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Big Game, Little Effort

September 18, at New York

"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:
What do you want me to say?

Short Take: I wouldn't read this, unless you're a masochist.

Though I'd like to tear into the Sox after tonight's humiliating 9-2 loss to the Yankees, it seems pointless and unnecessary.  It's not as if my venom will wake this team from it's September slumber; all it would do would cause me to further pull my hair out and hasten my impending nervous breakdown.  So, here's all you need to know.
  1. Yes, I know he was pitching on three days' rest, but no surprise, when Ozzie handed Javy Vazquez the ball in a big game, he crapped his pants.  He couldn't even make it through the fourth inning, but even more troublesome, pretty much threw this game away by nibbling and walking guys ahead of the Yankees' big bats.  Look, this isn't the same set of Bronx Bombers the Pinstripes threw out there in the early and mid '00's; the Yankees started guys like Brett Gardner and Juan Miranda.  And yet, Javy labored and struggled until it was finally too much to watch.
  2. That said, you ain't winning many games when your offense scores 2 runs.  Much like last night, the Sox failed to execute with runners on.  Orlando Cabrera doubled to lead the game off and moved to third on a single by A.J. Pierzynski.  A 1-out walk to Jim Thome brought Paul Konerko to the plate with the bases loaded, and Konerko nearly grounded into a double play, but just beat out the throw thanks to Derek Jeter's noodle-arm.  Still, with runners at 1st and 3rd, and you barely score 1 run?  The Sox, meanwhile, would only put 2 runners in scoring position again all night; Brian Anderson lead off the 7th with a double and the Sox couldn't move him over, and Jason Bourgeois doubled in the ninth.  Konerko added the extra run in the ninth with a meaningless home run.
  3. If you need one good thing to take from this game, then at least appreciate the effort by Octavio Dotel, who struck out the side in the 8th and failed to serve up a homer.
That's all I got.  Minnesota scored 5 runs in the 9th inning in Tampa Bay to come back and beat the Rays, 11-8, so the Twins creep back to 1 1/2 games behind the Sox in the Central.  Meanwhile, the White Sox can kiss Yankee Stadium good-bye, but now they get the Kansas City Royals, winners of 7 in a row and 8 of their last 9, who also clobbered Seattle today, 12-0.  Mark Buehrle will get the nod on only 3-days rest against Brian Bannister.

Quest For the Final Table Update: 
Apparently the Sox can't rely on the Twins to just lose out, too, and will need to find a way to win one of these games eventually.

submitted by doublem23.

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2 RBI accounted for 100% of the Sox's runs tonight.  Along with OC, was the only player to not play like total ****ing garbage.

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