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Jackson Sets 'Em Down, But Bullpen Putz 'Em Up

August 14th against the Detroit Tigers

Edwin Jackson
J.J. Putz

Jackson put on a pitching clinic tonight with his 11-strikeout game. Putz also put on a performance, offering a fat pitch to the never-dangerous Alex Avila that lost the game for the Sox.

Short Take:The White Sox lose to the Detroit Tigers 3-2 in a maddening, frustrating game.

Well, it was a nice fireworks show. And I got a beer-vendor bobblehead that will doubtless become an object of intense study when archaeologists find it many years from now. Good crowd too: 36,548 showed up and had some laughs.

Oh, and there was a ball game. The White Sox let themselves get beat by the Detroit Tigers 3-2, despite the 7-inning, 1-run, 11-strikeout performance of Edwin Jackson. It was the very picture of frustration watching the Sox make Detroit's 5-10, 5.74 ERA Rick Porcello look like Cy Young tonight. The White Sox could only muster two runs from nine hits off Porcello, but they could hit into three rally-killing double plays.

And then there was the ninth, in which the Sox entered leading 2-1. J.J. Putz was brought in to pitch and promptly gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Inge. Though he ended up striking out the side, Putz gave up a 2-run homer to Alex Avila (a career .230 hitter) that put the Tigers in front 3-2. The Sox got a single in the bottom of the ninth from Alexei Ramirez, but otherwise went down quietly.

That's about all there is to tell. It's tough watching this team curl up in a fetal position against pitchers who should be like batting-practice machines to MLB hitters. Meanwhile, of course, the Twins were winning again, putting the White Sox two games back in the Central Division.

Tonight's object of sympathy is Edwin Jackson. He pitched a hell of a game with the aforementioned 11 strikeouts, only giving up one run from a solo homer off the bat of Carlos Guillen. A great performance, but if the guys with the bats can't figure out how to use them, and if your bullpen brothers throw meatball pitches to .230 hitters, your extraordinary performance goes for naught.

The first Sox run came in the fifth when Ramirez got on base on a fielder's choice. Gordon Beckham singled, sending Ramirez to third. Ramirez then scored on Juan Pierre's fielder's choice. The Sox' second run came in the seventh after a two-out walk and stolen base by Pierre and an RBI single by Omar Vizquel.

This report is terse because the game was terse. Weak ground balls and multiple double plays don't win ballgames, and they certainly don't win championships. I want to go to ballgames for reasons other than receiving concessionaire statuary.

I should say something supportive...did I mention it was a nice fireworks show?

TBGR Diary:
A great pitching performance is a terrible thing to waste.

submitted by tebman.

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By any measure, a terrific game: 7 innings, 1 run, 11 strikeouts. Too bad the rest of his team didn't show up.

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