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June 7, vs. New York

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Poisoned dog food found at the bottom of a landfill
Sorry to be so nice, it's my nature.

Short Take: Jose Contreras pitches well but guess what? Sox offense mostly nonexistant and bullpen shockingly god awful.

Well... What can you say, Sox fans? What can you say? Jose Contreras did his job. When he left the game, with an out in the 8th, the mighty Yankees offense had only scored a lone run against him, this with Alex Cintron, Tadahito Iguchi, and Juan Uribe committing errors behind him. Yet, the White Sox offense continued its season-long slumber, managing a robust 4 hits off a guy who entered the game with a .318 BAA. I don't care if it is Mike Mussina, the White Sox starting lineup, that tonight featured 3 players who started the season in AAA once again... sucked. And just when things couldn't get any worse, enter the bullpen stage left. 1.2 innings of work and 7 runs allowed later and a pitching duel turned into a 10-3 laugher. At the outset of tonight's telecast, Hawk Harrelson asked if "tonight was the night." Hopefully tonight is the night... for the Sox to have hit rock bottom, but Sox fans be advised not to hold your breath.

As stated, tonight's game started as a pitcher's duel. Jose Contreras didn't allow a hit through the first three innings, and pitched over a pair of erros by Cintron and Iguchi to keep the Sox rolling along. The Yankees plated the first run of the game when Bobby Abreu lead off the 4th with a single to left to break-up the no-hit bid. A single by Alex Rodriguez moved Abreu into third after a close play at the bag, and he came home to score when Hideki Matsui grounded into a fielder's choice. Contreras kept his cool and retired Robinson Cano and fanned Josh Phelps to minimize the damage.

The Sox, however, couldn't crack "The Moose" until the 7th. Not that there weren't chances, mind you. In the 4th, Jim Thome doubled off the left field wall and looked to spur a Sox rally. Paul Konerko, however struck out while chasing a pitch in the dirt and A.J. Pierzynski flied out to left field. The Sox finally answered the Yankees' lone run thanks to a spark by Thome. He weakly grounded a ball to the right side, but call it luck or lack of concentration (probably both), but neither Cano or Miguel Cairo (shortstop on the right side of the infield thanks to the Thome shift) could come up with the ball and and the big designated hitter reached on an infield single. I hope everyone went out and bought their lottery ticket immediately thereafter. Though you would have missed Paul Konerko's double at the base of the left field wall and Pierzynski's RBI single that fell just in front of Abreu in right, you wouldn't miss anything else. With Mussina chased and the overworked and undertalented Yankees bullpen called on to close the deal and a pair of runners with no outs the Sox... didn't score again. Josh Fields struck out swinging after failing to put a bunt down, Rob Mackowiak hit a fly ball about 395 feet, unfortunately it was to a part of the park that features a 400-foot wall, and Alex Cintron grounded out to squash the rally.

Give Ozzie credit, he gave Jose every opprotunity to stay in and keep the bullpen from dousing gas on his game. Even after he walked the pinch hitting Derek Jeter to lead off the 8th, Ozzie stayed with Jose. Even after Jose tossed a splitter into the dirt that put the go-ahead run at 2nd, Ozzie stuck with Jose. But when Melky Cabrera reached on an infield single to short putting runnes at the corners, the skipper elected to call on Matt Thornton. Well, I think we know where this goes. It took Thornton only a handful of pitches to groove an eventual 2-run double to Bobby Abreu and put the Bronx Bombers up 3-1. An intentional walk to A-Rod and a legitimate walk to Hideki Matsui loaded the bases for Robinson Cano, who plated the 4th run for New York on a fielder's choice.

Give them credit, the Sox fought back. With an out, Jerry Owens reached on what was ruled a single and moved to 2nd on a throwing error by Kyle Farnsworth. Tadahito Iguchi picked up the RBI with a ground rule double into the Bullpen Sports Bar. Jim Thome grounded out to the right side of the infield, moving Iguchi to third, who scored when Paul Konerko's ground ball was too hot for Jeter to handle at short. The play was officially ruled an infield single, perhaps setting a new MLB record for the slowest pair of teammates to reach base on infield singles in the same game. A.J. Pierzynski however struck out swinging to end the inning and then let his emotions and frustration get the best of him, getting tossed after giving home plate umpire Bob Davidson a dissatisfied job review.

It's OK. Pierzynski was saved the embarrassment of being on the field as the Sox bullpen gave up 6 more runs in a complete travesty of an inning. Brett Prinz, Boone Logan, and Ryan Bukvich all could only record one out and the trio gave up a combined 6 runs, 4 of them coming on an A-Rod grand slam off Bukvich. Nothing else really needs to be said; it would drive even the most innocent to substance abuse.

Well, the White Sox crap-fest resumes tomorrow against the Houston Astros in a rematch of the 2005 World Series that seems like such a distant memory for both franchises. The Sox enter the game at 26-30, 9 games behind the pace-setting Indians. And, somehow, we're in the enviable position! Houston enters 11 games under .500 ant 24-35 (though they are 8 1/2 games behind Milwaukee). John Danks totes the hill for the Sox against Chris Sampson. All masochists interested in tuning in can do so at 7:11 PM on WCIU Channel 26.

Back to the Grind Update:
Hey, the Sox did a nice job manufacturing runs, except they came up 6 short. Oh, if you guys want to, you know, field the ball... That would be great, too.

submitted by doublem23.

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