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Mr. Liriano? I Want You to Meet the Strike Zone

Today's date at Opponent's name

Today's Sox Crew:
Hole Excavators
Led by shift foreman Liriano, the White Sox dug an impressive hole that they found to be too deep to get out safely.

Short Take:After a wild third inning where he gave up five runs on his own wildness, Francisco Liniaro led the White Sox to a 9-7 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Maybe now we know why the Twins agreed to trade Francisco Liriano to the White Sox. The former Twinkie lasted only 3-1/3 innings after giving up six earned runs to the Oakland Athletics, setting the stage for the Sox' 9-7 loss tonight.

The Sox did score seven runs of their own, which should be enough to win a game most nights. But when your starter gives away six runs in the first three innings and your bullpen gives up three more before the game is done, seven runs won't cut it.

The White Sox scored early, gathering two of their runs in the second inning on a single by A.J. Pierzynski and a couple of doubles by Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers. A two-run lead looked good after Liriano struck out the first four hitters he faced.

In the third Liriano seemed to lose the ball's operating manual. He couldn't find the strike zone on most pitches and when he did, they were batting-practice meatballs. A single, a walk, a hit batsman, a single, another walk, a double, and finally another single. All this commotion led to five runs to give the green-clad creatures a 5-2 lead in the third. The A's got one more in the fourth to make it 6-2 after Coco Crisp doubled and Josh Reddick singled him home.

Our favorites kept chipping away with one in the fourth, two more in the fifth, and one more in the sixth to tie the game at six. Some excitement in those innings as Kevin Youkilis whacked a two-run homer in the fifth, Tyler Flowers hit a solo missle in the sixth, and A.J. got an RBI single in the seventh. 7-6 and all was well.

All was well, that is, until Matt Thornton came in to pitch the eighth and allowed Jonny Gomes to hit a solo home run, followed by back-to-back singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter. Enough of that...Brett Myers replaced Thornton, only to give up an RBI single to Brandon Inge. The seesaw tipped the other way as the score became 8-7 for the bay-area bad boys. Just to add more insult to this, the infidels got another run in the ninth. Now we cast our eyes to the illuminated display and see that the score is now 9-7 in the wrong direction.

Nothing changed thereafter; the Sox lost 9-7. Liriano was just bad tonight and put the Sox into a hole they couldn't climb out of. Anybody got the Twins' number? Maybe they'll take him back.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"Man, I'd appreciate this *%#@*# game a lot more if pitchers knew how to throw strikes!"

submitted by tebman.

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Tyler Flowers

Three for three with three RBIs and a home run to boot. Nice job, but couldn't you turn Liriano's pitches into strikes?

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