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Business as Usual at the ****Hole

July 27, at Minnesota

KW's Daily Special:
Killer Twinkies
They don't look dangerous but they find a way to choke the life out of you.

Short Take: Inept, homer or nothing offense?  Check.  Terrible Defense?  Check.  Twins get key hit late in game to take lead?  Check.  Sox robbed in 9th by good defense?  Check.  Sox lose?  Checkmate. 

The Sox did what they do best at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; finding ways to lose to the Twins.  Today's barforama centered around the Sox's complete inability to hit Glen Perkins, the sorriest starter in the Twins' already sorry collection of starting pitchers.  Perkins entered tonight's game literally fighting for his life as a starter, in his last three starts he pitched only 10.1 innings, while allowing 16 earned runs and allowing batters to hit over .400 against him in that span.  So what does he do?  Completely shut down the White Sox ice cold offense, of course!  A couple of boner errors in the 2nd prove costly as the Sox beat themselves, 4-3 in the opener of this 3-game set.

I know there will be people making excuses out there, but if the Sox fancy themselves a contender for the post-season, they might want to start winning these games.  They got off to a good start when Gordon Beckham launched a solo homer off Perkins in the 2nd to put the Sox up early 1-0.  However, the lead was not meant to be, as the Sox committed a pair of throwing errors in the 2nd inning that allowed two unearned runs to score off John Danks.  The pathetic display started with one out when Brendan Harris took 2nd following a passed ball on A.J. Pierzynski.  Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single and then broke up a would-be inning ending double play and forced Jayson Nix's throw into the visiting dugout; allowing the inning to continue and Nick Punto to reach 2nd.  He came around to score one batter later when Alexi Casilla dribbled a slow roller back to Danks, whose throw bounced to Paul Konerko at first, yet he was inexplicably charged with an error.  All in all, 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, and a tirade in the dugout by Ozzie Guillen than ended with most of the teams' sunflower seed and bubble gum on the field.

Konerko made up for his mistakes in the top of the 3rd when he staked Danks to a 3-2 lead with a massive 2-run bomb off Perkins, but from there the Sox just stopped hitting.  From the 3rd to 7th innings, the only offense the Sox could muster of Perkins was a 2-out single by Jayson Nix into centerfield that, surprise surprise, they did nothing with as Josh Fields (surprise surprise!) struck out to end the inning.  With the offense completely comatose, Danks made the lead stick, but only for so long.  Finally, in the 6th inning, following a 1-out single by Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer took Danks deep to centerfield for a 4-3 lead and that would be all, folks.  Gordon Beckham's lead-off single in the 7th went for naught, as Nix, Fields, and Scott Podsednik couldn't get him into scoring position, let alone in to tie the game.  Matt Guerrier and Joe Nathan each worked a perfect inning to shut the door on the Sox.  Nathan was aided by Denard Span, who in the 9th inning robbed Carlos Quentin of at least a double when he caught his line drive bullet to left field on a dead sprint, and slightly over his head.  Just about anywhere else and we're at least talking about an interesting final frame, instead, it's just the usual 1-2-3 lay down by the Sox whenever Nathan is on the mound.  Yawn.

The loss pulls the Twins to within a game of the Sox for 2nd place in the American League Central and marks the 4th loss in 5 games on this now road trip from hell (all against critical divisional opponents to boot!  Hooray, chokejob!) but keeps pace with Detroit who took a 5-1 loss on the chin in Texas tonight.  American League Central baseball... Who wants it not the least?  Can't beat that action!

Anyways, the Sox will get another opportunity to lose tomorrow at the Dump with Mark Buehrle on the hill against Scott Baker.  Honestly, even if Buehrle throws another perfect game, he will likely walk away with an "L."  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM tomorrow, so be sure to schedule something else to do rather than needlessly elevate your blood pressure.  If you're a masochist and actually want to watch this abomination go down, turn to Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  0 stars.  Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

submitted by doublem23

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Paul Konerko

2-run homer in the 3rd inning is enough to be the tallest midget tonight.  The Captain came through at the plate, but was about as effective as a slice of Swiss Cheese at 1st tonight.

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