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Wow, Today Sucked

May 21, vs. Minnesota


KW's Daily Special:
Swift Punch to the Gut
No food today, folks, we were about to sink our budget into getting a new chef from San Diego.  Instead, come on in and we'll have someone punch you right in the stomach.  Can't beat that value!

Short Take: Sox get pounded by Twins and then get cold shoulder from Jake Peavy.  Yeah, today could have gone better.

The rumors started as early as last night, could the White Sox have been on the verge of acquiring San Diego's ace, Jake Peavy?  No, that was ridiculous.  And yet, by midday as the Sox and Twins took the field for the finale of their 3-game series, the deal was in place.  Peavy to the White Sox, pending his approval.  Even ESPN talking head Peter Gammons confirmed he believed it would go through.  Perhaps you can forgive the Sox for being a bit distracted, but this was ridiculous.  With a chance to sweep away the Twins, the wheels fell off the Sox bandwagon quickly.  20-1?  Yikes.

The easy culprit would be Bartolo Colon, who started and didn't last more than 2 innings, allowing 8 runs, 7 hits, and a pair of home runs (one to Joe Crede... Ouch), but the floodgates opened in the 2nd only after Wilson Betemit, starting for the apparently benched Josh Fields, fielded a ground ball off a bunt and tossed his throw to first of Nick Punto's helmet.  Normally, I would find this hilarious, but the Twins used the extra out, scoring 7 runs in the 2nd inning (all of them unearned) punctuated by back-to-back homers by Michael Cuddyer and Crede, chasing Colon from the game.  Yeah, that Jake Peavy guy would be handy, right?

There were some more lowlights of this game I'd rather not relive, such as Lance Broadway's subpar outing, allowing 6 runs (5 earned), and 7 hits in 3.1 IP or Jimmy Gobble serving up a grand slam to Joe Mauer in the 6th inning, or Matt Tolbert hitting his first home run of his career in the 7th, just over the glove of Scott Podsednik in left field, to put up the 20th run of the game for the Twins.

Speaking of Podsednik, could he have had a worse day on the base paths?  After leading off the game with a single for the Sox in the 1st inning, he was promptly picked off by Nick Blackburn.  Later, in the third, after drawing a walk to load the bases, he was doubled off first when Alexei Ramirez lined out hard to Crede at 3rd.  Shocking, I know, but the Sox somehow found a way to waste a bases loaded, no out situation.  Trailing 9-0 at that point, it seemed like the game was just about over from there.

And, oh yes, for the final kick to the gut, hours after this abomination mercifully ended, Jake Peavy informed the world that he'd prefer to stay with the Padres.  So yeah, today went from real good to real bad.  Real fast.

Despite the embarrassing outcome today, the Sox still took the series from the Twins which is welcome relief considering that terrible road trip that still lingers in the memory.  With the Twins heading out, the Sox will welcome Pittsburgh's Less than Finest to the Cell for a 3-game weekend set.  First pitch tomorrow night is schedule for 7:11 PM Chicago time as Zach Duke takes the bump for the Bucs against Gavin Floyd.  The game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  ****ty.


submitted by doublem23

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Kenny Williams

I know it was supposed to be Peavy, but **** him.  Gotta applaud KW for having the balls to put this deal together though.  Hopefully there's more to come.  Keep the faith, folks, that's about all we have left right now.

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