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Waste of a Nice Afternoon

July 6 vs. Kansas City

Levels Finished:
The Sox didn't give much of an effort in this one.

Short Take: The White Sox offense stinks and Edwin Jackson forgot to throw a shutout against Kansas City.

Let's start off with the positives from Wednesday afternoon's White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals ... The weather was beautiful. OK, that's about it. Everything else about this game completely sucked eggs.

Kansas City journeyman pitcher Bruce Chen throws the ball softly with his left hand, and you know what that means: It's time for some Walkerball! Weak grounders and popups galore! Come one, come all! It's fun for the whole family!

The Sox managed only a run on five hits off Chen and two Kansas City relievers as they suffered a frustrating 4-1 loss. This defeat drops the Sox back to two games under .500 at 43-45. They are also a meager 20-22 at home and 7-13 against American League Central Division opponents. The Royals might have the worst record in the league, but they still managed to walk into U.S. Cellular Field and beat the Sox two out of three games. Embarrassing.

Of particular embarrassment is the White Sox offense. Chen, who has played with 10 teams during his MLB career and had not won a game in two months, retired the first nine batters he faced. He allowed just one hit -- a single by Juan Pierre -- through the first five innings.

Trailing 3-0, the White Sox finally had their chance in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles by Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham and Juan Pierre. Did the Sox cash in? Hell no! Brent Morel worked the count full, but swung at ball four in fouling out to first base. Can someone teach that kid where the strike zone is? Please? Shock of all shocks, Adam Dunn followed by working a bases-loaded walk to collect a cheap RBI.

But then Paul Konerko had perhaps his worst at-bat of the season, striking out on three pitches. The sad part is when Konerko has a bad day, his teammates NEVER pick him up. After Paulie struck out, Carlos Quentin swung at a horrible pitch and popped out to third base. This is our All-Star representative? Cripes. Chen escaped the inning with a 3-1 lead, and the Sox never serious threatened again.

Sox starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (5-7) was mediocre. He allowed four runs on eight hits over seven innings. Kansas City nicked him for single runs in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings. He struck out six and walked one. It was not a great outing for Jackson, but he wasn't terrible either. And let's face it: He would have had to throw a shutout to win this game.

Up next for the White Sox is a four-game set against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins come in with a 38-47 record, but I'm sure Ozzie Guillen still considers them to be a great team. The Sox will send Phil Humber (8-4, 2.69 ERA) to the mound. His opponent will be mediocre right-hander Carl Pavano (5-6, 4.19 ERA), who will probably look like Cy Young against this White Sox lineup. Game time is 7:10, and if you're a masochist, you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
You stop criticizing Walker, JB! He show up for work every day at 8 a.m.!

submitted by JB98.

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