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Cold Bats on a Wet Night

May 12th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Today's Sox Crew:
The Sox could make no progress tonight, limiting themselves to cleaning out the pipes instead of building a better structure.

Short Take:Chris Sale couldn't get his pitches to work and neither did the Sox bats as they were shutout by the Royals 5-0 in rainy U.S. Cellular Field.

Somebody tell the White Sox that the Royals are in town. Kansas City is a team the Sox should be able to beat. Apparently Chicago didn't get the memo, because our hapless heroes were shutout 5-0 by the Royals on a rainy night on the South Side.

It started bad and didn't get better. First there was a long rain delay. Then Chris Sale, he of the fastball and bright future, walked the first two batters he faced. He gave up a single to Alex Gordon, loading the bases before he recorded his first out. An error by Gordon Beckham and a another single later, and the Royals led 3-0 by the time the inning was over. It was plenty ugly but I suppose it could have been might have snowed too.

The Sox were facing Luke Hochevar, a guy who will never be mistaken for Cy Young. But no matter. The White Sox often seem mystified by pitchers with ERAs well over 7, and tonight was no exception. While Sale tried to find the operating manual for his fastball, Hochevar was manually operating the White Sox hitters. He only gave up three hits in seven innings as he struck out five. When the Sox did make contact the result was a series of feeble popups and weak grounders.

The Royals picked up two more runs in the eighth. With one out, Will Ohman was brought in to pitch. After getting the second out, Ohman gave up a single to Irving Falu, then balked him to second. Zach Stewart replaced Ohman and promptly gave up a double to Alcides Escobar, scoring Falu. Next, Humberto Quintero singled home Escobar, making it 5-0 as the White Sox continued to collapse like the wet cardboard underneath the seats.

A digression here: as noted above, Ohman balked in the eighth. Little noted was the presence of MLB embarrassment Joe West, who was playing the role of umpire at first base. Maybe Ohman balked and maybe he didn't, but there sure seems to be a lot of balks when West is around. A generation or so from now we'll see baseball being adjudicated by high-speed processors receiving microwave images of ball trajectory, tag application, and pitchers' movements, and our grandchildren will be asking how on earth the game could have been played when decisions were made by deeply-flawed human umpires. We will sigh deeply and tell them tales of Joe West.

That's enough digression but there's not much more to say about this game except the Sox looked bad. No pitching, no hitting, nohow.

Did I mention it rained?

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate that our guys didn't move the bats enough to get them wet."

submitted by tebman.

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