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Saturday Snoozer

April 10th against the Minnesota Twins

Scott Linebrink
Juan Pierre

Y'gotta catch fly balls, Juan.

Short Take:Freddy Garcia does what he's asked to do, but the Sox can only score 1, losing yet again 2-1.

Welcome to the White Sox reality show. And what does reality show? It shows that a team can have top-shelf pitching, but with lower-drawer hitting it can't win ballgames, as the Sox drop their fourth in a row, 2-1.

The mystery is how it is that the White Sox can't seem to hit anybody this season. Weak ground balls, swings at pitches dipping out of the strike zone, lazy fly balls...gentlemen, please! This environment should be familiar to you. Hit the round ball squarely -- you've done it before.

On this utterly gorgeous day in Chicago, it was the Perspiring Pill-Thrower Freddy Garcia facing off against righthander Scott Baker for the annoying Minnesota Twins. The Sox scored a lone run in the fifth inning off successive doubles by A.J. Pierzynski and Mark Teahen. It's hard to knock Garcia's work today: holding the Twins scoreless into the seventh inning, only to be rudely interrupted by a 2-run homer by Jason Kubel. South Side favorite Jim Thome, toiling now for the ya-hey-dere crowd in Minneapolis, was on base, having reached on a walk.

But back to Saturday's game. In the Twins' eighth inning, Randy Williams came in to pitch against Orlando Hudson, who singled. That was followed by a walk to Joe Mauer, followed by a fly ball to left that was gruesomely misplayed by Juan Pierre. It was officially a single, but it was a singularly bad play. Scott Linebrink was brought in to raise the drawbridge against the Twins' attempted invasion, and did what he had to do: got Michael Cuddyer to line softly to second, struck out Alexi Casilla, and induced a weak grounder to first from Jason Kubel. Whew...still 2-1 Twins.

The Sox eighth showed signs of life. Teahen walked to lead off and was sacrificed to second by Juan Pierre, no doubt trying to atone for the botched fly ball in the top of the inning. Jesse Crain was brought in to pitch at this point, replacing Jose Mijares, who had started the inning. But alas, the Sox stayed true to their 2010 form: Gordon Beckham popped out to left and (The) Carlos Quentin popped it straight up behind the plate. And the hits just keep on not comin'.

Minnesota tall guy and former Sox pitcher Jon Rauch came in to pitch the ninth. After Paul Konerko struck out, Mark Kotsay singled (surprise!). Alex Rios, who seems to hit it hard but not where they ain't, flew out to the centerfield wall. Pierzynski ended this painful reality show with a weak grounder up the middle that forced Teahen.

It was Einstein who said, "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Yes, it is.

TBGR Diary:
Somehow these guys didn't get the memo: you have to hit, even if you've got great pitching.

submitted by tebman.

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