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The Mystery of Oakland

May 14th vs. the Oakland Athletics

Levels Finished:
The Sox made it up the first ladder, but tripped over themselves as the barrels rolled past.

Short Take: We've seen this movie before: west-coast trip, weak hitting, flaky pitching, 6-2 loss to the Athletics.

What is it with these guys? The White Sox seem to look opportunity in the eye and say, "Who are you?" They make opposing pitchers, whether rookies or journeymen, look like Cy Young on his best day. Baserunning and situational hitting are mysterious arts, and they've developed a real talent for hitting weak ground balls directly at infielders.

I'm painting with a broad brush here, I know. But today the Sox lost to the Oakland Athletics 6-2 in a way that's all too familiar this year: an uncertain pitching performance, hand-in-hand with catatonic batsmanship. And it always seems more so in Oakland. Tyson Ross, the A's starter, froze the frigid Sox bats with fastballs and sliders. Let's review:

Gavin Floyd started today's game and couldn't get his curve ball to behave. He reminds me of a guy who can balance a pencil on his nose, but when asked to do it can only get it to work about half the time. His curve ball is like that: a nice trick that's fun when it works and tediously embarrassing when it doesn't. Floyd went 4-1/3 innings, giving up five runs and looking bewildered most of the way.

The A's started the scoring in the second inning after Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled and was sent home on a seeing-eye single by Cliff Pennington that went in and out of Gordon Beckham's glove. Coco Crisp singled, putting Pennington on third so that Daric Barton's sac fly could send him home. 2-0 A's after two, and there was more to come.

The A's fifth began with a single by Barton. After Josh Willingham singled, they both advanced on Floyd's wild pitch. David DeJesus triped them both in, and then he came marching home on Kurt Suzuki's single. 5-0 for the A's and the Sox looked increasingly confused. Tony Pena was brought in to replace Floyd, though it was pretty academic at that point.

A shaft of light did break through in the top of the sixth when Alexei Ramirez singled and Paul Konerko hit his 10th homer to make it 5-2. But as with so many other Sox games this season it was little more than a decorative accessory on a car that won't start.

The A's picked up another run in the seventh after Pena gave a leadoff walk to DeJesus. Suzuki singled, and both were advanced on a well-placed sacrifice bunt by Mark Ellis (note to Sox hitters: the bunt goes on the ground, in fair territory -- pay attention). Kouzmanoff lofted a sac fly to center, scoring DeJesus, who was eminently grateful for the leadoff walk. Chris Sale came in to pitch the eighth and didn't spring any more leaks, though he did walk two.

Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle were eminent mystery writers. Somehow I think even their powers of enigmatic prose wouldn't be enough to describe the White Sox this year. Just what is it with these guys?

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! My heeters can't heet, my peetchers can't peetch. How was YOUR #%*@# day?"

submitted by tebman.

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Paul Konerko

Once again, tried to show the rest of the team how to hit. A two-run homer that provided all the scoring. Paulie, we need eight more just like you.

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