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Santiago Blows Up

April 25 at Oakland


Today's Sox Crew:
Explosives Technicians
The Sox blew up their own house today.

Short Take: Paul Konerko hit his 400th career home run, but the milestone blast went to waste when closer-for-now Hector Santiago imploded in the 14th inning.

First for the good news: Paul Konerko hit his 400th career home run Wednesday afternoon in Oakland. It was a big one, too. With the White Sox trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth, Konerko picked on a first-pitch fastball from Oakland closer Grant Balfour and put it over the wall in left field to tie the game at 2-2.

Too bad the Sox ended up losing 5-4 in 14 innings, but we'll get to that sad tale in a moment.

First, a couple more facts about Konerko. Of his 400 home runs, 393 have come with the White Sox. That ranks him second in club history behind Frank Thomas (448). Konerko joins Thomas and Andruw Jones as the three players to club their 400th career homer while wearing a White Sox uniform. Konerko ranks ninth among active MLB players in home runs and 48th all-time.

Our congratulations go out to Paulie, and hopefully there are another 100 or so home runs in that bat before all is said and done.

For a few moments, it looked like we might have a second milestone in today's game. Rookie reliever Nate Jones was in line for his first career win after working spotless innings in the 12th and 13th. The Sox took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 14th on a two-out, two run double by Alexei Ramirez.

Alas, it was not to be. "Closer" Hector Santiago (0-1) imploded in the bottom of the 14th. After retiring his first hitter, he gave up a base hit to Josh Reddick and a game-tying homer to Yoenis Cespedes. Santiago has already blown two saves and given up four home runs this season. It has become clear his center-cut fastballs and hanging screwballs are fooling nobody.

After giving up the lead, Santiago gave up the game. The next three batters after Cespedes all singled. Kila Ka'aihue's RBI hit finished the rally. The A's won 5-4 and celebrated like they had won the World Series. Ugh, I hate Oakland.

The White Sox deserved to lose this game. Without question, it was their worst game of the season in terms of offensive execution. Numerous scoring opportunities were squandered:

In the second inning, the Sox got three straight hits (single, single, double) but did not score because Konerko got thrown out at second trying to advance on a wild pitch.

In the sixth inning, Alejandro De Aza's leadoff double was wasted.

In the seventh inning, Kosuke Fukudome hit an RBI double and was at third base when Brent Morel botched a squeeze play. The pitch was down and away - a difficult pitch to bunt - but Morel didn't even offer at it. Fukudome was hung out to dry and tagged out.

In the eighth, Eduardo Escobar drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. And there he stayed as three Sox hitters failed to come through.

In the 13th, the Sox had first and second with nobody out -- until pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge got picked off second base. Pinch-runner Gordon Beckham was thrown out later in the inning trying to score on a double by Alex Rios.

Finally, Ramirez came through in the 14th, but nothing was going to turn out right on this day. The Sox complete their West Coast road trip with a 4-2 record, and come home to face Boston Thursday night. Phil Humber (1-0, 0.63) will make his first start since tossing a perfect game in Seattle. He'll be opposed by Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.94 ERA). The game begins at 7:10 and will air on WGN.

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What kind of ****ing bull**** is this? What the **** is going on out there?


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