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August 18 vs. Cleveland Indians

Levels Finished:
Paul Konerko and Tyler Flowers supplied RBIs, but Zach Stewart, Will Ohman and Jason Frasor didn't bother to contain the Toon hitters as the Sox lose yet another home series against a divisional opponent.

Short Take: Like a lazy, ill-motivated 40-year old who still lives with his parents, The White Sox decide they like life better when they're below average and duck back under the bar against a team they're supposed to beat if they want to be taken seriously.

It's funny to think how things can change in a heartbeat. After coming off a series win against the Royals and winning the first game of this three-game tilt against the Wahoos to climb over .500 for the first time since April, the Sox for the first time looked like a team that, God willing, could make the postseason. Then the Jndjans decided to remind the Sox that they're in third place for a reason, and won the series by a score of 4-2 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Phil Humber took the mound for the Sox, facing off against Justin "Cy" Masterson (what's with all these pitchers the Sox go against being named "Cy" anyway?) In the second, the Tribe's resident former Cub Kosuke Fukudome hit a line drive back up the middle that nailed Humber in the head and took him down. Despite Humber insisting he was good to pitch, Ozzie took him out and put in Zach Stewart, which puts additional strain on an already taxed bullpen. In the third, Captain Consistent Paul Konerko put the Sox on the board with his 28th long ball of the season, a solo shot. But you don't need to be a psychic to guess what happens next inning: that's right, the pitching gives it right back and then some immediately. In this case, it was a two-run homer by Matt LaPorta that put the Sox behind. The Sox would tie the game in their half of the fourth with Tyler Flowers RBI single to score Alex Rios (Yes, THAT Alex Rios...I know, it's weird seeing him on base for me too). Finally, the bell tolled for thee, White Sox, as Ohman came out to pitch the sixth inning, and after Shin-Soo Choo got an infield single, Fukudome decided that knocking out the Sox' starting pitcher wasn't enough and wanted to hurt the Sox on the scoreboard. He proceeded to do just that with an RBI triple. For a very triples-unfriendly park, this series sure had a lot of them. Then Frasor came in and proceeded to walk Asdrubal Cabrera with the bases loaded to make it 4-2.

That isn't to say the Sox didn't have chances. The Sox half of the 8th saw the bases loaded with two out, and a man who has turned into the prototypical Walkerian hitter, Gordon Beckham, stepped up to the plate and proceeded to embarrass himself via one of the most awful-looking strikeouts of the season. Why Beckham, who has been a hot mess, was even allowed to hit in that spot remains a mystery that only Ozzie's mind can justify. The Sox went down with a whimper in the 9th, and that was all she wrote. Beckham was 0-3 with RISP, with a lineout back to the pitcher and two strikeouts. So, he's the future, huh?

The bad news is, now the Sox play host to the Texas Rangers, one of baseball's hottest teams. The good news is...hmm. Got nothing. Lillibridge is starting today? If you love watching unclutch baseball, then feel free to watch this game at 7:10pm, or if you're real daring, go to the game! Adam Dunn's and Rios' contract aren't going to pay themselves, you know. Never mind that the Rangers' Michael Young is batting .476 with five doubles and six RBIs his last five games at U.S. Cellular, and that Josh Hamilton is .408 with four doubles, four homers, and 10 RBIS against the Sox anywhere since the beginning of 2010, and is also 5 for 9 with a homer in his career against scheduled Sox starter Jake Peavy. Matt Harrison gets the nod for Texas. Good luck with that.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"We had so much fun during the climb to over .500 so much that we want to experience the thrill again!"

submitted by MtGrnwdSoxFan.

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