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Ugly Loss

April 14, vs. Toronto

How was the trophy defended today?
Joe Crede went 4-4 and flashed some leather. Aside from that, not a whole lot to praise.

Short Take: Sox jump out to early lead, but Vazquez and bullpen crumble as Blue Jays rock World Champs, 13-7.

On the heels of a sweep of the Tigers, the White Sox rolled back into town to start a 9-game home stand. On the bump was Javier Vazquez, getting his first chance to officially introduce himself to the hometown fans after a solid start to open up the season last week in Kansas City. Jim Thome was riding a 4-game home run streak. Over 30,000 came out to welcome the World Champs home. Instead of facing potential Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, the Sox got matched up with Scott Downs. The weather was gorgeous. What could ruin a night like this? Well, the Blue Jays, as they routed the Sox 13-7 to take the series opener.

It wasn’t all bad, though. True, the Jays did jump out to a 2-0 lead in the second on a 2-run bomb by Shea Hillenbrand, but the Sox charged right back, spotting Vazquez those runs and more. In their half of the frame, Paul Konerko led off the inning with a homer. A double by Joe Crede, infield single by Alex Cintron, and walk to Chris Widger later, the Sox had the bases loaded. Though Brian Anderson struck out in an ugly at bat, Pablo Ozuna picked up his team, doubling down the right field line, scoring a pair and putting the Sox up 3-2. After a 1-2-3 third for Vazquez, the offense came right back after Downs. Three consecutive walks to Thome, Konerko, and Jermaine Dye loaded the bases again and ended Downs’ night in lieu of Paul Walker, who immediately gave up a single to Crede to move everyone up 90 feet. Alex Cintron drove in the 5th Sox run of the night on a fielder’s choice, and the Sox seemed poised to really break the game open when Chris Widger walked to again load the bases, but Brian Anderson’s struggles at the dish continued, manifesting in an inning-ending double play. Still, Vazquez had thrown three solid innings, only allowing one mistake and took the rubber in the 4th with a 3-run lead.

In the fifth, though, the wheels fell off. Greg Zaun led off the frame with a double. Alexis Rios singled him to third and then moved to second on the throw by Dye. A ground out by Aaron Hill gave the Sox their first out of the frame, but scored Zaun. Russ Adams then singled home Rios and suddenly the Sox’s commanding three-run lead was a very shaky 1-run margin. Another single, a double, throwing error, and single later and the Blue Jays had tacked three more runs on the board and had a 7-5 lead. It would have been worse, too, had Lyle Overbay not been gunned down at the plate to end the inning.

The Sox blew a golden chance to tie the game and possibly retake the lead in the 5th. Joe Crede and Alex Cintron lead off the inning with back-to-back singles and were both bunted into scoring position by Chris Widger, but neither Brian Anderson nor Pablo Ozuna could move the runners, striking out and grounding out to end the inning. The Jays, meanwhile, piled on to their lead in the 7th. Facing Cliff Politte and with an out in the inning, Vernon Wells hit a 2-run homer to extend the lead to 4. After a Troy Glaus strikeout, Lyle Overbay took Politte deep and it was 10-7. Shea Hillenbrand singled and came around to score on a double by Zaun. The bullpen continued to give up big flies later, as well. Neal Cotts served up a 2-run meatball to Troy Glaus in the 9th and it was 13-5 Toronto. Jermaine Dye gave the diehards still in attendance something to cheer about in the ninth when he hit a 2-run homer, but it was far too little far too late. Alex Cintron, Chris Widger, and Brian Anderson all meekly grounded or flew out to put an end to any wild comeback delusions that may have still existed.

Though the offense looked sporadically good, the pitching again was atrocious for the Sox. After starting good, Javier Vazquez fell apart, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings. Boone Logan did have a solid one out of work, before Politte and Cotts doused gas on the already hot Blue Jay offense, combining for 2.2 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, and three dingers. All in all, 13 earned runs on 18 hits, but only one walk, so there’s something to tip your cap to.

Mark Buehrle goes for the South Siders tomorrow afternoon as the same two teams hook up again. A.J. Burnett will make his 2006 and American League debut in the contest, as the White Sox look to rebound after tonight’s laugher.

Ozzieball Update:
Good grinderball in the 5th. Widger bunting Crede and Cintron over, alas, neither Anderson nor Ozuna could make anything happen.

submitted by doublem23.

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