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A Texas Barbeque

August 19th vs. the Texas Rangers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Towering Inferno
This game raged out of control and nobody could stop it.

Short Take:The White Sox's crack pitching staff gave up 17 runs and the team made 3 errors to Lose (capital L) to the Rangers 17-7.

In the "Peanuts" comic strip of September 17, 1967, Charlie Brown looks forlornly behind the mound and says, "Nine home runs in a row!! Good grief! What can I do?!!" Schroeder, the catcher, comes to the mound and quotes from the Book of Job on the inevitability of trouble. Linus, Lucy, and the rest of the team join them and launch an extended discussion on the value of suffering. Charlie Brown stands bemused and laments that he doesn't have a ball team, but a theological seminary.

In Texas tonight, Derek Holland and Dylan Covey combined to give up 13 runs in the first four innings. Unlike Charlie Brown's team, there were no mound conferences ruminating on suffering. Somehow I can't picture the Sox infield debating Nietzsche's view on the nobility of pain. No seminary here. The Sox lost to the Rangers 17-7.

Besides, what good would a mound conference do? Chris Beck followed Holland and Covey and gave up three more runs of his own, reminding me of an indulgent party host buying an extra round for his guests.

Brad Goldberg came in after that and promptly hit the first batter he faced, then gave up a double and a walk to load the bases, setting the table for one more walk to force in a run. That didn't go well. Exit stage right. Enter Jake Petricka, who is in a fierce race with Goldberg and Covey to see who can be the first to get his ERA to 10.00. Petricka finished the game, though, without giving up a run. He's not going to crack that 10.00 ERA ceiling if he keeps this up.

It all looked so hopeful in the first inning. The guys carrying the bats for the White Sox scored five in the top of the first on some timely hitting, and looked good doing it. Holland struck out the first Texas batter in the bottom of the first. Hey, we thought, this might be a respectable contest. But the next three innings put that fantasy to rest. The Rangers scored 13 runs in the first four innings, giving the Sox a Charlie Brown-esque look.

The Sox picked up two more runs later in the game. A valiant but fruitless touch when your opponents have more than a 10-run lead. The Sox also committeed three errors, a common theme this season. The errors didn't help, but they weren't the reason the Rangers were able to get 20 hits, seven walks, and one hit-by-pitch. Those were gifts freely given by the Bridgeport batting-practice brigade.

I'll hum my mantra again: This Is A Rebuilding Year. Reynaldo Lopez has been called up, but he's hurt already. Lucas Giolito has just arrived, and Danny Farquhar, fresh from Tampa Bay via Charlotte, is right behind him. It'll be a while before we see Kopech, Dunning, Cease, or any of the other bright young things throwing off the bump at 35th Street. I know that we're enduring this comic opera because the Sox exchanged the present for the future.

So we suffer. We don't suffer in silence, but we suffer. Nietzsche would've really apreciated this, I suppose.

How do you spell relief? The Sox don't.

submitted by tebman.

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