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Don’t Walk THIS Way: Free Passes Cost Sox the Game

May 19 at LA Angels

Today's Game Rating:
Nothing to see here.

Short Take:  Angels collect multiple Peavy-autographed free passes, and cash them in for a win; Sox lose 6-2, split series with Angels

Did you see that black cloud hanging over the Sox dugout today at Angel Stadium? Oh, good, neither did I - it’s an imaginary black cloud. But Sox fans might tell you this: Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean that it’s not real.

I felt pretty good about the White Sox’s chance of taking the series with a win on Sunday. They were facing Jason Vargas (2-3, 4.03 ERA), and starting bulldog/pitcher Jake Peavy was taking the mound. Yes, Saturday’s loss to the struggling Angels in Los Angeles (or Anaheim, or Los Angeles/Anaheim, or wherever-the-heck-that-actually-is) was ugly. But the Sox had won four of their last five, and showed signs of an offensive resurgence, including the whiff (hah) of a rebound from Adam Dunn.

But the black clouds re-gathered and today’s White Sox team looked remarkably like that flat April team we’ve come to know well and, er, love.

Jake Peavy entered this game with a 5-1 record and a 2.96 ERA and had given up only eight walks in 45.2 innings pitched. As such, I never would have guessed that today’s loss would largely be attributed to Peavy giving up five walks in six innings, including walking in two runs. Peavy started strong, but ran into trouble throwing strikes mid-game. When his slider began to miss by an Alabama country mile (despite a rather wide strike zone), Angels hitters displayed tons of patience at plate. In the third inning, Peavy gave up a dreaded leadoff walk to no. 8 hitter Chris Iannetta (who was hitting all of .198 on the season). Hits by J.B. Shuck and Erick Aybar followed, allowing two runs to score.

An audible “Godblessit!” or two apparently did not help Peavy find the strike zone. In the fourth, he gifted a DLW to Mark Trumbo, who eventually strolled home after a hit and two more walks – one to Ianetta (yes, again). Two batters later and bases still loaded, Peavy got Aybar to an 0-2 count, then walked him, handing the Angels another free run. When the fourth inning ended, the Angels had taken a 4-0 lead and hardly had to work for it. The Angels capped it off with two more runs in the eighth when reliever Brian Omogrosso gave up a single, a walk, and a double.

The Sox offense is notoriously weak against soft-tossing lefties, and today’s performance against Vargas was no exception. Sox batters scattered five hits over the game, and drew seven walks (the Angels got six walks). Yet the Sox offense could not put anything together and never really threatened. It took a pitching change in the eighth to get on the board, when reliever Dane De La Rosa had trouble finding the strike zone. Alexei Ramirez walked and Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double to score Alexei.

In the top of the ninth, the Sox drew a few walks and scored a meaningless run, but no rays of sunshine or silver lining could be found, as Ramirez flew out to right to end the game. I seriously hope the Sox left their black cloud on the tarmac at LAX, as they headed back to Chicago to face the Other Sox. Monday’s game is at 7:10 pm; Dylan Axelrod (1-4), 4.27 era takes on Jon Lester (6-0), 2.72 era.

Of note:

  • Jeff Keppinger was 2/3 with a walk.
  • Dunn, who left yesterday’s game with back spasms, but probably talked his way back into the lineup today, was 0/3 with 3 Ks and a walk.
  • Paul Konerko? Paging hitter Paul Konerko? Please come back soon, the Sox need you.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
 Hawk: "Thumbs down for the loss and no more Wimpy for a while. It's back to Chicago and Stone Poney...oops, is this mike on?" Wimpy: "Thanks, Hawk, keep my seat warm!"

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