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For Whom the Belisario Tolls

May 24th vs. the New York Yankees

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Crop Disease
A hopeful early crop is cut down by an infestation of ninth-inning meatballs.

Short Take:Ronald Belasario blew a 3-0 lead with two outs in the ninth and Zach Putnam gave up the winning run as the Sox wasted a great start by John Danks to lose 4-3 to the Yankees.

The White Sox lost today to the insufferable New York Yankees, whose legacy of money and bulldozing of championships is well understood. The final score was 4-3, which on first reading suggests a tight, exciting afternoon of competitive play. It wasn't.

The Sox led 3-0 going into the ninth inning. John Danks had pitched his best game of the season through eight innings, yielding no runs and only three hits. Ronald Belisario was brought in to pitch the ninth. This was a save situation, as the Sox held a three-run lead over the Manhattan millionaires. Belisario had two outs and a runner on second, then in succession handed over a double, a single, a walk, and another single to tie the game at three. When the third out was mercifully recorded he left the field amid a a hail of boos and angry howls from the previously-festive crowd of over 33,000.

We had hope as Belisario was followed in the tenth by Zach Putnam, but he gave up a solo homer to Jacoby Ellsbury to make it 4-3. Inexplicably, Alejandro DeAza was sent to pinch-hit in the bottom of the tenth and struck out, as did Leury Garcia. After Adam Eaton's never-say-die single, Gordon Beckham struck out to end the madness.

It's too bad on several levels. Among them, of course, is that the Sox lost to the bejewelled Bronx dandies. Another is that Danks' great performance was utterly wasted, and further that our wilting blossoms had a chance to go above .500 and build momentum toward a better season, but they gave it away.

Ah, and lest we forget! This game was the penultimate Chicago installment of the Derek Jeter Farewell and Obsequious Accolade Tour. Jeter went 0-for-5 today, but it was worth noting that each plate appearance, each ball, fair or foul, struck by his bat, and each play that occurred on the field represented the last of its kind to be seen in the presence of Derek Jeter on a May Saturday in Chicago. When the definitive history of Yankeedom is etched in the dome of Valhalla, it will show that Derek Jeter simply was. And that is quite enough. Now go away.

The Sox' three runs came in the first in a happy series of base hits and productive outs. Rookie Vidal Nuno started for the the galling Gothamites and wasn't fooling anybody. Adam Eaton led off with a sharp single, followed by another from Gordon Beckham. Dayan Viciedo then spanked a double to drive in Eaton. Adam Dunn's sacrifice fly brought home Beckham, and Viciedo scored on a groundout by Alexei Ramirez. The Sox were cruisin', and the game had just started. Things were looking equally productive in the second until the umpires showed up.

Let's get something out of the way: I don't like umpires. They are an intrusive presence on the field and are increasingly superfluous as technology makes possible accurate and indisputable calls. The new video review process is, I think, the first step in their elimination. Between PitchTrax, video imaging, and other emerging tools, the dark-suited ones' days are numbered. Today further confirmed my belief.

I was able to attend today's game and watched this play unfold: Marcus Semien led off with a single. Adrian Nieto followed with a single to right that sent Semien to third. The throw from right was cut off, catching Nieto in a rundown. He successully evaded a tag and was called safe at second. At this point, Joe Girardi sprang from the dugout and introduced himself to the umpires as a representative of very influential people in New York. "Oh!" cried the umpires, and they huddled in conference. After enough time had passed to suggest that some thought was involved, Nieto was called out at second. Robin Ventura came and asked, not unreasonably, how the other two umpires could have an opinion on a play they were not able to see. With this he was ejected by second-base blueshirt Dan Bellino. A visit to the link at his name will explain what we have to deal with as long as these guys contaminate the ballfield.

Why is Belisario pitching in the ninth? we ask. The answer is that the White Sox don't have any better options. The bullpen is a collection of spare parts that have been strung together in the hope that their collective fingers will plug the dike until real pitchers can be obtained in trades or signings. In the meantime we get the indigestion-inducing spectacle of the Sox blowing a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth to a bunch of poseurs like the Yankees.

One more game tomorrow against the fat-wallet bunch. I hope Jeter has a tedious trip home.

The Futures Market:
There is no future in Ronald Belisario as a closer. Sit on your investment for now

submitted by tebman.

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