Short Take: How predictable
The White Sox lost for the tenth time in eleven games to the Minnesota
Twins Tuesday evening at Comiskey Park. There was nothing very
remarkable about this defeat from any of the previous nine suffered at the
hands of the Twinkies. This one simply made it official--the Sox aren't
good enough to beat the Twins and haven't any business aspiring to a division
championship let alone anything approaching a celestial body's worth.
5-3 Twins. The Sox are four games under .500 and aren't even within
shouting distance of first-place so why bother measuring it.
Sure, we could have won this game. We could have won nearly any of
the others, too. Not withstanding some lucky breaks for the Twinkies, we
may well have won half or more of them. However there is never an excuse
for stupid baseball and the Sox had an abundance of it in this game.
There was the first inning when the Sox failed to score a single run with
Paul Konerko popping out to end the inning with runners at second and
There was Jose Valentin caught leaning the wrong way at first base
to end the third inning.
There was Carlos Lee grounding out to the pitcher with a runner at
second base in the fifth inning, and Magglio Ordonez popping out weakly
to the catcher to end the rally with the runner stuck on third.
There was Carlos Lee failing to get a deep sacrifice drive in the
seventh and Royce Clayton foolishly attempting to score off the arm of
Torii Hunter anyway--tagged out by an embarrassing distance.
There was Bob Howry giving up a two-run dinger to the first man he
faced in the seventh, saddling spot starter Sean Lowe with an
The 2001 Sox could have won this game three or four times over. They
didn't and that's why they are losers.
Three months left to go.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
|3 for 4
with a single, double, and homerun, an rbi and 2 runs scored.
He'll probably be benched tomorrow.
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