Short Take: Much worse than the
As the month of April winds down, it's becoming very apparent there are
major league baseball jobs available on the Chicago White Sox' roster.
The Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games. They never looked like
they were in this game. Even in the ninth inning with the bases loaded
and just one out, you knew they were cooked. Pinch hitter Harold
Baines swung and missed for strike three, followed by leadoff man Ray
Durham completing a perfectly-awful 0 for 5 performance popping out weakly
to shortstop. 8-3 Seattle. Game over.
Was the outcome of this game ever in doubt? Be honest, Sox
Fans. The Sox and starter James Baldwin were down 6-0 early and
the team basically collapsed after that. Oh sure, Jose Valentin
(God bless, manos!) led off the fourth inning with a monster dinger. Magglio
Ordonez made Aaron Sele pay for a hanging curve ball depositing it into
the seats in left-center. An error and a hit batsmen made the bottom of
the ninth look like more of a rally than the anemic Sox offense had truly
delivered. Once Seattle's charity ended, the Sox folded the tent
Frank Thomas started at first base, stretched to stab a bouncing
shot along the baseline, and strained his right tricep. It will be a
while before you see him at first base again.
So who's role on the team is beginning to look the shakiest? Harold
Baines failed again in a pinch hit at-bat. His batting average is
now .105. Chris Singleton was 1 for 4 which actually served to
raise his pathetic .196 average. Royce Clayton sat on the bench
for the second consecutive night, and you have to wonder how much longer
spring training whiz kids like Gary Glover and Julio Ramirez are
going to stick.
May 1 is beginning to loom as a big day for changes on the Sox
roster. Too late of course to do Sox Fans much good, of course.
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in at third base when Frank Thomas left injured, 2 for 3 at the plate
and a couple nifty plays in field. Of course it wasn't nearly
enough to win this baseball game.
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