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Sox Bats Go Ice Cold

April 11 vs. Detroit

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
A Pair of Threes
Leyland had an Ace Up His Sleeve with his Pen

Short Take:   Dontrelle goes down, and then the Sox bats go silent.

The White Sox bats went silent tonight as the Tigers bullpen completely shut down the South Side offense. Detroit starter Dontrelle Willis actually only lasted for two batters in the first inning before being removed by leather-faced manager Jim Leyland due to an injured right knee. The bullpen combination of Aquilino Lopez, Jason Grilli, Denny Bautista and 59-year old Todd Jones pitched nine solid innings against the Good Guys for the rest of the night and received some help from umpire James Hoye’s questionably low strike zone.

The Sox scored in the bottom of the first as Paul Konerko drove in leadoff hitter Carlos Quentin with a sacrifice fly off Lopez. Quentin and Orlando Cabrera had drawn walks off Willis before he was removed, and Lopez was able to stop the early bleeding rather quickly. The only other run scored by the Pale Hose came in the bottom of the second, as Brian Anderson singled up the middle, moved to third on a duck snort by Toby Hall, and then scored on a solid base hit by Carlos Quentin.

The Tigers scored all the runs they would need in the third inning off Jose Contreras. Edgar Renteria reached base on a leadoff double and scored on an rbi-single by under-appreciated and overachieving Sox-killer Brandon Inge. Later in the inning, Magglio Ordonez drove in two more Tigers with a line drive single to center. After the third inning, Contreras settled down and actually pitched fairly effectively thru six and two-thirds, barely missing out on a quality start when he was charged with one more earned run in the seventh after Inge and rookie sensation Clete Thomas hit back-to-back doubles.

The Tigers stuck the dagger in the Sox in the 8th when Carlos Guillen singled, stayed out of a double-play by swiping a base off of Octavio Dotel and Toby Hall, and then scored on Miguel Cabrera’s single to center.

The Sox were frustrated with home plate umpire James Hoye’s strike zone all night. Jim Thome was ejected in the 5th inning after arguing a strikeout called on a pitch four inches above the dirt. The best scoring chance the Sox had all night may have been in that inning, as Jermaine Dye came up, after Thome’s ejection, with the bases loaded. Dye ran the count to 2-0 but ended up grounding out to shortstop.

Hopefully tonight’s effort, all too reminiscent of 2007 White Sox baseball, is the exception to the rule this year. The Sox take the field tomorrow at noon against the Tigers, and the game will be televised on Comcast Sports Net. With Swisher and Pierzynski back in the lineup, along with Tiger-tamer Gavin Floyd on the mound, the Sox should be back at full-strength. Let’s Go Sox.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 Home plate umpire James Hoye was using Marked Cards. Get'em tomorrow!

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