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Sox Pitching Feeds Tigers

September 26th vs. the Detroit Tigers

KW's Daily Special:
Raw Meat for Big Cats
If you serve up fat pitches to hungry Tigers, they'll leave with full stomachs.

Short Take:The Tigers show why they lead the division as they embarrass the Sox 12-5.

Kenny's Burger Joint knows about spices, and salt is a vital one. A modest amount will awaken a dull flavor, but too much salt makes things repulsive and indigestible. It was in 1911 that the Morton Salt company wanted to advertise that its product continued to flow freely even in damp conditions. A old proverb was borrowed to convey that message, and "when it rains, it pours" became associated with both free-flowing salt and cascading bad fortune.

Tonight at Kenny's Joint the White Sox learned anew the meaning of Morton Salt's slogan as a 5-0 lead going into the fifth inning deteriorated to a 12-5 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers. It's a familiar story, rife with the heartbreak and frustration that has been the hallmark of this season. Another indigestible night of baseball watching Sox pitching collapse noisily like a stack of empty beer cans.

The Sox had some fun in the first four innings, scoring one in the first after a bunt single by Scott Podsednik and an RBI single by Gordon Beckham. Another run scored in the second when Alex Rios discovered why he has a bat and hit a solo homer. In the Sox fourth, a single by Alexei Ramirez, a wild pitch sending him to second, and an intentional walk to Jermaine Dye allowed Carlos Quentin to hit a three-run homer into the left-field bullpen. Freddy Garcia started the game and actually looked good in those first four innings, facing the minimum and fooling hitters with his breaking ball. It was 5-0 Sox after four innings.

Things got ugly after that. It's painful to review, but if we must, we must.

In the Detroit fifth, Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer. Annoying, but shouldn't be a problem with the Sox in the lead 5-1, right? Wrong. In the Tigers' sixth, Placido Polanco singled, followed by a Magglio Ordonez double, followed by a Cabrera 2-run single. it's a 5-3 Sox lead in the sixth.

The Detroit seventh was a batting-practice clinic. Sweaty Freddy gave up four straight singles; some hit sharply, some not, but tying the game 5-5. Tony Pena is brought in and promptly gives up two more singles, making it 7-5 for the clawing felines. The Sox made a guest appearance in the bottom of the seventh but did nothing.

Everybody's favorite gas can, Scott Linebrink, came in to pitch the top of the eighth, giving up four more runs on a variety of hits and a wild pitch thrown in for good measure. Jhonny (sic) Nunez came in and stopped the bleeding with the score now 11-5 in favor of the big cats.

The Sox rolled over in their half of the eighth like the polite hosts they are, and the Tigers helped themselves to one more run in the ninth on a double, a wild pitch, and a single. At this point the White Sox had the Tigers right where they wanted them, holding the Motowners to a seven-run lead. The Sox bravely came to bat in the ninth and did utterly nothing. Thus ended the game, as the Tigers edged the Sox 12-5.

The season has been over for the White Sox for a while, mathematical certainty notwithstanding. Whether the cause of their malaise has been the runners left in scoring position, the inability to hold a lead, the unwillingness to add to a lead once attained, or just general mopery, the Sox have been a profound disappointment. This essay marks the last home game of the 2009 season for this intrepid reporter, and whatever happens between now and April 3rd, 2010, I can only say that I hope the kitchen in Kenny's Burger Joint is thoroughly cleaned of all the salt that has rained and poured.

Critic's Corner:
One star for the first four innings. After that? Phooey.

submitted by tebman.

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