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Like Pushing Rocks Up the Hill

July 30th vs. the Boston Red Sox

Levels Finished:
The "Game Over" light might as well have lit up in the fifth inning. The Sox couldn't get up the first ladder. Every barrel seemed to mow them down.

Short Take:The White Sox were overmatched by the Boston Red Sox 10-2. Humber and Bruney gave up 10 runs and except for a couple of solo homers, the hitters, of course, couldn't hit.

The ancient Greeks had a story to describe the White Sox in 2011. The mythological king Sisyphus behaved badly, and as punishment the gods condemned him to push a large boulder up a hill only to watch it roll back down. Push, roll, repeat. He was stuck through eternity just making it to the top, only to watch it roll down so he could begin again.

The White Sox have held a.500 record only twice since April. Every time they've approached that plateau, something has caused them to roll back. Tonight it was the Boston Red Sox who beat the Sox 10-2 in a game that brought our not-so-mythological heroes back to beneath that mediocre midpoint.

We were full of hope. Phil Humber was the Sox starter and he's been a bright spot all year. Though he had some bumps in his last two outings, he's been good. Not so tonight, as the Wrong Sox swarmed on him like flies in the fifth inning. Things got comically ugly in the ninth when Brian Bruney was pitching, and we'll get to that, but what was on display tonight was a White Sox team that seems lost in a fog.

The two runs the Right Sox could muster came off two solo homers by Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham. Those are always fun, but they're a lot more fun if they're part of a larger purpose. The White Sox didn't seem to have a larger purpose against Boston starter Jon Lester. Lester was the very picture of efficiency: zip, zip, zip, through eight innings, with eight strikeouts.

Meanwhile, our man Humber threw a lot of pitches and too many of them were not strikes; that is, until the fifth. In that fateful fifth inning, Carl Crawford led off with a single, stole second base and made it to third on a errant throw by A.J. Pierzynski. The musically-named Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled home Crawford, then Josh Reddick got an infield single to put the runner on third. A sacrifice fly by Marco Scutaro scored the man with the un-rhymeable name, then Jacoby Ellsbury singled to put Reddick on third. Dustin Pedroia hit his own sacrifice fly to score Reddick. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked, only to see Kevin Youkilis hit an RBI single that scored Reddick.

With David Ortiz due up, Ozzie had seen enough. Will Ohman was brought in and got Ortiz to ground out 4-3. But at this point the White Sox were losing 4-0, and given the Sox' lack of offense this year, a four-run deficit seemed huge.

Konerko hit his solo shot in the seventh and Beckham hit his in the eighth. The balance of the Sox offense was a series of three other scattered hits that could not be combined into a cohesive whole. But developing big innings is something the Red Sox knew how to do: in the top of the ninth, Brian Bruney was pitching his second relief inning. After picking up another run the eighth, Boston might as well brought along a calliope to play circus music in the ninth. It went like this:

* Pedroia single;
* Gonzalez stratospheric two-run homer;
* Youkilis towering solo homer;
* Ortiz fly out to center (Hoo-hah! One out!);
* Crawford single;
* Saltalamacchia RBI double;
* Reddick popup (Two outs!);
* Scutaro single.

Now it's 10-2 Boston and Matt Thornton comes in to get the third out. The Sox drew a two-out walk to Adam Dunn in the ninth followed by a pinch-hit double by Brent Lillibridge. Pierzynski grounded out to end the inning and the game.

Who are these guys, anyway? If the pitchers can't hold the opponents down to less than three runs, the White Sox don't seem to know what to do except push the rock up the hill and let it roll back down. A .500 record seems about as good as it gets.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! Maybe I should feed my players *#@#%# beans! I hear that's what they eat in Boston. Looks like it work for them!"

submitted by tebman.

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