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Game 1 -- A Tedious Afternoon

May 9th vs. the Cincinnati Reds

Sox Project Update:
Broken Windows and A Leaky Roof
Call the shop again.
These guys don't know how to build a thing.

Short Take:The Reds ran all over the White Sox 10-4 in the first game of the rain-makeup doubleheader.

It's been said that matinees are lesser experiences than evening performances. The energy is lower, the understudies are too often used in place of the headliners, and the crowds are indifferent. At least that's how theatrical folklore goes.

Maybe there's something to that. We saw a matinee performance today by the White Sox that had it all: low energy, players who should be understudies and an indifferent crowd. The Cincinnati Reds outran, outpitched, and simply outplayed the Sox to win the game 10-4 in the makeup game from Friday night's rainout, the first of a Saturday doubleheader.

This was a rare appearance by the Reds on the South Side, as the interleague-play dance card doesn't pair these two clubs frequently. The Reds are fun to watch. They run the bases hard and at the right times. And their starter, Johnny Cueto is about as good as it gets right now, with his quick-pitch moves and his tricky delivery.


The White Sox are playing in a way that reminds me of people emerging from a dark cave. They blink in the bright light, bewildered by the buzz of activity around them (What's this? A breaking pitch? Wow -- can't swing at that!). Because I like animals I refuse to beat a dead horse, and these horses are about as dead as it gets right now.

How about the game? Yeah, how about that game. Hector Noesi started, and though he's nobody's first choice it was his turn in the barrel. And like the proverbial fish in that barrel he was hit by a line drive in the second inning (actually he was hit in the hip, but it occurred in the second inning). He came out of the game and was replaced by Scott Carroll, who pitched 4-2/3 innings of unplanned relief.

Carroll got the loss, having given up three runs during his stint. The Sox did nothing until the seventh when Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer, his first of the year. With a score of 3-1 you'd think the Sox would still be in it.

You'd think so.

Dan Jennings pitched 2/3rds of the ninth inning. In that short time he gave up six runs brought on by three hits, three walks, a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and a three-run homer. Mercifully, Jake Petricka came in to finish the inning and we tried to remember why we were feeling so good back in January.

The Sox pointlessly woke up in the ninth to score three more runs and deny Cueto the complete game he had clearly earned. An interesting footnote is that the Reds had three runners thrown out at the plate in this game. Goes to show that it could've been worse, I suppose -- it might have been 13-4 instead of only 10-4.

If this really was a theater troupe they'd be closing this show. But the schedule is fixed in place and we're committed to go through this until the end of September.

Rebuilding Recap:
The only structure these guys built today is a discharge pipe.

submitted by tebman.

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