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The Buck Stops Here

May 7 vs. Blue Jays

Juan Pierre

Kotsay shows some magic with a two-run bomb, while Juan Pierre bunts back to the pitcher with the winning run 90-feet away.

Short Take:   The White Sox fail to execute in key situations while Ozzie continues to be asleep behind. Ozzieball tonight featured three homers, but that wasn’t enough to contain John Buck’s dominance of Sox pitching.

Friday night’s affair at US Cellular Field was a tale of two contests. The first half of the game was a quick-paced pitcher’s duel between Mark Buehrle and Toronto starter Shawn Marcum. The second half of the game featured the Sox and Blue Jays trading blows in an offensive slugfest, with Toronto finally TKO’ing the Pale Hose in the 12th round for the 7-4 victory.

Buehrle and Marcum were nearly perfect through the first four innings. That came to an end in the 5th when former Royal, John Buck, muscled a Buehrle cutter into the leftfield stands to give the Jays a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Carlos Quentin reached base on a double and was knocked in by Mark Kotsay’s 2-run homer (#3 on the year) to knot the game at two. Alex Rios blasted his 5th dinger of the season in the 6th to give the Sox a one run lead.

Buehrle cruised until the 8th and then ran into trouble. After Toronto loaded the bases, Ozzie Guillen decided to let Buehrle continue and face Vernon Wells (19-for-38 against Mark in his career). The inexplicable decision didn’t haunt Ozzie as much as it could have. Buehrle lost Wells to a walk, which forced in a run to tie the game, but then pitched out of the jam to end the inning with minimal damage.

Ozzie’s second questionable decision occurred when he let Bobby Jenks have the ball in the top of the 9th in a 3-3 tie game. Sure enough, new Sox killer John Buck homered off Jenks into the right field stands to put Toronto ahead 4-3. Never fear, AJ Pierzynski went first-ball, fastball hunting in the bottom of the 9th and miraculously tied the game with a solo homer of his own. The Sox had Toronto against the ropes later in the inning with runners at first and third (and two outs). That’s when Juan Pierre, with a chance to win the game, tried to drag bunt down the first base line for a suicide squeeze but instead popped back to the pitcher to end the inning. In the post game news conference, Ozzie said that Juan put the bunt down on his own since “that’s his game.” Newsflash Ozzie: a.) his game sucks, b.) you make that call as the manager, not Pierre.

The game went into extra frames until 2003 World Series hero Alex Gonzalez ended the Sox misery with a three-run bomb off JJ Putz in the 12th inning to give the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead and the victory. Predictable as usual, Ozzie had nothing but praise for Gonzalez after the game.

TBGR Diary:
 The Sox fall to six games below .500, and this ship is sinking faster than the Titanic right now.

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