record to (63-65), as they fail once again to get back to the .500 mark. They are now in third place, one game behind the Tribe and 8.5 back of the division leading Twins pending the outcome of their game. The Indians, who also entered the contest one game under .500, raised their record to (66-66). This was the last game of the season between the two teams, and if nothing else the Sox can boast that they won the season series 10 games to 9. I'm really grasping for positives here, folks.

The Sox come back for some home cookin' and play a makeup date tomorrow against the fightin' Phils. Brett Myers (7-9, 5.35) squares off against Mark Buehrle (11-8, 4.02) in an afternoon tilt. Gametime 2:05 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
The first mistake was showing up at the ballpark today. Punchless lineup doesn't even put up a fight today.

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