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Gavin Gives It Away

August 4th vs. the LA Angels of Wherever


Today's Sox Crew:
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The Sox Crew's front men were not able to route the plumbing without leaking baserunners and runs.

Short Take:Gavin Floyd could not throw strikes and Matt Thornton could not hold an opponent as the Sox lose in extra innings to the Angels, 6-5, on a wet night on the South Side.

The Official Baseball Rules make it pretty clear: "The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the knee cap."

Will somebody explain that to Gavin Floyd?

Due in large part to Floyd's inability to understand where to find the strike zone, four runs were given up in the first two innings, leading to a 6-5, 10-inning White Sox loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Ahaheim, Cucamonga, Disneyland, or wherever the hell they're from.

Floyd looked utterly at sea out there, hoping that the pitches he threw would find their way to the plate. He opened by hitting leadoff man Mike Trout with a pitch, giving up a ground-rule double to Maicer Izturis, giving up an RBI single to Albert Pujols, who promptly stole second. All this before the first out was recorded. He finally got the first out when Mark Trumbo grounded into a fielder's choice, but that was also good for another run.

But Generous Gavin wasn't done. He then walked Kendrys Morales, Alberto Callaspo and Howard Kendrick in succession, scoring Trumbo. Incredibly, he struck out the next two batters to finally end the first inning with the Sox losing 3-0.

Gavin's gift kept on giving, as he gave up another run in the second by yielding a leadoff single to Mike Trout (the Angelenos batted around in the first), and when Trout found his way to third after a groundout and a fly-ball tag-up, Floyd wild-pitched him home. That's four runs courtesy of the bounteous right arm of Gavin Floyd.

The Sox scored one in the first off Kevin Youkilis' solo homer, suggesting that the Sox would still be in this game despite Floyd's philanthropy. And it looked like they might, since the LAAofA didn't score for the next four innings. The Sox got one more in the third after Alejandro De Aza doubled and advanced to third on a Dunn flyout, then scored on a ground ball by Paul Konerko. Another chime rang out when A.J. Pierzynski homered in the sixth to bring our pinstriped pals within one run, 4-3.

But the Anaheimers got one more in the seventh when Pujols hit a solo shot, desperately trying to justify his immense salary. That made it 5-3 and Floyd was still pitching. Looks like closing time, huh?

Not so fast. In the bottom of the seventh De Aza led off with a single and Youkilis followed that with his own home run to tie the game 5-5, where it would stay through the regulation nine. Into the uncharted tenth inning we go.

Matt Thornton, part fastballer, part gas-can, pitched the tenth and gave up a double to Callaspo and an RBI single to Kendrick. That took the starch out of the crowd and they watched the White Sox feebly go down in the bottom of the tenth. 6-5 was the final.

In 1951 the cry among fans of the pitching-thin Boston Braves was "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain." Watching Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber bumble through starts the last two nights, the Sox faithful can take up a version of that cry, coined by another insightful fan: "Jake and Sale and pray for hail."

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KW Appreciates The Game:
 "I appreciate Gavin Floyd. At least I do on the days he doesn't pitch!"


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