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Feels Like 1986 Again

September 9th Day/Night Double-Header vs. 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:
Ash Tray
If the Sox have more days like today, their season will end in smoke.

Short Take:Our Sox were swept by the Jays in a day/night double-dip, decreasing their divisional lead to one game.

***In honor of Chicago Blackhawks Night, I will add a little hockey spin to tonight's game report.***

It was the year 1986. Denis Savard, Al Secord, Troy Murray, and the Blackhawks were set to take on the hated Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. The division-leading Blackhawks found a way to turtle during the entire Campbell Conference Semifinals, being swept in the process by an inferior Maple Leaf team, leaving Blackhawk fans scratching their heads (everyone thought we were set to have a Hawks/Oilers conference finals, but that's for another day). Zoom ahead 22 years, and we Sox fans are now scratching our heads wondering why the Palehose were swept in a day/night double-header by a lesser team from the same city as those hated Leafs--the Blue Jays. Ok, so this time, these games weren't quite played in the playoffs; but, with our playoff hopes still unsettled, these games are pretty much equally important, and they have no room for turtling.

During the opener, there were only a few positives to note. Javier Vazquez pitched a decent game, as did Ehren Wasserman and Matt Thornton. The only run for our Sox came in the 6th, as Jim Thome knocked in AJ Pierzynski. Unfortunately, the Jays scored a pair in the 6th, as well as an insurance run in the 9th. The unfortunate part regarding the Jays' runs: Each of them was scored after two outs were recorded with nobody on base. Failure to close the deal in those two frames really hurt them in the long run, as our offense obviously wasn't wanting to do much, even missing countless bunts to advance runners when they did get some guys on. Those of you who missed this game due to work or whatever else truly didn't miss anything. Our Sox lost 3-1.

On to the nightcap, which happened to be the greatest promotion the Sox have ever put on: Blackhawks night! Hawk, DJ, and hundreds of fans were "Committing to the Indian" by dressing in Hawks sweaters. The first 500 Blackhawk season ticket holders to buy tickets to this event participated on a parade around the warning track. About a dozen Blackhawk players brought up the rear. Some notables: James Wisniewski, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brian Campbell, Adam Burish, and Dustin Byfuglien. Eddie "Stop it right here!" Olczyk (who was also on that '85-'86 Blackhawks team) and Troy Murray were there too.

For an opening "pitch," Sharp decided to be original and shoot the ball to Mark Buehrle using a hockey stick! Sharp's "pitch" looked far better than anything thrown by Clayton Richard tonight, by the way. Perhaps Sharpie can sign a 4-month contract with the Sox as their 5th starter after they finish their Stanley Cup Championship next June. Richard was just awful, and I wanted to pull an Al Secord on him after he was yanked. The Jays lineup simply wasn't fooled by anything he was throwing, giving up 5 runs in 4 charged innings of work. In the 1st, Richard gave up a solo shot to Marco Scutaro. Jermaine Dye hit a 2-RBI double in the 4th, bringing home both Orlando Cabrera and Dewayne Wise, and giving the Sox a very short-lived lead, before the conclusion of the Richard Game Demolition Show.

In the 5th, Richard gave up 4 runs without recording an out, including another longball, this time to Scott Rolen. The Jays tacked on solo runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th, bringing the final score to 8-2. Not only did our Sox lose the game; but, they lost Paul Konerko in the process. Hopefully he doesn't have the same injury that Wisniewski is currently dealing with, or he might miss more than the rest of this season. Check out the message boards here at WhiteSoxInteractive for updates on his injury.

This whole game was just ugly, even uglier than the Hawks/Predators game I attended in January 2007. C'mon, Sox! Get your acts together and look like you want to win this division! It is yours for the taking, yet you've displayed no "killer instinct!" As a result, you have only a 1 game lead with 18 to go. SHOW THE SWAGGER!!! I predict there will be a bunch of fans in Chicago gnawing their fingernails down to the quick during these next couple of weeks. The rollercoaster ride continues tomorrow night. Same time, same place, different channel (WCIU).

Quest For the Final Table Update:
Kenny Williams will be doing some buffet table flipping if this team has more games like these two.

submitted by chisoxfanatic.

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Game 1: Jim Thome; Game 2: Jermaine Dye

Big Jim drove in the only run in Game 1, while JD knocked in the only runs in Game 2.

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