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Ohman, that sucked

May 2 vs. Cleveland

Today's Sox Crew:
Imprecise carpentry
An inexperienced foreman gave a second-rate carpenter a task he could not handle, causing a wall in the Sox kitchen to crumble to the ground.

Short Take: White Sox pitchers walked eight batters and paid for it in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

We can only hope rookie manager Robin Ventura will soon learn reliever Will Ohman cannot be trusted in tight situations. Ohman’s lousy pitching started a bullpen meltdown that caused the White Sox to lose 6-3 to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night.

Believe it or not, Ohman worked a scoreless seventh inning in relief of starter Phil Humber to keep the score tied 3-3. At that point, Ventura probably should have gone to somebody else. Instead, he pushed his luck by sending Ohman (0-1) back out for the eighth inning. Bad move, Robin. Ohman retired his first two hitters, then hung a breaking ball that Michael Brantley hit for a single. Next, Ohman committed a cardinal sin by walking the .143-hitting Casey Kotchman.

With two on and two out, Ventura realized the error of his ways and got Ohman the hell out of there. Unfortunately, it was too late. Addison Reed could not clean up the mess as Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan doubled down the left field line to give the Indians a 4-3 lead.

Things would only get worse in the ninth as Matt Thornton threw gas on the fire with a walk to Asdrubal Cabrera. Predictably, Travis Hafner followed with a two-run homer to give Cleveland its final margin of victory.

Walks plagued White Sox pitching throughout as Humber issued six free passes over his six innings of work. The right-hander managed to wiggle out of bases-loaded jams in both the first and third innings, but he finally got burned for his wildness in the fifth. With the Sox ahead 1-0, Humber walked Cabrera with two outs. Hafner reached on an “single” that Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham should have turned into the third out of the inning. As Hawk would say, Beckham “didn’t get his skirt down,” the ball snuck under his glove and the rally continued. Carlos Santana made Humber and Beckham pay with a bomb of a 3-run homer that put the Indians ahead 3-1.

The Sox did get right back in the game in the bottom of the inning when Alexei Ramirez delivered a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded. That tied the game at 3-3, but that would be all the offense the Sox would generate for the rest of the night. Adam Dunn had another decent showing at the plate. He hit a solo home run in the fourth to account for the Sox first run of the game and finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Ramirez also turned in a terrific defensive play in the seventh, diving to his right to stop a grounder and throwing out Hafner from his knees. Aside from that, there wasn’t much to get excited about in this one.

The loss knocks the Sox (12-12) a game behind the Indians (12-10) in the AL Central race. The rubber match of this three-game set will take place Thursday night at 7:10. It will be a battle of struggling Opening Day starters as the Sox will send lefty John Danks (2-3, 6.23 ERA) to the hill. He’ll be opposed by Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson (0-2, 5.40 ERA). The game will air on WCIU.

KW Appreciates The Game:
“I’d appreciate it if someone would throw the ****ing ball over the ****ing plate.”

submitted by JB98.

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