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Sox Choo-ed Up and Spit Back Out

April 18 at Cleveland Indians

The Entire Bullpen
Gavin Floyd

One inning plus five batters, 7ER, 6H, 4BB, 2Ks, 1HR... speaks for itself.

Short Take:   This one was a disaster from the words "Play ball!" for Gavin Floyd & Co., who failed miserably and got swept by the Indians.

After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday afternoon on National TV, the Sox looked to salvage the last game against what were supposed to be the lowly Indians, but suddenly, courtesy of the White Sox, the Indians are at .500 and the Sox? Well, they find themselves at 4-9 and off to their worst start since the year I graduated high school- 1997. Gavin Floyd got rocked and the Sox's bats were barely alive yet again, leading to this afternoon's 7-4 defeat at Progressive Field.

When Juan Pierre led off the game with a base hit, it looked as though the Sox just may actually get to Fausto Carmona this time around, but when that base hit was followed by flyouts from Gordon Beckham, Mark Kotsay, and Paul Konerko, Sox fans started thinking that the "mighty" Carmona would continue his dominance of their team; that was basically the case.

The first two innings for Gavin Floyd can only be described in one way- a disaster. As it was, Floyd never made it out of the second; he had to rely on Tony Peņa for help. The bottom of the first saw Cleveland dent the dish three times. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the game with a double and Grady Sizemore walked. Shin-Soo Choo, who seems to also have the Sox's number, doubled to deep right, scoring Cabrera and moving Sizemore to third. Jhonny Peralta and Matt LaPorta went down with back-to-back strikeouts, but when Luis Valbuena walked, it set the table for Mark Grudzielanek. The former Cub singled to right, scoring Sizemore and Choo, and gave his team a 3-0 lead in the process.

The second inning was even worse. Michael Brantley lef off with a walk and went to third when that pesky Asdrubal Cabrera singled to right. Cabrera then went to second on a wild pitch that Floyd uncorked. Floyd's control continued to be an issue when he walked Sizemore to load the bases, then surrendered a grand slam to Choo. In a matter of minutes, it was a 7-0 ballgame and Ozzie went to get Gavin Floyd in favor of Tony Peņa. Peņa was able to retire the side without allowing anymore damage to be done.

The score remained 7-0 until the top of the fifth when the Sox plated three. With one out, Alex Rios singled to center and went to second on Mark Teahen's base hit. Omar Vizquel came through and doubled, scoring Rios and moving Teahen to third. The Sox had finally broken through and were looked to add more... and did. Alexei Ramirez followed with a single, scoring Teahen and making it a 7-2 contest. Juan Pierre followed with a fielder's choice, scoring Vizquel, who represented the Sox's third run of the ballgame.

With one more chance glaring them in the face, the Sox took advantage in the ninth. Alexei Ramirez and Juan Pierre led off with back-to-back singles, but with runners on first & third and nobody out, Gordon Beckham flew out to right. With Carlos Quentin at the plate, Pierre stole second, giving the Sox two runners in scoring position. But in typical fashion, all they could muster was a sacrifice fly (courtesy of TCQ) scoring The Stick for the fourth and final run of the game for the Sox.

With this afternoon's loss, the Sox fall to 4-9 and are now off to their worst start since 1997. Perhaps tomorrow's off day will give the South Siders a chance to regroup and they'll come back strong against the tough Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. John Danks (1-0, 1.38 ERA) will battle it out on the mound Tuesday night against David Price (2-0, 2.45 ERA), who seems to have the Sox's number. The first pitch will be at 7:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN+.

TBGR Diary:
 Epic fail by the starting pitching, outstanding relief pitching from Peņa, Santos, Williams, and Putz. The Sox just can't fire on all cylinders these days.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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