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Same 'ol [Stuff], Different Day

July 10 vs. Minnesota Twins


Levels Finished:
2
Since the Sox managed to score two runs late to give the fans hope, they completed two levels. However, the fireballs from "Cy" Swarzak couldn't be overcome in the long run.

Short Take:   Jake Peavy could not find the plate for most of the 4 1/3 innings he pitched and the offense was asleep for most of the afternoon, resulting in another loss.

You had to see this one coming from a mile away. The Sox had already won one more game against the hated Minnesota Twins during the four-game series than most Sox fans thought they would, so a loss in Sunday's series finale was almost imminent. It was Sunday after all, too! In the end, Jake Peavy didn't have his best stuff and the offense couldn't solve the puzzle known as Anthony Swarzak, resulting in a 6-3 loss for the South Siders.

The key to this loss came in the fourth inning. Jake Peavy (4-3) had retired the first two hitters he faced after inducing Joe Mauer into a 4-6-3 double play an inning earlier to get himself out of a jam. However, his inability to find the plate cost him. Peavy issued back-to-back walks to Rene Tosoni and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, neither of whom have stellar batting averages. A Drew Butera single and Jason Repko (a.k.a. the new Lew Ford) double plated the two-out walks, putting the Sox in a 2-0 hole. All Sox fans had to be thinking the same thing, Ballgame. They were right, but more runs were scored. Four singles from the first five batters in the fifth plated three more for the Twins, giving them a commanding 5-0 lead.

The Sox plated their first of three runs on the afternoon in the sixth when Paul-Star delivered in the clutch once again, this time driving in Juan Pierre with a base hit. Other than that, the Sox were unable to solve the Swarzak (2-2) puzzle. Since the depleted Twins bullpen had to take over, the Sox plated a couple more. Back-to-back doubles by A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham scored the only other runs the Sox would plate on the afternoon. A Sergio Santos wild pitch in the ninth inning brought the sixth run home for Minnesota, resulting in the 6-3 final.

Sunday's loss puts a wrap on a first half filled with underachievement. After 92 ballgames, the Sox find themselves a disappointing 44-48. Among one of the largest disappointments of the 2011 season so far has been Adam Dunn. The supposed power-hitting DH finds himself with a putrid .160 batting average and only nine homeruns and 34 RBIs on the season thus far. Yuck!!!

With the Break now upon us, Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin head to Phoenix for the 82nd All-Star Game, while the rest of their teammates will go their separate ways until Friday when the season resumes in Detroit with a three-game series. Inexplicably, Gavin Floyd (6-9, 4.59 ERA) will take the mound for the White Sox against Detroit's Justin Verlander (12-4, 2.15 ERA), who owns the Sox (and every other team he faces). Ozzie is too obsessed with matchups to bother throwing either of the team's two best starters in Buehrle and Humber in a series against the first place team in the division, so Floyd, Jackson and Peavy it is. The first pitch will be thrown at 6:05P.M. CDT and you can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet.

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 "Tank God it's the All-Star Break. My arm needs rest after tipping my cap to Gardie and the piranhas all damn weekend."


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