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The Streak Sputters to a Stop

June 2nd vs. the Seattle Mariners

Today's Sox Crew:
Explosives Specialists
The Sox brought in their explosive experts, both to ignite their own with ten runs and to light a 10-run fuse for the Mariners. Next time use the steamshovels, boys.

Short Take:Back and forth they went through 12 innings, but the Mariners prevailed by out-pounding the Sox 10-8 in Chicago.

It didn't have to end this way. The White Sox scored eight runs on eleven hits, four of them homers. That should be enough to win a game and maintain a winning streak, wouldn't you say? But the Sox pitchers gave up ten runs to the Seattle Mariners on a lovely summer Saturday in Chicago and lost the game 10-8 after 12 long innings. They also lost the chance to win ten in row. Though we knew the streak had to end sometime, this was an ugly way to do it.

Oh, the Sox got four homers all right, but the Mariners got four of their own, all courtesy of starter Gavin Floyd. He's become a mystery, this Floyd fellow. His last several starts have been fair to poor and today he seemed to emerge as Seattle's personal batting-practice pitcher. Floyd gave up home runs in each of the first four innings that were worth five runs to the Puget Sound Pounders. Ichiro Suzuki has only hit three homers all season, and two of them came today off Floyd's pitches. Floyd worked five innings to achieve what he did: five earned runs on nine hits. A few strikeouts too, but when the Mariners weren't striking out they were getting hits.

This taffy-pull lasted 12 innings and took 4 hours and 16 minutes to finish. Scoring was a slalom course that I'll try to describe in a way less tedious than the game itself.

Things started badly when Ichiro hit a homer to right on Floyd's third pitch. Justin Smoak led off the second inning with a home run of his own, making it 2-0 for the Mount Rainier Mashers. In the bottom of the second the White Sox tied it after Alex Rios' single and A.J. Pierzynski's homer. Felt good, but not so fast: Ichiro led off the third with another homer to make it 3-2.

The Sox tied it again in the bottom of the third when Orlando Hudson led off with a double and came home on Gordon Beckham's single. Ah, that's better! But what's this? Mike Carp singled for the M's in the fourth and Michael Sauders homered to make it 5-3 for the Starbucks bunch. Sigh.

But hey! Alex Rios led off the Sox fourth with a solo homer of his own. Now it's 5-4 for the intruders and we're only in the fourth inning. Lots of time, right? That's right, because in the Sox' fifth Alejandro De Aza singled and came home on Gordon Beckham's two-run homer. Another swap of the lead and it's 6-5 in favor of the Bridgeport Boys. Our heroes picked up one more in the seventh when De Aza singled and stole second. Beckham singled him home, making it 7-5 Sox.

But hey, what? The rude guests scored three more runs in the eighth to give them an 8-7 lead over the Sox and risking whiplash for the paying customers as they watched the lead change hands yet again. Jesse Crain was pitching by this time and gave up a leadoff walk to John Jaso and a single to Saunders to put runners on first and third. Brendan Ryan doubled them both home, and later stole third and came home on Pierzynski's throwing error. Fans flopped back into their seats as the Sox fell behind again.

Don't make dinner reservations yet! Dayan Viciedo connected with one of his all-or-nothing swings and homered to tie the game 8-8. Ah! The adrenaline is running again. The Sox had a chance to put it away in the ninth when De Aza singled again with one out. Beckham hit a soft pop to short and De Aza, apparently under the sway of a brain cramp, was doubled-up at first. He had been inexplicably running toward second as the soft fly was being caught and froze on the basepath. Amid cries of "What are you thinking," the crowd flopped back into their seats.

At this point we weigh anchor and set sail into extra innings. The Sox go down quietly in the 10th and 11th, but in the top of the 12th Mariner Jesus Montero led off with a double off Addison Reed. Montero scored on another double by John Jaso, which was followed by an RBI single from Chone Figgins. Now it's 10-8 Seattle and spot starter Jose Quintana is brought in to relieve Reed. Robin Ventura said later that Quintana was due to stretch today, but that's another way of saying that the Sox were out of pitchers. Everybody into the pool!

The Sox went down with a whimper in the bottom of the 12th. Reed took the loss and the nine-game winning streak came to an inglorious end. We can look at several factors: Floyd's generosity toward Seattle hitters, the 15 strikeouts by the Sox, De Aza's Wile E. Coyote moment on the basepaths, A.J.'s throwing error, Hudson's inexperience at third, or the 0-for day for both Dunn and Konerko. Maybe it's simply the law of averages catching up with the Sox, but dammit, it didn't have to end this way.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 "I'd appreciate 12 innings a lot more if my pitchers weren't giving up ten #@*%#* runs!"

submitted by tebman.

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