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A Long Day Ending In Long Faces

July 13th vs. the Phillies -- Game 2


Today's Game Rating:
Zero Stars
One run in 13 innings? C'mon! Cy Young's been gone a long time!

Short Take:The White Sox still have an aversion to scoring runs, losing 2-1 in 13 innings to the Phillies in Game 2 of a split doubleheader.

I love baseball, but is too much of a good thing just too much? It depends whom you ask. If your emotional energy is invested in a team that has a run-scoring allergy, it really can be too much. In the second game of today's split doubleheader, the White Sox lost to the Phillies 2-1 after having won the first game, 5-4.

The White Sox survived a Philadelphia endurance contest worthy of Rocky Balboa, playing 24 innings in order to split these two games. It doesn't have to be this way, though. If only the White Sox could find their way clear to advance runners and to get hits when those runners are in position to score, we might not be having this conversation.

But have it we must. This game was simply another verse sung to the same melody we've been hearing all year: solid pitching with tissue-thin run support. I mean, 13 innings and only one run? Those bats are in your hands for a reason, gentlemen.

Enough whining. Let's review: Hector Santiago started this game and did a fine job, throwing 7-1/3 innings and yielded only three hits with nine strikeouts. One of those hits was a solo home run by John Mayberry that tied the game and resulted in the lone earned run Santiago was responsbile for. He was followed by Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal, Ramon Troncoso, David Purcey, and Simon Castro. A lot of pitchers in a lot of innings.

But there were also a lot of hitters without much to show for their time. You'd think that, statistically, with 49 total plate appearances and only five strikeouts, the team could've produced more than one run. Apparently not. The Sox' lone run came in the fifth when they loaded the bases with no outs. Gordon Beckham hit a sacrifice fly to score Blake Tekotte from third. Jeff Keppinger followed that with a double play that snuffed out any chance for more to score.

And so it went. Resembling parts on a conveyor belt, Sox hitters came and went, scattering the occasional hit and mustering hints of an offensive threat, only to let it evaporate like drops on a hot sidewalk. Maybe instead of "Make An Impact," this year's slogan should be "Aim For A Soft Landing."

Gordon Beckham, one of the few bright spots in the batting order this year, suffered a nasty bruise on his leg when he and Casper Wells collided chasing a foul popup in the twelfth inning. Beckham came out of the game in the 13th and was replaced at second by rookie catcher Josh Phegley because nobody else was left. We hope, of course, that Beckham recovers quickly or else we may see the team's batting average fall to a level among the subatomic particles.

The Phillies won the game in the 13th on an RBI single by Michael Young to score Jimmy Rollins, who got on via a fielder's choice and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Besides knowing why they carry a bat, the White Sox need to take notes on how runs are to be scored when someone is actually on base.

21 runners left on base by our heroes. That's a lot of excess inventory; as evidenced by the recent departure of Matt Thornton, it looks like that inventory is priced to move.

WSI's
Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Down. "Stoney, you know who could've handled eight hours of low-scoring baseball?" "Let me guess, Hawk -- Yaz?" "No. I don't think even Yaz could handle this."


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