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A Tale of Two Games

April 17, at Baltimore

"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:
Just a bad beat
Sox seemed to have their 10th win of the season wrapped up, but sometimes the cards or baseballs don't fall your way.  Dust off and come back swinging tomorrow.

Short Take:  Another strong outing by Gavin Floyd is spoiled by shaky defense and bullpen meltdown.

It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.  Coming off two strong starts to open the season, Gavin Floyd returned to his hometown of Baltimore and pitched a gem; retiring the first 12 Orioles he faced, and finishing the night with another 6 strong innings of work, allowing only a pair of hits and unearned runs.  However (this will seem familiar), when given the task of closing a game out, the Sox bullpen snatched defeat from the claws of victory, allowing 4 runs to score as the Orioles rallied for a 6-5, 10 inning win in Charm City.

The good.  Well, there's the aforementioned Floyd, who simply mowed down the Orioles, with his much heralded hook and a fastball that was touching the mid-90's on the Camden Park radar, was simply brilliant again.  He set the Orioles up and down through the first four frames, finally surrendering a hit to Kevin Millar on a ball that hit off Joe Crede's glove... A hit that likely would have been ruled an error in Chicago, if only to keep the no-no alive.  Floyd, however, started to unravel further, walking Luke Scott and plunking Adam Jones square in the back, but he was still able to throw another goose egg on the scoreboard.

The White Sox offense, meanwhile, supplied run support early.  In the second inning, a Jermaine Dye lead off double turned into a run on an RBI single by Crede, and Carlos Quentin, who reached base via the hit by pitch, scored the second run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher.  With Floyd in total control, the 2-run cushion seemed more like 20, and it would have been excusable for even the most cynical Sox fan to have relaxed a bit and look forward to this weekend's series in Tampa.

Things started to unwind, however, in the 6th.  Luis Hernandez reached on an error by Paul Konerko, and although Floyd was able to retire the O's 1-2 hitters, Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora, the extra out came back to haunt the Pale Hose as Nick Markakis deposited a 2-run bomb over the giant scoreboard in right field and suddenly, it was a game again.  The Sox looked to immediately retake command in the 7th, when Carlos Quentin and Joe Crede led off the inning with back-to-back home runs, and Quentin again homered in the 8th to put the Sox up 5-2, but the Sox found new and exciting ways to screw things up.  After Scott Linebrink looked to retire the 8th harmlessly, Millar reached first on a drop third strike and throwing error by A.J. Pierzynski.  Millar would score when Luke Scott doubled him home to cut the lead to 2.  In the 9th, Bobby Jenks couldn't hold the lead, as the Orioles found holes and hit perfect bloopers to unguarded patched of the field.  A single by Guillermo Quiroz to Crede deep in the hole, a double by Brian Roberts, and a single by Mora that found its way through the infield plated the necessary 2 runs and again the O's had clawed back to a tie.

In the 10th, the Sox's 3-4-5-6 hitters could only muster a 2-out walk, and in the bottom half of the frame, Boone Logan walked both Millar and Luke Scott before giving up a 1-out single to Jones to seal the deal.

For the Sox, they'll have all but a day to think about Thursday's letdown as they open a three-game series in Tampa Bay against the new look and renamed Rays.  Javier Vazquez will be on the bump for the Pale Hose, facing off against Jeff Niemann.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 Central time and the game will air locally on Comcast Sports Net.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 The Sox looked to have played a winning hand, but Lady Luck wasn't on their side.

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