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Gavin Deserved Better

May 25 at Texas


Levels Finished:
1
Booooooooooooooooo!

Short Take: Walkerballing offense and crap defense waste a fine pitching performance by Gavin Floyd.

When does a 2-0 deficit feel like an insurmountable 10-0 hole? Only when you're watching the 2011 Chicago White Sox.

The Sox dropped a 2-1 decision to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. It was only a one-run game, hardly a butt-kicking. Nevertheless, I feel as though I've been punched in the face repeatedly for about two and a half hours after watching the Sox lame attempts at hitting.

Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson (5-3) and three Rangers relievers combined to limit the Sox to six hits. The South Siders grounded into three double plays and blew golden opportunities to tie or take the lead in the seventh, eighth AND ninth innings.

As per usual in the Greg Walker Era of Ineptitude, the Sox hitters had no discernible plan against Wilson, the dreaded left-hander with a changeup. Wilson retired 15 in a row at one point and 17 of the first 19 hitters he faced. He faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings, because the Sox grounded into double plays immediately following the two singles they had.

Trailing 2-0, the Sox finally broke through in the seventh on three straight singles by Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko. The last of the three singles produced the lone Sox run of the game. Alas, Alex Rios killed that rally by grounding into a double play with runners on first and second with one out.

The Sox had another golden opportunity with runners on first and third with one out in the eighth. Too bad Adam Dunn and Juan Pierre were coming up. Dunn struck out swinging and Pierre grounded weakly to shortstop. So much for that.

It got even more embarrassing in the ninth, as Texas closer Neftali Perez couldn't find the plate. He walked Quentin and Konerko back-to-back to place runners on first and second with one out. No matter. Neither Rios nor A.J. Pierzynski could deliver the big hit. Game over. What new?

Poor Gavin Floyd (5-4). He deserved so much better -- seven innings pitched, only one earned run allowed on three hits. He struck out five and walked just one. Excellent outing, especially after everyone in the bullpen pitched on Tuesday.

Both Texas runs were gifts. In the bottom of the third inning, Gordon Beckham booted a grounder and Rios misjudged a fly ball into a double. It should have been two out, nobody on. Instead, the Rangers had runners on second and third with nobody out. After a Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Ian Kinsler, the Rangers led 2-0.

With the Sox offense, that might as well have been 20-0. But don't worry, they're gonna bust out and somebody's gonna pay. Right, Hawk? Right, Walk? Right? Right...

The Sox continue this 10-game road trip Thursday in Toronto. Phil Humber (3-3, 3.10 ERA) gets the ball for the South Siders. He'll be opposed by Brendan Morrow (2-2, 5.06 ERA). Game time is 6:07 (silly Canadians). You can watch on ComcastSportsNet.

WSI's
Ozzio's Game Rant:
Shut the **** up, JB98. This no is Greg Walker's fault. I make out the ****ing lineup.


submitted by JB98.

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