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Hard to Pitch in the Oakland Sunshine, I Guess

July 24th against the Oakland Athletics

Ramon Castro
Freddy Garcia

Ramon was the only bright spot for the Sox on this bright day with a two-run homer. Freddy? He couldn't last two innings today.

Short Take:Freddy Garcia had nothin', and neither did the pen as the Sox lost to the A's 10-2.

If you look at a long baseball season the same way as a game of golf, you can think of some losses the way a golfer looks at a bad-luck shot and ask for a mulligan. The baseball game doesn't get played over like the golf shot, but you hope the loss doesn't affect the overall season just as you'd hope one bad shot wouldn't affect your whole golf game.

The White Sox would like to ask for that mulligan, losing to the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on a s-l-o-w moving day in Oakland. Freddy Garcia started, riding the crest of a 6-0 streak. but the perspiring pitcher couldn't get through the second inning. Garcia gave up five earned runs on six hits and three walks in only 1-1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career, as we were told by the sabermetricians.

A pretty bleak day, though we have to give the A's credit for hitting when they needed to hit. It began in the first with a leadoff walk to Coco Crisp -- of course, he stole second. Daric Barton then doubled, scoring Crisp. Kurt Suzuki singled, putting runners on first and third, followed by a walk to Jack Cust. Still no outs and the bases are loaded, but Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mark Ellis both struck out. Can't relax, because Gabe Gross singled Barton home, making it 2-0 for the A's with the bases still loaded. Matt Watson then hit a screamer toward the left-center gap that Juan Pierre caught on the run to end the inning. Could've been worse.

The Sox came back in the top of the second when Mark Kotsay singled and was brought home on Ramon Castro's third homer. Woo-hoo! Tied 2-2 after an inning and a half.

But the A's weren't done with Freddy. In the bottom of the second Cliff Pennington led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice by Crisp, and scored on a single by Barton, who promptly stole second. Suzuki singled, scoring Barton. Then Garcia gave up his third walk to Cust, and Ozzie the G had seen enough. Tony Pena was brought in to stop the bleeding, but he gave up a double to Kouzmanoff, scoring Suzuki. One play at the plate and a strikeout later, the inning was finally over with the A's leading 5-2.

An hour had already passed and the game had only completed two innings. A languorous afternoon in scenic Oakland. (Not)

In the fourth the A's led off with back-to-back homers by Suzuki and Cust. There was some modest excitement when Kouzmanoff was called out at home on a botched squeeze play, but the A's were still driving this train, now leading 7-2.

The A's scored again in the sixth when Pena gave up back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. Erick Threets replaced Pena, but gave up a single to Ellis, scoring Cust. Threets then walked Gabe Gross, loading the bases for pinch-hitter Matt Carson, who hit a sac fly to score Kouzmanoff. Let's see...that makes it 9-2 after six. Do you see a trend here?

WSI fave Scott Linebrink came in to pitch the eighth, and greeted us all by serving up a homer to Cust and walking Kouzmanoff. Linebrink gave up another single that inning, but got out of it with only one run, a remarkable outing by the big right-hander. 10-2 for the A's and I'm checking my watch -- is it dinner time yet?

The Sox went down quietly in the ninth. The A's pitching did a fine job today, between Vin Mazzaro, Brad Ziegler, and Ross Wolf. The White Sox staff, not so good. A tedious game on a tedious afternoon. Can we have that mulligan?

TBGR Diary:
Pick your metaphor: watching paint dry, watching grass grow, it's all the same. Today took too long to get too little done. Take the series tomorrow, and let's do it a little faster, eh?

submitted by tebman.

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