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Defense Disappoints Danks

May 3 at Toronto Blue Jays

"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 Jokers
Poor defense and an anemic offense can't really be what we have to sit through for a second consecutive season, can it?!

Short Take:   Some shoddy defense, a lack of timely hitting, and a high pitch count for Danks add up to the Sox's fourth loss in as many games on this roadtrip.

Last night's effort by the White Sox was very 2007-esque with a costly error and two measley hits, so it was everyone's hope that the team would come out today and be able to not only hold on to the ball, but hit it, as well. As it turned out, Crede committed another costly error, the offense took another day off, and the starting pitching didn't even make it through five innings. Consequently, the Sox dropped the fourth game of this six game roadtrip 5-2, which is showing eerie parallels to the Minnesota and Toronto roadtrip of last May.

John Danks had a shaky, 25-pitch first inning, as Toronto wasted no time in getting to him. David Eckstein hit a one out double to left and with two out, Vernon Wells drove him home, with his base hit to right, putting the Jays up 1-0. In the bottom of the third, Marco Scutaro took Danks deep and made it a 2-0 ballgame.

Danks lasted a mere 4 2/3 innings, due to a pitch count of 107, and was relieved by Ehren Wassermann, who held Toronto scoreless. Octavio Dotel relieved Wassermann in the bottom of the sixth, and that's when the Sox's defense imploded, allowing Toronto to plate three unearned runs. With one out, Wassermann walked Rod Barajas and then hit Scutaro, putting runners at first and second. Alex Rios then followed with a single to right, loading the bases. After David Eckstein went down on strikes, it looked as though the Sox might escape the inning unscathed. Aaron Hill followed with a bouncer to third, which Crede mishandled, plating Barajas and making it a 3-0 game. With Scutaro on third and Hill on second, courtesy of Crede's gaffe, Wells singled to center, clearning the bases and giving the home team a 5-0 lead.

Whether you want to compare it to last night or most of last season, this game was like de ja vu with the mistakes in the field and lack of hitting. However, after Thome and Konerko went quietly in the top of the seventh on fly outs, Jermaine Dye broke an 0-for-15 slump, and a team scoreless streak of 15 2/3 innings, with a solo shot, putting the Sox on the board. One inning later, Carlos Quentin added a solo homerun of his own to the line score, but since no one else in the lineup decided to hit in the clutch, it wasn't enough and the Sox dropped to 14-14 on the year, losing 5-2.

Tomorrow looks to be just as difficult as the Sox made the last two games, as Jose Contreras (2-2) will duel against Tononto Ace, Roy Halladay (2-4). The first pitch is set for 12:05 CDT at the Rogers Centre and the game will be broadcast on WGN.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 When you've only been dealt a couple of Jokers, your hands are tied.

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