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Broken By Oakland!

August 31st vs Oakland

Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:

"Maggs heads to the ballpark with his copy of Moneyball, hoping Billy Beane will sign it."

Short Take: Sad slow slide into September continues

"Consistent" isn't a word that we've heard too often when talking about the White Sox and their 2004 campaign, unless it's used in the context of "At least the 5th starter's spot is consistent in its wretchedness" or "Joe Borchard sure is consistent with his ability to strike out swinging." But let's face it, when the Sox play the Oakland A's and their statgeek approach to baseball, they're consistent in losing. The A's march into town and take the first game of their 3 game set at US Cellular by a score of 7-2.

Felix Diaz got the start for the Sox tonight, and that could only spell disaster for the South Side faithful. True to form, Diaz surrenders a triple to the first batter he faces in Mark Kotsay, who scores 2 batters later on a Mark McLemore sacrifice fly. Once again, the Sox are in the hole before they even come up to bat. Diaz naturally found himself in trouble again in the second and third, as the Oakland offense and their Masters of OBP get on and get home. Bobby Crosby and Mark Kotsay pound doubles in the second which net Oakland 3 runs, and a pair of singles in the third add 2 more to the A's totals. Diaz would settle down, retiring 12 batters in a row at one point, but the damage was already done, and the youngster eats his 4th loss of the season, while watching his ERA rocket up to 9.09. Neal Cotts would hurl 2 perfect innings in relief before giving way to Jon Adkins, who gave up a home run to Adam Melhuse in the 9th to close out scoring for Oakland.

Meanwhile, there were very few bright spots on the Sox offense, as the South Side Balsawood company scratches out just 6 hits, with 2 each from steady producers Aaron Rowand and Carlos Lee. Lee, making his first start in 5 days, singledhandedly accounted for all the Sox run production tonight. El Caballo would single in the 4th to bring home who else but Aaron Rowand, and then add a solo home run in the 9th. Paul Konerko and Jose Valentin are both hitless on the night, and Carl Everett wasn't much of a designated hitter, stroking just one hit while fanning twice.

The Sox and A's continue their battle tomorrow night at Us Cellular with a 7:05 start. Jason Grilli squares off against Barry Zito.

Ozzieball Update:
 I tell you what. If only 2 guys in the lineup are hitting, it's pretty hard to manufacture runs.

submitted by WhiteSoxWilkes.

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