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As Cold As Ice

April 9 vs. Twins

Segio Santos
Alexei Ramirez

Sergio was the bullpen savior tonight, while Alexei continues to play with his head up his ass on defense

Short Take:   The Sox lose their third in a row behind a weak-hitting offense and mental lapses in the field.

On the night that slugger Jim Thome made his homecoming to US Cellular Field, the White Sox continued to struggle at the plate with their “Ozzieball” lineup. The silent bats, mixed with spotty defense and some bad umpiring calls, earned the Sox a 4-3 defeat at the hands of their division rival Minnesota Twins on Friday Night.

The Sox took an early one run lead in the 3rd off Twins starter Francisco Liriano when the Twins conceded Alexei Ramirez’s run to turn a 4-6-3 double play on a ball hit by Juan Pierre. The Sox put two additional runs on the board in the bottom of the 6th when hot-hitting Alex Rios doubled to left to score Paulie and TCQ. The Sox should have scored an additional run in the 6th, but Gordon Beckham was incorrectly called out in a force at second base when Quentin’s pop-up fell in front of centerfielder Denard Span. Off Liriano and the rest of the Twins staff, the Sox wouldn’t cross the plate for the rest of the night.

John Danks struggled early for the Sox but amazingly pitched out of a bases-loaded-and-nobody-out situation in the first. Danks settled down and pitched over an error by the Cuban Missile on a rundown-play in the 5th . His luck would run out, though, as the Twins touched Danks for two runs in the top of the sixth, again aided by an error from Alexei at shortstop. Morneau and Cuddyer reached base with consecutive hits and then scored on a single by Delmon Young and Alexei’s fielding error on a ball hit by Brendan Harris.

The Twins tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh as the Sox bullpen imploded on cue. Linebrink walked Span and JJ Hardy, and Sox LOOGY Randy Williams gave up the game-tying double to Morneau. After that, the Sox bullpen became a bright spot as Sergio Santos inherited a bases-loaded scenario and closed the door without any more damage. Matt Thornton looked great as usual, and Tony Pena pitched three innings off one-hit ball, throwing 59 pitches.

Unfortunately, while the Sox bats remained silent for the rest of the game, the Twins scored a run in the top of the 11th as JJ Hardy singled home Joe Mauer with two outs after a huge blown call, by home plate umpire Chris Guccione, that should have been strike three.

TBGR Diary:
 The Sox will attempt to win the next two against the Twins this weekend, hopefully salvaging the series and climbing back to the .500 mark early in this 2010 campaign. Defense needs to be more focused, the front end of the bullpen needs to be more reliable, and the Sox bats need to be more timely and consistent. Wow.

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