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Worst.  Loss.  Ever.

September 25, at Minnesota

"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:
Slop, crap, whatever you want to call it, it stunk
Gavin pitches OK, and the Sox take advantage of rare Twins mistakes, but completely fail to produce anything of their own. 

Short Take: At one point, the Sox lead this game 6-1.  Minnesota scores 6 unanswered runs to sweep away Sox and drive a dagger into the '08 Play-off Push.

For one brief inning, it was golden.  Carlos Gomez and Denard Span were running into each other.  Brian Buscher was messing up the transfer to his hand.  Kevin Slowey was taking line drives to the wrist and throwing the ball into right field.  The Sox were winning... Winning 6-1!  Everything that had gone wrong, the Sox were catching the breaks... Lose line drives that were getting caught were falling.  And then, it slowly and painfully went downhill.  Gavin Floyd battled, but without his A+ stuff, the Twins slowly snuck back in the game, and after they tied the game at 6 in the 8th, the Twins drove a knife in their, and our hearts, with a 7-6 win in 10 innings.

Orlando Cabrera, seemingly the only guy on this team hitting, started the rally in the 4th with a solo homer to left field.  That would be the first Sox hit of the game, and they poured it on.  Jim Thome doubled when his deep fly ball to right field was dropped when Span and Gomez collided at the base of the baggy.   Alexei Ramirez grounded into what should have been an inning-ending ground out to third, but Buscher couldn't get the ball from his mitt to his hand, and everyone was safe.  The big bullet, however, was Juan Uribe's line drive that drilled Slowey in the arm and was then thrown into right field.  3 runs.  6 in the inning.  6-1 Sox.  The sweep had been avoided, right?  Right.

I'm in no mood to go over it much.  The Twins came back with 2 runs in the 4th on an RBI triple by Gomez and double by Span.  They scored another in the 6th on a sacrifice bunt by Span.  Meanwhile the White Sox were doing plenty of opportunity wasting.  In the 5th, with Jermaine Dye at third and Jim Thome at second, Ken Griffey, Jr. struck out.  Nice.  In the 7th, with Cabrera at third and Thome at first, Paul Konerko could only hit a soft ground out to short.  Blegh... It gets painful from there, lest be said, the Sox offense went completely dead.  The team, while not quite flatlining yet, is on the verge of a pretty pathetic collapse.  After the Twins scored a pair in the 8th, Bobby Jenks pitched into the 11th, but finally surrendered the win on a bloop single to center (pretty much the worst possible way to lose) by Alexi Casilla that scored Nick Punto (pretty much the worst possible person to score the game winner) with 2 outs.

As for the Sox, while down 1/2 game to the Twins now, they still control their destiny.  Yes, I know, I'm reaching for straws, but that's all I got right now.... Well, that and heartbreak.  The Sox head home for their final homestand, which includes a 3-game series with the slumping Cleveland Indians, potentially a make-up game with the Tigers on Monday, and, if we're lucky, a 1-game play-off with the Twins on Tuesday.  John Danks takes the hill tomorrow night against Scott Lewis.  Gametime is 7:11 PM Chicago time and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.


Quest For the Final Table Update: 
A crushing blow to Ozzie and the gang's quest.  They find themselves in 2nd place for the first time since August 23 (if it makes you feel better, the last time the Sox fell a game behind the Twins, they recaptured the lead 3 days later!  Sorry, I need something to keep me going).

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