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Oakland belongs in jail

April 14 vs. Oakland Athletics

"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:
KW and the Sox take the hose

Short Take:  Sox can't get it done, okay?

The Sox face off for the first time against Oakland pitcher Greg Smith, a soft throwing lefty. Surprise, surprise, the Sox hitters have problems. Why is it that when the team faces these kinds of pitchers, they make him look like Cy Young? Sox batters showed little patience and poor baserunning. Only a handful of at-bats went over four pitches and Sox baserunners were picked off twice. For Buehrle, it was an up-and-down affair. He would get into jams, get out of them and then get right back into them.

The scoring started in the 4th when Buehrle gave up consecutive singles to Sweeney and Brown with no outs. Crosby popped out but Sweeney scored on the next at bat on a Suzuki single. Of course, Buehrle is able to induce Denorfia into a double play on a 3-1 count but not until the run scores. The top of the 6th saw history repeating itself as Sweeney led off with a double and then Brown drove him in with a single to give Oakland a 2-0 lead. Crosby follows with a double play grounder of his own but again, the run had already scored. Buehrle seemed to have ended the threat but on the next batter he gives up another double! Denorfia is called out on strikes to end the threat for good. Buehrle would exit after the 7th having given up 2 runs on 9 hits with 1 BB and 4 K.

The Sox finally got on the board in the 6th on a Thome RBI ground out. Swisher singled to get on base and hustled into third on a Cabrera single. It was a close play but taking that extra base allowed him to score on the Thome groundout. Konerko flied out to end the inning. Poor baserunning contributed to the lack of runs. Swisher was picked off first in the 3rd and Dye likewise in the 7th. For a team with a grand total of one stolen base on the season, what is the point of even leading off?

Dotel relieved Buehrle and pitched an inning of scoreless ball. He walked the first batter but retired the next three in a row. His ERA drops nearly two full runs as he continues to recover from that disastrous first game. Smith was also done after 7 and the Sox were looking forward to the bullpen. Casilla relieved Smith and allowed a two out single to Cabrera. In a brilliant managerial move, Casilla was replaced in favor of Embree to face Thome. Embree threw four straight sliders and just like that, Thome went down swinging. In the 9th, Ozzie's mind appeared to have left as body as MacDougal replaced Dotel. In classic Mac fashion he gave up a single to Suzuki and a walk to Denorfia before being yanked. Boone Logan shows him how it is done as he gets Hannahan and Buck swinging and gets Ellis to pop out to Konerko. Logan saves MacDougal's ERA and keeps the Sox in it.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the 9th. Konerko flailed around to lead off and went down swinging. Dye followed with a single and the mighty Brian Anderson was summoned for pinch running duties. A Houston Street wild pitch and just like that, the Sox had a runner in scoring position with one out. Pierzynski is hit by a pitch so now it is first and second with one out. Was there some magic in the deck tonight? Hell no. Quentin goes for a diamond flush but draws a heart with a foul tip K. Crede tries for the royal flush but draws a crappy 3. Sox lose, 2-1. Buehrle with the loss, Smith with the win and Street with the save. Swisher, Cabrera, Dye and Pierzynski are the only Sox players with hits, two apiece.

WSI's Quest For the Final Table Update:  The hand was lost as soon as a soft leftie took the mound. Maybe these guys should bring Derringers to the table...

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