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Lollygagging to a loss

June 7, vs. Detroit

How was the trophy defended today?
Not at all.  Defense looks lax, offense takes a night off, and Garland's struggles continue.  Tomorrow's another day!

Short Take:  Detroit avoids sweep as Sox press "snooze" button en route to a 6-2 loss.

In a 162-game marathon, there will sometimes be games you're just not meant to win.  For the 2006 White Sox, Thursday's loss to Detroit will probably get filed away in that category.  That doesn't mean you can't be upset with the result.  Though Kenny Rogers was damn near unhittable after the first inning, the Sox got caught with their pants down in the field a few times, as the Tigers out-pitched, out-played, and out-hustled the defending World Champs to avoid a 2nd sweep in a 6-2 Detroit win.

Things started well, however, for the Pale Hose.  After Jon Garland worked a relatively painless first inning, Rogers matched his counterpart with 2 quick outs.  Jim Thome singled to keep the inning alive, and Paul Konerko took advantage of the situation, driving a tailing fastball over the right field wall to give the Sox an early 2-0 lead.  The game really could have turned into a laugher early, as Jermaine Dye followed Konerko's homer with a single.  That was followed by a double by A.J. Pierzynski, but the inning ended when Dye was gunned down at the plate after third base coach Joey Cora sent the less than fleet of foot corner outfielder.  Still, the Sox had managed 4 hits and a pair of runs off Rogers, and after Garland set down the Tigers in order in the 2nd, it seemed as if the Sox were poised to sweep and reclaim their division lead.

In the 2nd, Joe Crede lead off with a single.  Following a strike out by Rob Mackowiak, Alex Cintron singled, to complete the team's first rotation through the line-up.  The totals thereof, 6 hits and two runs.  Little did anyone know, Cintron's single would be the last baserunner Rogers would allow on the night, as he settled down in a big way.  Between Rogers and reliever, Fernandeo Rodney, the White Sox would not even sniff at first base their next two series through the order.  The next baserunner on the night for the Pale Hose came with an out in the 7th inning, when Scott Podsednik drew a walk from Rodney (just to be fair, Tadahito Iguchi and Jim Thome were meakly retired to end the inning).

Still, the Sox had a 2-0 lead, and Garland had retired 6 of the first 7 Tigers he faced.  He extended that streak into the third inning, but in the inning, Garland allowed a 2-run homer to Placido Polanco to tie the game at 2 a-piece.  The game really unraveled, however, for the Sox in the 6th inning.  A 1-out single by Ivan Rodriguez started the disaster, but you wouldn't know it.  Following Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez had a routine fly out to center field that Rob Mackowiak fielded without instance.  The play was so routine, however, the Mackowiak just went through the motions, allowing the alert Rodriguez to tag into scoring position.  Still, there were two outs.  Words of death, apparently, as the Tigers went on to score 4 runs.  The first came on a bloop single by Carlos Guillen that couldn't have travled more tha 200 feet in the air.  The ball, however, found real etstate between the infield and Mackowiack, who threw home in attempt to get Rodriguez, thus allowing Guillen to advance to 2nd.  The next batter, Omar Infante, rolled a soft grounder to Juan Uribe at short (who was playing for in place of Crede, who left the game with back spasms).  Uribe made a nice play on the ground ball, but could not beat Infante at first.  Meanwhile, Carlos Guillen raced around third and caught Paul Konerko trying to sell the out to the first base ump, and beat his throw home.  A couple of defensive miscues, mental lapses, and some heads up baserunning turned what looked to be another easy inning for Garland into a nightmare.  Marcus Thames then homered off Garland and the Tigers, in a blink of an eye were up 6-2.

The home run continues to be Jon's Achille's heel.  The pair he allowed tonight were numbers 18 and 19 respectively on the year, making him the American League leader in dinger's allowed.  Still, though his line may be less than great (7 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), how much of this can you really set on his shoulders?  Rodriguez tagging from first on a fly ball to center field?  Infante's ground ball (that would have ended the inning at 3-2) rolling JUST slow enough on the infield grass so that even Juan Uribe's cannon arm couldn't beat him at first?  Carlos Guillen scoring from second on an infield hit?  This is not usual baseball.  It's not like the Tigers were ripping screaming line drives off Garland all night.  While the two home runs is worrisome, if anything, this is more proof of why Ozzie just needs to stick it out with Brian Anderson.  Now, I'm not saying the Tigers wouldn't have scored, or Rodriguez wouldn't have tagged, with Brian in the game, but at least his defensive is an obvious upgrade over Mackowiak, whose offense didn't blow anyone away today, as he went 0-3 with a pair of punchouts.

Anyways, the Tigers salvage one game in the series and are now 1-5 against the Sox in '06.  The White Sox are back to a 1 1/2 game deficit in the division and will be back to work again tomorrow night against the division, as the Cleveland Indians pay a visit to the South Side for a weekend 3-game series.  Javier Vazquez goes to work for the defending champs looking for his 8th win of the season, while the sub-.500 Tribe will send Cliff Lee to the bump.  Game time is 7:35 PM and the game will be broadcast over WCIU.

Ozzieball Update: 
Detroit put on an Ozzieball clinic tonight, with head's up baserunning and taking advantage of some mental mistakes by the Sox.  Wait, this is a White Sox website?  Aw, crap.  Well, we sucked.

submitted by doublem23.

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