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We're Stinkin' in the Rain, Just Stinkin' in the Rain...

June 5th against the Cleveland Indians

Ramon Castro
Andruw Jones

Big night for Ramon: 2-for-3 with the Sox' lone RBI. Meanwhile Jones was tonight's rally killer, going 0-for-4 and hitting into a double play.

Short Take:The Sox get wet, their bats go soft, and they get beat by the Indians 3-1.

Maybe there's something in the water. Or maybe it's the planets -- I read that between May 27th and August 12th, Uranus moves through Aries, which astrologers say will demand more of our nervous systems. Or maybe this is just a bad team that is demanding more of our nervous systems. Whatever it is, we saw it again as the White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on a drizzly night in Chicago.

This is more like a flunk than a funk. The Sox simply can't hit. But rather than risk going into a tiresome rant, I'll summarize the game.

Jake Peavy started for the Sox and looked good, retiring the first nine Indians he faced. Peavy got rattled in the fourth after giving up successive singles to Trevor Crowe, Shin-Soo Choo, and Austin Kearns, resulting in Cleveland's first run. A wild pitch and a balk later, the Indians had another run, giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead in the middle of the fourth.

A two-run lead shouldn't be insurmountable, but these are the 2010 White Sox we're talking about. The Sox did pick up a run in their half of the fourth when Alex Rios singled and stole second, followed later by a Ramon Castro RBI single. But that was it. 2-1 Cleveland after four.

Peavy soldiered on through the seventh while his teammates carried their bats to the plate for no apparent reason. Oh, there were a few other scattered hits, but nothing came of them. The Sox hitters stared blankly toward the pitcher as if they were stepping out of a cave into the sunlight. Their countenances bespoke only confusion and futility.

The Cleveland pitching staff will never be confused with Cy Young or Nolan Ryan, but in the glazed eyes of the White Sox, they might as well be. Mitch Talbot started for Cleveland and threw a lot of pitches, though he really didn't need to. Chris Perez covered the eighth, and that old WSI punching bag, Kerry Wood, closed it out in the ninth.

Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks made guest appearances in the eighth and ninth, respectively. Thornton gave up another run in the eighth, which wouldn't matter if his team could actually hit. But, of course, the White Sox could not.

I'm going to have to start reading more deeply into the Zodiac. If Uranus is in Aries, maybe it's fair to ask the Sox hitters if their bats are in Uranus. Or more accurately, in theirs.

TBGR Diary:
I coached tee-ball for a few years a long time ago. At least those kids got on base.

submitted by tebman.

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