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Deadline Passes as Sox Flatline on Frank Thomas Day

July 31 vs. Boston Red Sox


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Sox had the lead late, but as per usual, they can't hold it, as missed offensive opportunities, defensive miscues and a underwhelming bullpen performance dooms the Sox. Where's the "reset" button on this #%@$ing season??

Short Take: The Sox stand pat in the market, and lay down for the Red Sox. At least we got a sweet statue of Frank Thomas out of the deal.

Wow. This team is really aggravating. After all the hubbub about calling up Alejandro De Aza to replace the lazy, ineffective Alex Rios as the starting center fielder, it only took two days for Ozzie to break down and say "Aww, I'm so sorry mean old Kenny said those bad things, here's a lollipop and some starts." Granted, Rios did have a two-out RBI single in today's 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, but that just shows you that the White Sox hold absolutely no one accountable, and a day that should have seen White Sox legend Frank Thomas stand proud as the White Sox kick some Boston booty after he was immortalized in bronze in the left field concourse ended on an oh-so-predictable note as the Sox blew their 10th game this season in which they had the lead in the seventh inning or later.

Mark Buehrle took the hill for the White Sox against Boston's Andrew Miller. Jason Varitek put the Red Sox up in front with a two-run shot in the second inning, but the Sox would pick up a run each in the second, third, and fourth innings to put themselves in front 3-2. During that fourth, a scary moment occurred as Paul Konerko got hit by a pitch in the leg. He went down, and the collective hearts of White Sox fans stood still. Fortunately, he got back up, and even took his base, to everyone's relief. However, he was taken out for precautionary reasons in the fifth inning, and Brent Lillibridge took over first base, with Juan Pierre, who was on the bench, taking over left field. X-rays were negative, and Konerko will be day-to-day with a bruised calf. So be ready to see Adam Dunn at first for a little while. The bases were loaded with one out after the Konerko HBP, and Carlos Quentin, subject of numerous trade rumors, came up to the plate to really show his value...and he did with a strikeout looking. Brilliant work, Carlos. Dunn followed up with a popout, and just like that, it was another day at the office with RISP/less than two outs for the White Sox. Did I mention that this offense has some major problems?

Buehrle wasn't as dominant as he has been lately, but he still went 6 innings, allowing the two runs on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts, so his streak of consecutive starts going 6 innings and allowing three or less runs is still intact. The usually solid Sox bullpen came in to the game in the seventh with one of the most reliable Sox relievers in Jesse Crain. 15 pitches and a Tyler Flowers defensive clownshow later, he walked off the mound having given up the lead on two runs on three hits and only recording one out. Chris Sale came in and put out the fire, but the Red Sox already did their damage. Blah blah blah, Sox played like crap, newly-acquired Jason Frasor came in and gave up a hit and a walk, Ohman came in against Adrian Gonzalez who's only hitting .900 against him and proceeded to hit an RBI double, no one's surprised, and mercifully, the Sox ended it weakly with Dunn and Rios leading the charge, you know, the usual.

Awful performance, and with the Sox not making any further moves during the deadline, this means that what we have is what we get, at least until September call-ups, but who really trusts Ozzie to play the young guys during that time anyway? He can't bench a .200-hitting dog-ass center fielder who is playing like baseball's a hobby and not a profession and a DH who is hitting historically bad. Sorry Frank, you deserved better. If you want to see the Sox play a Yankee team who not only is talented but also gives a damn about winning, are you a masochist? Anyway, it's a 7:10pm game start, as Jake Peavy goes against the Yankees' C.C. Sabathia. Watch at your own risk.

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Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey, I only run with the horses Kenny give me, I no magician."


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