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Bleaker By The Dozen

June 21st vs. the Minnesota Twins

Daily Sox Crop Report:
A Dismal Yield
The younger shoots are growing slowly. It'll take a couple more seasons (and fewer Saturdays) for them to bear fruit.

Short Take:The Sox come up short for the 12th straight Saturday, losing to the Twinkies 4-3.

When the Sox held a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning of today's game I wanted to believe that they might do it. That they might win and break this bizarre 0-for-Saturday streak they've carried this year. But it wasn't meant to be. It falls to me to describe yet another in the Saturday losing sequence, an 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Twins.

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Welcome to last place.

This makes twelve Saturdays in a row, an even dozen (or to soften it a bit, three four-game Saturday losing streaks). It might be a statistical outlier, though as your Saturday TBGR scribe I prefer to take it as a personal affront. Every week I look for a happy ending as I push the paragraphs up the hill, only to see them roll back down in a pile of lame metaphors. Sisyphus was a friend of mine.

Let's review today's exercise. Andre Rienzo started for the Sox with the best of intentions. An average pitcher at best, he's not the guy you'd expect to break this sorry string. He didn't, of course, only lasting 4-1/3 innings after giving up four earned runs, the first of which he allowed on a bases-loaded walk to Sam Fuld. Andre, next time throw strikes when you're facing a .204 hitter with the bases loaded. Please?

The Sox got a run in the first in workmanlike fashion: a Conor Gillaspie triple and a Jose Abreu single. Another run was handed them in the second when Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. That was it, though. Our heroes couldn't do anything else with the bases loaded, but they held a 2-0 lead.

Sam Fuld's cheap RBI in the second made the score 2-1. In the Twinkies' fifth, Rienzo gave up a single and a hit-by-pitch, only to allow Joe Mauer to lash a long double that scored both runners. Kendrys Morales promptly followed with a single to score Mauer, making it a 4-2 game. That was quite enough for Rienzo. Scott Carroll came in to plug the dike.

There were glimmers of hope. Adam Dunn came within inches of a two-run homer in the fifth, but it was only a long strike that just missed the foul pole on the wrong side. Robin Ventura successfully challenged a safe call at second in the third inning: Brian Dozier singled to the left-field corner and tried stretching it into a double. Beckham laid the tag but Dozier was called safe. The magic headphones were applied to the umpires' pointed heads and Dozier was called out. That was nice.

Adam Eaton tripled in the top of the ninth and scored on a sac fly by Beckham to make it 4-3. Paul Konerko singled and Leury Garcia came in to pinch-run, but Abreu and Adam Dunn both struck out to deflate the balloon.

The White Sox are in transition -- I get that. But this twelve in a row on Saturday is simply weird. We're haunted by this Saturday drought. I think of the chains dragged by Jacob Marley in Dickens' A Christmas Carol: "I wear the chain I forged in life," he explained when Scrooge asked why he carried the heavy burden. The Sox are missing a number of links that they haven't forged yet, and the Ghost of Saturday Past has spooked us every weekend.


The Futures Market:
I'm cautiously recommending the Sox futures but selling hard on Saturdays.

submitted by tebman.

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