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Not This (Bleep) Again

April 13 vs. Oakland


Levels Finished:
4 1/2
The Sox have had the lead going into the ninth in each of their past seven games. They are 4-3. Can't quite save the princess, can we?

Short Take: The Sox bullpen implodes once more, turning a 4-1 lead into a stinging 7-4 loss.

Getting the lead comes easy for your 2011 Chicago White Sox. Holding the lead? Well, that's a major issue.

The Sox have had the lead at some point in all 12 games they've played this season. Meanwhile, their record is a pedestrian 7-5 after a ridiculous and embarrassing 7-4 loss to the Oakland A's Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Left-hander John Danks fired eight innings of one-run ball and the South Siders took a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead into the ninth inning. Alas, no lead is comfortable this season with the Sox crap bullpen on the case. Three relievers combined to blow that three-run lead, sending the game to extra innings. Erstwhile "closer" Matt Thornton coughed up three more runs in the top of the 10th, accounting for the final margin.

Prior to the game, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would not use lefty Chris Sale in relief in Wednesday's game. After all the youngster had fired two scoreless innings to earn the win Tuesday night, and he needed the rest. But there was a tired and ineffective Sale -- on the mound to start the top of the ninth. The results were predictably disastrous.

A leadoff double by Conor Jackson. An RBI single by Josh Willingham. Another base hit by Hideki Matsui. All of a sudden, it's 4-2 and the tying run is on base with still nobody out.

Guillen summoned Jesse Crain, who probably should have started the inning in the first place. Crain walked Daric Barton to load the bases before fanning Kurt Suzuki for the first out of the inning.

Then, Guillen summoned Thornton, he of the three consecutive blown saves. Well, you can make that four straight blown saves. Oh, it looked like Thornton might get out of it. He struck out Ryan Sweeney for the second out, but then the immortal Cliff Pennington (Who?) delivered a two-out, two-run single to center to tie game.

The Sox went quietly in the bottom of the ninth, and then Thornton (0-2) imploded in the 10th. He walked back-to-back hitters, then gave up back-to-back singles. You get the idea. Just shoot my ass.

But don't worry! After the off day tomorrow, the Sox get to face one of the hottest pitchers in baseball Friday night when Jered Weaver (3-0, 0.87 ERA) of the Los Angeles Angels takes the U.S. Cellular Field mound. He'll be opposed by Sox right-hander Phil Humber (1-0, 3.37 ERA). Game time is 7:10 on Comcast SportsNet.

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Ozzio's Game Rant:
I no have a ****ing closer.


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