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Championship Hangover

April 4, vs. Cleveland


How was the trophy defended today?
I guess the rings served as motivation for the new Sox... Alex Cintron, Rob Mackowiak, and Jim Thome go 4-10 with a walk, homer, and both RBIs.  The rest?  2-22 and 4 K's.

Short Take:  Pomp and circumstance surrounding World Series title ends as Sox receive rings, drubbing from Tribe.

The White Sox had one more day to celebrate their 2005 World Title.  With the championship banner hanging proudly in the afternoon sun, the members of the 2005 White Sox were presented with their championship rings in front of a sold out crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.

Had the day stopped there, it would have been perfect.  But no, the pesky Tribe had to go and ruin a perfectly good day of White Sox baseball as Jake Westbrook mistook himself for Cy Young and the Indians pounded Freddy Garcia for 7 runs over 4-plus innings in an 8-2 whitewashing of the World Champs.

The game started well for the Sox.  Tadahito Iguchi, Joe Crede, and Paul Konerko each flashed some gold leather as Garcia put down the first four batters he faced.  Victor Martinez, however, poked a solo home run just over the left field wall in the 2nd to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead.  After the Indians loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, Garcia escaped unharmed inducing a fielder's choice out of Ohio's Newest millionaire, Grady Sizemore.

The Sox, however, were still apparently a bit awestruck by the diamonds and celebration, as they managed only 2 base runners in the first two innings, singles by Alex Cintron and Rob Mackowiak, each making their first start of the season for the champs.  Cleveland, meanwhile, blew the doors open on the game in the 4th.  After Freddy got two easy outs, the hits started to pour in.  Ronnie Belliard doubled.  Aaron Boone singled in front of Mackowiak to put the Tribe up by 2.  After stealing second, he was was plated on a single by Casey Blake.  Scott Podsednik's throw to home was just a hair late, and got A.J. Pierzynski got run over by Boone, allowing Blake to 2nd.  Blake moved to third on a wild pitch by Garcia and scored on a single by Sizemore.  Before you could ask what had happened, the Sox were staring down the barrel of a 4-run deficit.

In keeping with the theme of the afternoon for the Sox, the newcomers came to play.  Jim Thome lead off the 4th with a monster blast to right field.  Unfortunately, the Sox went down meekly and Garcia gave up Thome's homer and another pair of runs in the 5th.  Jhonny Peralta doubled to lead off the frame and scored on a single by Travis Hafner.  A walk to Victor Martinez ended Garcia's day and Boone Logan made his MLB debut.  After getting his first two batters out, Logan served up a deep double to Aaron Boone, to plate 2 last runs and all but nail the final coffin in this one for the Sox.

If there was a plus to take from today, it was that the bullpen pitched well for the 2nd straight game.  Though Logan let both runners he inherited score, he did toss 2 innings of ball allowing no runs and only one hit.  Neal Cotts tossed a pair of scoreless innings, too, and most important, maybe was the job done by Bobby Jenks, who pitched a flawless ninth.  Yeah, it was garbage time, but it was nice considering his Spring.

The Sox offense, however, never found a spark.  Westbrook continued his mastery of the Sox for over 6 innings.  In the 6th, after a ground out by Scott Podsednik, Alex Cintron drew a walk.  He moved to third on a single by Jim Thome, but as the game went, Paul Konerko could only muster a meek ground ball on the infield that ended the inning in a 6-4-3 double play.  Rafael Betancourt and Guillermo Mota closed out the win for Cleveland.

The loss drops the Sox to 1-1 on the season and marks the first time the team has been at .500 since September 9, 2004.  They also drop from first place for the first time since the end of the '04 season.  The Sox and Tribe will go at it tomorrow afternoon in the Rubber Game of the series.  Cliff Lee and Jose Contreras will be on the bump.  Game time is 1:05 PM Central time and will be aired on WGN.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Thome's homer was all she wrote about this one.


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