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Sox Bats Go Into Hibernation

May 2 at Toronto

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

KW's Hand
Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight
For #56 with 7 K's and 8 IP.

Short Take:   Marcum charges past Sonnanstine, Burres & Greg Smith in Cy Young race.

Skydome was more like a funeral home for Sox bats on Friday night. Toronto starter Shaun Marcum struck out nine Sox batters over 6.2 innings to hand the Sox their third loss in a row. The White Sox offense was completely shut down by Toronto pitching, only mustering up two base hits in the game, both by Orlando Cabrera.

Mark Buehrle was brilliant for the Good Guys, pitching eight complete innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Buehrle's only mistake was in the first inning, as he gave up a 2-out, 2-RBI hit to Shannon Stewart, and that's all the Blue Jays would need for the rest of the night.

The bigger story is that both runs were unearned. Earlier, with two out, Scott Rolen reached base after Joe Crede made an inexcusable throwing error to first on an easy groundball. Maybe Crede was distracted by Scott Boras whispering in his ear; maybe he was distracted by Toronto's powder blue throwback jerseys; maybe he was distracted by the Blue Jay fan in the first row behind homeplate who was wearing an authentic umpire's shirt and would stand up to signal every strikeout. Nevertheless, Crede is out there for his glove, and unfortunately his error cost Buehrle the game tonight.

With Rolen on first, Vernon Wells hit a groundrule double to put men at second and third for Stewart. With first base open and Stewart batting .378 for his career vs Buehrle, Hawk suggested walking Stewart to get to lefty-hitting Overbay. Didn't happen (and rightfully so, as it is risky to start intentionally walking guys in the first inning. Quite frankly, if you can't get Shannon Stewart out, you don't deserve to win.) FWIW, after Stewart's hit, Buehrle struck out Overbay (who would go 0-for-3 with two strikeouts vs Buehrle for the night).

The Sox bats were ice cold for the rest of the night. Their biggest rally happened in the seventh inning when Carlos Quentin, Crede, and Brian Anderson drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Juan Uribe brought the rally to a screeching halt with a lazy can-of-corn to right field.

The Sox battle the Blue Jays tomorrow. Gametime is 12:07pm on CSN. Danks vs. Litsch. Let's get some wins.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
  Sox still in first-place...until they run into the next unhittable fourth starter they face.

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