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Cornucopia of Choke

September 7 at Minnesota

Levels Finished:
Team stinks.

Short Take: The Sox offense blows chance after chance in a 5-4 loss to the last-place Twins.

The White Sox offense has put on a clinic in missed opportunities this year. The failure to get the big hit has cost them countless games throughout the 2011 season. You can add Wednesday night's game to that list, as the South Siders stranded 13 runners in a 5-4 loss to the hapless Minnesota Twins.

Let us count the blown opportunities:

1. The Sox place runners on first and second with one out in the first inning. A.J. Pierzynski flies out. Alex Rios grounds out. No runs.

2. The Sox place runners on first and third with no outs in the third inning. Pierzynski fans. Rios grounds into a double play. No runs.

(Isn't it great to have Pierzynski and Rios batting 4-5 in the lineup?)

3. The Sox get an RBI single from Paul Konerko and have runners on second and third with one out in the fifth. Lo and behold, Rios hits a sac fly. Alejandro De Aza grounds out. The Sox get two runs, but it could have been more.

4. Juan Pierre doubles home a run in the sixth and the Sox once again have second and third with one out. Alexei Ramirez grounds back to the pitcher on an awful 3-1 pitch. Konerko is intentionally walked and Pierzynski grounds out. Another opportunity wasted.

5. The Sox place runners on first and second with one out in the seventh. Omar Vizquel pops out. Brent Morel grounds out. No runs.

6. The Sox place runners on second and third with nobody out in the eighth. Konerko (3-for-4) picks a bad time to make his only out of the night. He pops out. Pierzynski gets an RBI on a weak grounder. Rios strikes out looking on a fastball right down the pipe.

(Isn't it great to have Pierzynski and Rios batting 4-5 in the lineup? At least they both showed "The Fire and the Passion" by breaking their bats after striking out in RBI situations.)

Sox lefty John Danks (6-11) isn't exactly earning that big pay raise he's looking for. The Twins hadn't scored any runs in 20 straight innings until they hit Danks with a four-spot in the third inning. The Sox found themselves in an early 4-0 hole. Frankly, they should have dug their way out and won the game, but, well, ya know, there's a lot of pressure when you're trying to knock in runs.

The Sox (71-70) settle for three out of four in this series. They'll come home to face the Cleveland Indians Thursday night. Right-hander Gavin Floyd (12-10, 4.45 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox. He'll be opposed by left-hander David Huff (2-3, 2.81 ERA). The game begins at 7:10 and you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
I no want to bat Viciedo fourth. Is too much pressure. Let the big boys handle it, like Rios and A.J.

submitted by JB98.

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