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Seven Long Ones Come Up Short

June 25th vs. the Toronto Blue Jays

Toon Squad Update:
Yosemite Sam
Y'varmints! Ka-pow! Pow! Pow! What? I lost anyway?

Short Take: Despite hitting a record-tying seven home runs, the Sox lost to the Blue Jays 10-8 on the South Side.

We've seen a lot of things this year. It's almost kaleidoscopic, the ways the White Sox have found ways to lose ball games. Today was a rare one: the Bridgeport bombers hit seven (seven!) home runs, but still lost 10-8 to the Blue Jays on a hot Saturday in Chicago. They tied a league record and still lost.

How can this happen, you ask? I was going to ask you the same thing. I think we'd both agree it had something to do with pitching.

Miguel Gonzalez started for our pinstriped preferences and gave up eight of those runs in only 5-1/3 innings. The Sox had come back riding the wave of their many homers to make the score 8-7 going into the ninth. With Gonzalez's ERA now over 5, it's safe to say he's not the answer to the back-of-the-rotation problem. Neither apparently is Michael Ynoa, who came into the ninth with the Sox down by one run, only to give up two more runs to the bluebirds. At that juncture it was 10-7 for the Molson Golden guys.

Adam Eaton hit his own homer in the bottom of the ninth to make it 10-8, and given the balls' attraction to distant seats, it wasn't unreasonable to expect they'd come back and win this. Jose Abreu followed Eaton's long one with a single; anticipation ballooned, only to have it deflated by Melky Cabrera's double play. We sighed and fell back into resignation.

Hard to knock it when they're knocking 'em out at that pace. But giving up ten runs is not a reliable way to win a game, even if it's accompanied by seven home runs. An amusing footnote is that it appeared the scoreboard had run out of fireworks: Eaton's homer (number seven on the day) was celebrated with the pre-game rockets from behind left field.

This exercise put the Sox back below .500 at 37-38, firmly in fourth place, ahead of only the comatose Twins. That's a pretty low bar. Ah, for those days so long ago (weeks) when the Sox were 13 games above .500, leading the division and filling our heads with dreams of the postseason! How young and naive we were.

That loquacious Sox fan, Bill Shakespeare, said it best: "Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises." Clearly he was at the ballpark today.

That's all folks:
Yosemite Sam fired his guns in all directions to no apparent purpose. Kind of like the White Sox today.

submitted by tebman.

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