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The Second City Sox Fall Short

August 23rd vs. the New York Yankees

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Weak Shoots
Weeds continue to grow in the outfield as new growth at second base tries to push through.

Short Take:The Sox lose their fifth in a row to the insufferable Yankees, 5-3, in the Bronx.

It was Joe Torre day at Yankee Stadium. Torre was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year and is fondly remembered in the Bronx, not least because he was able to satisfy both the collective egos of the players but also the pathological demands of George Steinbrenner. Torre's number was retired, making 18 uniform numbers that will be unavailable to future players. Maybe they'll have to do as is done with software releases: the next big Ruth or Gehrig clone could wear number 3.1 or 4.1; likewise, the next incomprehensible manager in the Stengel tradition could sport 37.1. It's an interesting thought.

Much more interesting than the game today, which the Sox lost again to make five in a row. The New York dandies beat our feckless bunch 5-3 after the usual assortment of bad fielding and untimely hitting.

Scott Carroll took the loss after giving up five runs in six innings, four of those earned. The score was tied 1-1 in the fourth when Brian McCann hit a fly to left that outfield impostor Alejandro De Aza let fall to his right after losing it in the big-city blue sky. Why De Aza continues to appear on a Major League roster is a mystery that may never be solved. Two runs scored that inning to make it 3-1 for New Yawk.

That inning could have been worse, since Carroll gave up a two walks, two singles, and another double that same inning. But only two runs scored, creating the illusion that the Sox were still in it. Our boys picked up one run in the fifth to make it 3-2 when Jose Abreu singled in De Aza, who'd walked and made it to second on a wild pitch by Gotham starter Hiroki Kuroda.

But the traditionally irritating Yankees scored two more in the sixth. Carlos Beltran hit an apparent home run, which the White Sox challenged. The video gamers determined that the Yankees needed another run, and the HR call was upheld. Martin Prado hit sharply to left and was thrown out at second, and that call was challenged by the yankers. To no one's surprise, the reviewers said the Yankees were correct and overturned the call, putting Prado on second. Prado later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

I trust that the commissioner's office is satisfied.

The Sox did find one more run in the seventh when Jordan Danks scored on a groundout by Carlos Sanchez, after moving to third on a double by De Aza. And I would be remiss if I didn't remark on the series debut of Carlos Sanchez, the 22-year-old successor to the recently departed Gordon Beckham. After going 3-for-4 yesterday, he was 1-for-5 today, but on balance he looks good. The White Sox gave Beckham six seasons to prove himself -- let's hope it doesn't take that long to make the call on Sanchez.

It was Saturday, of course, and the Sox lost again, of course. I've sung this tune so many times this season that I feel like a tin music box with permanently-etched notes, unable to croon a happier melody. As for New York, Sinatra sang that if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. But this year the Sox can't even make it Minneapolis, let alone New York.

Back to Joe Torre. He once said, "Unless you have bad times, you can't appreciate the good times." He must know something we don't.

The Futures Market:
Go long on Carlos Sanchez. Go short on Saturdays.

submitted by tebman.

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