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Lumber Slumbers Against Angels

April 21 vs. LA Angels


Toon Squad Update:
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Tried to pull a rabbit out of their hat. Oops, wrong hat!

Short Take:  Ailing Sox offense can’t wake up, although a semi-valiant attempt to awaken in the bottom of the 9th was at least interesting; Sox lose 3-2

Games started by White Sox starter John Danks are painful for me to watch. Danks usually takes several innings to settle in, and sometimes he never does. This game, Danks looked like he was laboring the entire game -- well, the entire 6 innings that he lasted. Fortunately for us, the Angels bats have been nearly as cold as the White Sox’ lumber. As such, no Angels made Danks pay for giving up three walks in the first two innings.

But the Sox couldn’t do much against Angels starter Jered Weaver, either, and the game remained scoreless and a bit of a yawner through 4 innings.

In the 5th inning Mike Trout broke the scoreless tie, hitting a 2-run bomb into the left field seats, while Sox bats remained continued to snore through the 6th.

After Danks’ line of 6 IP, 5 hits, 5 walks, and 2 ERs, and a million pitches, I was more than ready to see reliever Jake Petricka come into the 7th. Melky Cabrera took matters into his own hands in the Sox side of the 7th, cutting the lead in half with a single swing that deposited the ball into the right field seats.

After a scoreless top of the 8th by Petricka, Alex Avila tried to start something when he singled to center. He was replaced by pinch runner Tyler Saladino, who then became today’s first designated hope-basher when he got picked off.

The Angels tacked on one more in the 9th with a well-executed suicide squeeze against Sox reliever Zach Duke, one that perhaps the Sox should have anticipated after the first bunt went foul. But fear not - the Sox big bats (heh) were due up in the bottom of the 9th. Could they overcome a two-run deficit? Could they pull a rabbit out of their hat?

Things quickly turned bleak when Jimmy Rollins and Jose Abreu sat down after popping out and striking out. But hark! A breath of hope! In what might have been the last pitch of the game, Todd Frazier launched one into the center field seats, make it 3-2 Angels. Angels closer Huston Street was rattled. In several nail-biting at-bats, Street walked Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie. It was up to Austin Jackson. Jackson connected and let one fly that fell just short of going over the left field fence. Fly ball… caught. The collective groan from US Cellular was audible. It reminded me of this Rocky and Bullwinkle bit (yep, showing my age):

Bullwinkle: Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.

Rocky: Again?

Bullwinkle: Presto!

Lion: ROAR!!!

Bullwinkle: Oops, wrong hat.

The Sox split the series with the Angels, and get ready to face the Rangers at home for the next three days. I hope someone brings hats for Sox bats, because they need to get hot!

WSI's That's All, Folks:  Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak…”Whomever put the curse on Jose Abreu’s bat, please lift it now.”


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