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A Wasted Peavy Beauty

April 28th vs. the Boston Red Sox

Today's Sox Crew:
Hole Diggers
Jake Peavy laid a lovely foundation but the Sox offense dug a hole under it.

Short Take:Jake Peavy pitched a complete game but gets no run support, losing 1-0 against the Red Sox.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." Teddy Roosevelt said that in 1899 and he could have said it tonight.

Jake Peavy pitched a complete game, giving up one run on four hits with seven strikeouts, but still lost to the Boston Red Sox 1-0. The White Sox have gone 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position over the last two nights. Roosevelt was right: failing is hard, but it is worse, far worse, to not have tried to succeed. Leaving that many RISP is to not have tried to succeed.

What could they do differently? Send Gordon Beckham to AAA to learn to hit? Tell Alex Rios to adjust his swing to the situation? Get De Aza and Viciedo to stop flailing at pitches out of the strike zone? There are plenty of things that could be done differently, but we're stuck watching this season unfold and hoping these guys figure it out.

The only story here tonight was Jake Peavy, a man who deserved much more than he got. The one run he gave up came in the top of the fourth when Ryan Sweeney hit a leadoff double that was an annoying spurt falling just out of Beckham's reach near the right-field foul line. Adrian Gonzalez singled to right, driving in Sweeney. That was it: 1-0 Boston, and there it would stay.

There are eerie parallels to the period following Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game. The White Sox seemed to lose their compass after that triumph, losing frequently and looking bad doing it, and now they're doing it again. Philip Humber mows down 27 hitters last Saturday and the team becomes feckless and flaccid the following week. They've lost five in a row and it doesn't have to be this way.

Paul Konerko joins Jake Peavy as a model of consistency. Paulie hits the pitches he's given and Peavy pitches the hitters he's given, and both do it in workmanlike fashion. Not so with the rest of the lineup. The hitters don't seem to adjust or even know that they have runners on base; we have to wonder what they're thinking out there.

Can we blame the Sox' lack of production on cold weather, the change in the coaching staff, or the quality of the clubhouse coffee? I think to best answer that question we should turn again to something said by Teddy Roosevelt:

"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I really appreciate Jake Peavy, but I wish the hitters did too."

submitted by tebman.

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