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If Itís Saturday, It Must Be Bad News

June 14 vs. the Kansas City Royals

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Dust Storm
Old growth and new growth were blown away in a drought of hitting prowess and fielding skill.

Short Take:The White Sox were outhit, outfielded, and outpitched by the Royals, 9-1, for their 11th straight Saturday loss.

It's Saturday and the train keeps a-rollin'. The White Sox lost, this time to the Royals, 9-1, showing as much life as earthworms on the sidewalk after a summer rain. This makes eleven Saturday squanderings by the objects of our misplaced affection. That's got to be a record somewhere.

In my role as your Saturday TBGR emissary I attended today's contest, hoping for a change in fortune. After reaching the plateau of eleven losses on consecutive Saturdays I longed for something else to write about, and so I will.

Eleven is a significant number in mathematics, numerology, and ancient history. It's a prime number, meaning that in multiplication you can't get there from here. The Sox have that problem; there's nothing that can be combined on this team, at least on Saturdays, to get from here to there. Pitching might implode, hitting might vanish, and fielding might become a dark art. All three happened today, and that brings the prime-number significance of 11 straight Saturday losses into bright relief.

Hector Noesi started today and things looked promising. Two quick outs in the first on a flyout and strikeout. So far, so good. Two singles followed that gave us qualms, but another brisk strikeout and the moment passed.

Noesi was throwing more pitches than necessary in the first three innngs, and maybe that allowed the KC bluebloods to figure him out. The fourth inning was a spectacle of singles, walks, and a painful error that allowed five runs to score and led to Noesi's early removal. Javy Guerra came in from the pen and threw water on the fire.

Ah, that error. Leury Garcia was at third today for the Sox, and in that fateful fourth KC had loaded the bases with no outs. Lorenzo Cain hit a sharp grounder to third that had double-play written all over it, but it skipped through Garcia's glove into left field. When the dust cleared, two runs had scored and there were runners on first and third with still no outs. Two more singles followed, resulting in another run. Nori Aoki hit into a welcome double play, but another run scored anyway and sent a runner to third. That was followed by yet another single scoring run number five.

Having seen all this unfold and knowing the Saturday version of the White Sox as we do, it seemed wise to not chill the champagne.

The Kansans got a random run in the eighth on Mike Moustakas' solo home run to make it 6-0. But that wasn't quite enough, apparently, because in the top of the ninth the rude guests used Daniel Webb for batting practice, accumulating three more runs on line drives: two singles, two doubles, and a home run by Billy Butler. Webb has said he's working on throwing more strikes. Evidently.

There was not to be a shutout, however. Paul Konerko saw to that, hitting a solo home run in left-center in the bottom of the ninth. Our Captain also hit two singles earlier in the game, setting up situations with two men on base. Alas, only to see Tyler Flowers play the role of rally-killer he does so well, striking out and grounding out to end the feeble threats. 9-1 is how the curtain came down on this exercise.

The Sox scored a run in the eighth, only to lose it to a video-replay challenge. Adam Eaton singled and went to second on a wild pitch. After Gordon Beckham walked, Dayan Viciedo singled to right and Eaton charged into a close play at the plate. The call was safe, but Royals head usher Ned Yost challenged the call. A tedious delay ensued as the feckless umpires donned headphones, no doubt listening to a tape loop of Joe West's cowboy songs. They emerged signaling "out," causing the weary crowd, at least what was left of it, to sag back in their seats in tired resignation.

Maybe there is a Saturday curse. I didn't want to believe it, but the evidence is building. The numerology business with eleven is interesting, but I think we should call in experts. Declino alica! is cried by Harry Potter and his colleagues to deflect spells, but you need one of his wands to make it work. In The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss wrote of the chants of the king's magicians trying to remove a boy's hat. Maybe we could adapt it to remove Saturday losing streaks:

Hat on this demonís head,
Fly far away!

In the story, the magicians said the spell would work in ten short years. That's more than 250 Saturdays. I don't want to wait that long.

The Futures Market:
There's not much future on Saturdays for this year's crop.

submitted by tebman.

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