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Short Take: Fine effort wasted
Rocky Biddle deserved a better fate. So too, did Sox
Fans. The Chicago White Sox let three unearned runs score, spoiled a
fine effort by a rookie pitcher, caught a break to get the lead back, and then
collapsed like punks in the eighth and ninth to blow this game. It was
7-4, and a big, fat "L".
Biddle is in the rotation strictly because Cal Eldred is on the
DL. Biddle would have been in the minors right now if not for Mark
Buerhle's outstanding spring. Buerhle was promoted to the rotation
leaving Tucscon, opening a spot in the bullpen that Jerry Manuel gave to
So it's especially aggravating that such a fine performance by an
improbable pitcher should be wasted like this. Rocky Biddle pitched six
innings and didn't give up a single earned run. He made one mistake, a
Rob Fick double in the fourth inning, after what should have been the third
out. Next he served a gopher ball. All three runs were unearned.
Herbert Perry was the goat for the fourth inning error, but he had
given the Sox the lead with a solo homer in the second inning. Jose
Valentin doubled home Ray Durham in the fifth, narrowing the score to
3-2. It stayed that way till the eighth when Magglio Ordonez and Paul
Konerko hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game.
Next came the break Sox Fans have been searching for. Carlos Lee
singled to right and "slow-boat" Konerko was waved home from
second. A good throw nails him, but mental midget Robert Fick
inexplicably cut-off the throw in the infield, allowing the go-ahead run to
score unchallenged. Sox Fans haven't whooped it up this much at Fick's
expense since last April's fight.
Kelly Wunsch gave up a two-run dinger in the ninth. Bob
Howry gave up a triple to bring home two more Detroit runs. This
brain-dead outfit never had a chance.
More culprits? How about leadoff man Ray Durham reaching base
once in five at-bats. Frank Thomas was 1 for 4 with a
strikeout. Sandy Alomar and Royce Clayton were a combined
0 for 8 in the #8 and #9 hole.
Hole is the word for it.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
innings with eight hits and no earned runs, four strikeouts and no
walks. All he could have been was the loser in this game.
He was thankfully spared that fate.
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