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A Cold Team on a Cold Day

April 20th vs. the Minnesota Twins


Today's Game Rating:
ZERO STARS
Thirteen strikeouts + fourteen left on base + eight walks given up + one run scored equals zero stars.

Short Take:The White Sox were as cold as the weather, losing to the Twins 2-1 in 10 innings in frigid Bridgeport.

It was cold today. It was cold enough that the grass that suddenly greened after last week's rain had a light coat of frost this morning. It was cold enough that snow fell and actually stuck. And it was cold enough that the White Sox could lose 2-1 in ten innings against a weak Twins team and against a pitcher who gave up nine runs in one inning of work in his previous outing.

An odd game, this was. Jake Peavy started for the Sox against Twinkie starter Vance Worley, whose previous outing against the Mets was notable for its futility. The temperature on the South Side varied between the high thirties and the low forties, and the home-plate umpire, C.B. Bucknor, had a strike zone that would have been regarded as generous in a backyard-picnic game. The Sox first batter of the game hit a home run. The only thing missing was a full moon.

Actually, there were more things missing than a full moon: a Sox win, for one. This was a game they should have had in the bag, playing at home behind their strongest pitcher against a Minnesota team that's a shadow of the voracious piranhas of recent years. How did the Sox let this slip through their hands? Let us count the ways:

It started on a promising note with Alejandro De Aza's leadoff home run in the first inning. That was all these guys could promise though. They couldn't score again through ten innings. The Twinkles recorded a run in the third after a single by Josh Willingham scored Brian Dozier from second. Dozier had singled and moved to second on Joe Mauer's walk. The score was tied 1-1 and stayed that way until the 10th.

In the meantime it was strange. Bucknor, the umpire who apparently wore wide-angle contacts, awarded strikeouts to Peavy and Worley with equanimity and panache, doing an arabesque like a member of the Joffrey Ballet on called-strike three. Must be some aerobics thing he was doing.

This meant that everybody was swinging since the strike zone had expanded in volume, but not many could swing well. The Sox had thirteen strikeouts and the Northwoodsmen had nine. As a result the game lurched along in a one-run tie through nine innings.

In the top of the tenth Hector Santiago came in to pitch and gave up a leadoff double to Ryan Doumit. Eduardo Escobar hit a sharp grounder to short, but instead of making the easy out at third base to catch the advancing Doumit, Alexei Ramirez rushed a throw to first that firstbaseman Jeff Keppinger couldn't handle, and Doumit scored. That made the score 2-1 where it would stay.

I won't annoy you with the listless response by the White Sox. Suffice it to say that the pitchers gave up too many walks, the hitters gave in to too many strikeouts, and the fielders gave away too many outs.

Rick Hahn says it's too early to be concerned. I don't think he and I are reading the same clock.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
"Two thumbs down, Stoney, and I tell you what -- in my 53 decades in baseball I've never seen a team be this cold in April. Or May, or June, or..." "Thanks, Hawk. We'll be back tomorrow."


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