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Dog Day Afternoon

June 30th vs. the New York Yankees

Sox Crew
Unfinished Framers
Jake Peavy cleared the space for the crew but the tradesmen couldn't put up the walls. Got to swing the hammers if you're going to drive some nails.

Short Take:Despite Jake Peavy's complete 8-inning performance, the Sox bats could do nothing, losing to the Gotham Gorillas 4-0.

I remember reading that legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver appreciated getting beat in blowout games. The way he looked at it, the averages had to work out over time. So if your opponents score an excessive number of runs one day they're not likely to score much the next. I think he was on to something. After trouncing the Yankees 14-7 the night before, the White Sox were shutout today by the Manhattan Millionaires 4-0.

Every loss is disappointing, but this one was more so. It seems the Sox have developed a knack for not scoring much (or at all) when Jake Peavy ascends the mound. Peavy went all eight innings against New York: 11 strikeouts and no walks, giving up four earned runs. Peavy throws strikes, which is why there were 11 strikeouts, but it also means the opponents will get some hits. You'd think four runs should not be an insurmountable lead.

It was also 100 degrees in the Bronx today. Tough conditions, to be sure, but that door swings both ways. The billion-dollar babies were able to hit line drives in that heat, three of them for homers. The Sox, however, could only flail at Hiroki Kuroda's high fastball and his splitter, striking out 13 times. The Sultans of Steinbrenner had the aforementioned 11 strikeouts but were able to score four times in between those whiffs.

Not much else to say except to summarize how those rascals scored. They started early. Curtis Granderson, the second hitter of the game, homered to right in the bottom of the first. In the second, Nick Swisher singled and scored on a double by Dewayne Wise (two former Sox, an annoyance and a hero, coming back to haunt). One more scored in the fifth on a solo homer by Wise. I can't get too worked up about Wise's success; he's earned a lifetime pass from me for his role in saving Mark Buehrle's perfect game. The fourth run came in the sixth on a solo homer by Robinson Cano. That's it.

An oppressively hot day, a despised opponent, a shutout. A trifecta of annoyance. Sorry, Jake.

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