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That was Frustrating

August 7, 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:
Pocket 2's
I know, you keep thinking "this hand will finally pay off!" but it never does. 

Short Take: Sox blow numerous chances to sweep Detroit and watch division lead drop to half game over idle Minnesota.

With a chance to step on the Tigers' throats and sweep them out of Chicago, the White Sox came up small in every just about every way.  Unclutch pitching?  Check.  Poor situational hitting?  Check.  Baserunning gaffes?  Check.  It seems the only thing that went our way tonight was the Twins sat idle, not allowing them to pick up the other half game in the standings, keeping the Sox alone atop the division standings for at least one more night, as the Sox drop the series finale to Detroit, 8-3

It's not that Javier Vazquez was bad.  He struck out 8 batters over 7 innings, but he allowed 8 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs in those 7 frames and continued his baffling juxtaposition of his electric stuff and his dumbfounding mistakes  In the 2nd inning, he allowed a 2-run homer to Miguel Cabrera and in the 5th, he allowed 2 more runs on a double, triple, and single.  Of course, allowing runs to an offense as potent as Detroit's is no crime, but while Vazquez struggled to keep the Sox in the game, the offense was again being baffled by Zach Miner.

Miner allowed only 1 hit the first time through the batting order, but in the 4th, still only trailing by 2, the Sox loaded the bases thanks to another Carlos Quentin plunking, Jim Thome, and Paul Konerko singles, but the threat stopped there, as both Ken Griffey, Jr. and Alexei Ramirez struck out to throw another goose egg on the tail of the tape.  The very next inning, back-to-back doubles by Nick Swisher and Juan Uribe finally put the Sox on the board, but again, a potentially big inning came to a screeching halt.  Hey, at least Orlando Cabrera was able to move Uribe to 3rd, but the Sox whiffed on two chances to bring him home.

Vazquez allowed a solo home run to Curtis Granderson in the 7th and after he struck out Matt Joyce with runners at the corners to end the inning, his night was done.  While Javier watched his ERA bloat to nearly 4.75, he again displayed his frustrating combination of effective and terrible.  Adam Russell pitched a perfect 8th inning and looked to sneak and steal another win and the Sox almost delivered.  Facing Bobby Seay, Carlos Quentin hit his 30th homer of the year, to again cut the Detroit lead to 2.  A walk to Jim Thome set up the decisive play of the game, as Paul Konerko doubled to left field, but the rely from Ryan Raburn to Ramon Santiago to Brandon Inge was perfect and Thome was gunned down at the plate.  Seay continued to try and try and melt down, hitting Junior 3 pitches later.  Had Jeff Cox not sent Thome, the Sox are looking at the bases loaded with one out, and statistically how many of those can they blow per night?  Instead, runners at the corners with 2 outs, and the inning ended when Alexei Ramirez lined out.

Ehren Wassermann capped off a terrible night with a terrible ninth inning, allowing 2 inherited runners to score and another run all his own to ensure no one bothered staying around hoping for Tuesday-esque heroics.  As stated, the Twins did not play tonight, so the Sox's 63-50 record is still good enough for a half-game lead in the division.  This weekend, the White Sox host the Boston Red Sox in a 4-game Battle of the Soxes.  Mark Buehrle takes the hill tomorrow against Jon Lester at 7:11 PM.  The game will be on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update: 
Another subpar performance by Javier Vazquez and here's more cause for concern; over his career August is one of 2 months that he has a losing record.


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