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Can't Anybody Here Pitch?

August 28th against the New York American League Cruise Ship

Paul Konerko
John Danks

Paulie came up big: 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs, but he can't pitch too. Danks threw two-run gophers in three consecutive innings, and he can't hit at all.

Short Take:The Sox pitching staff throws meatballs tonight, giving up 12 runs to the Pinstripe Parvenus from New York for a 12-9 loss.

Games against that imperious team from New York are fraught with drama. There's the mythology of their billion-dollar ballpark, the legacy of bad movies made about their players, and the many championships they've bought and paid for. But usually the games are played in a way that suggests skill in all facets of this sport: hitting, fielding, and pitching.

Tonight's game was billed as a matchup of two of the league's best hurlers: John Danks and C.C. Sabathia. But what we saw instead was little more than a batting practice exhibition in which the White Sox came up short, losing to New Yawk 12-9 in front of a full house in Chicago.

Your TBGR reporter was at that game and can attest to the deep infiltration in that full house of groupies who follow that insufferable franchise. It was once said that rooting for that team is like rooting for U.S. Steel, though that was in a different industrial era. A better analogy in the present might be to the devotees of Apple Computer, those minions who cheer the flash of the product with the same vigor as they cheer its financial success. Those are the toadies who contaminated U.S. Cellular Field tonight.

But enough about the team's entourage. What about the game? Well, John Danks really was throwing batting practice tonight, giving up eight earned runs on six hits and four walks in only 4-1/3 innings. Three of those hits were two-run homers. Danks did get five strikeouts, but those were leavened by the many runs he allowed. He certainly wasn't fooling the Bronx Batsmen, who seemed to be teeing off on every hard-thrown strike Danks offered. Sabathia, for his part, though regarded as a great mound of pitching wonder, gave up five earned runs tonight on nine hits in seven innings of work. The difference was that his team was scoring more runs.

And score they did. Things started ignominiously in the first with a leadoff walk to Derek Jeter, followed by a home run hit by that scamp Nick Swisher. No outs in the first and the Sox are already down 2-0 with Swisher strutting foolishly around the bases. In the second, after Danks rang up two strikeouts he walked Brett Gardner and gave up another two-run blast to Eduardo Nunez. Danks kept his own little conga line going in the third, giving up another two-run homer to Marcus Thames after a single by Robinson Cano. For those of you scoring at home, that's three two-run homers in three consecutive innings. Looked like batting practice to me.

The Sox did score a lone run in the first when Juan Pierre led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout, and scored on a Paul Konerko single. In the Sox half of the third, Alexei Ramirez singled and scored on a two-run homer by Konerko. In the Sox' fourth, Ramon Castro led off with a single and came home on Andruw Jones' two-run homer, making it 6-5 in favor of the New York Nuisance at the end of four.

But the obnoxious guests scored four more runs in the fifth, remarkably without any two-run homers. A leadoff walk to Swisher, followed by single by Cano marked the merciful end of Danks' tenure. Tony Pena came in and gave up a two-RBI double to Posada, followed by walks to Kearns and Gardner, followed by a single to Nunez scoring two more runs. That's four more, making it 10-5 in the middle of the fifth. The Yanksters picked up solo runs in the eighth and ninth for a total of 12, far more than reason or courtesy should allow.

The Sox did make it interesting later. In the eighth, Carlos Quentin led off with a single and advanced to third on a ground-rule double by Jones. Gordon Beckham brought them both home with a double. After the intruders scored their run in the ninth it was 12-7 going into the Sox' last inning. Only need five to tie!

The Sox tried. In the ninth, Ramirez led off with a solo homer off David Robertson, followed by an Alex Rios triple and an RBI single by Konerko, making it 12-9. Aha! Now it's a save situation...the bullpen door parted and out of the mist stepped Mr. Roboto himself, Mariano Rivera. Though he got Quentin to hit into a double play, the cyborg-like Rivera had some rare control trouble, giving up a single to Castro and a walk to Jones. Mark Teahen pinch-hit for Brett Lillibridge and hit a line drive to second that ended the game and stopped the merry-go-round.

Danks couldn't do it. Pena couldn't do it. Carlos Torres pitched a little better, but gave up runs too. Lucas Harrell pitched 2/3 of an inning and was the only Sox pitcher to not give up runs, but by that time the unwelcome guests had scored 12. Nine runs should be enough to win any game but not tonight for the Sox. Anybody know if Manny Ramirez can pitch?

TBGR Diary:
Nine runs! Nine runs! And they still lost. I mean, really!

submitted by tebman.

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Three for three with two walks. A homer, a double, and a single, but there's no hat trick in baseball. More's the pity since his pitching teammates couldn't stop giving up runs.

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