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Pretty Lame

(June 16)

Short Take:  Corpse ball returns

Carlos Lee batted in a run in the fourth inning and Paul Konerko hit a two-run dinger in the seventh.  That's the full sum of Sox highlights from this disaster.  The Sox made yet another pathetic pitcher look like Cy Young.  Dustin Hermanson carved up a Sox line up filled with ballplayers who have no business playing everyday or, in some cases, ballplayers who shouldn't even be in the big leagues.  Sox lose to Saint Louis 8-3 in a blowout.

Kip Wells suffered his worst outing in nearly a month, shutting out the Cardinals for the first four innings but finally collapsing in the fifth, hitting two batters and allowing three hits for five runs by the Cards.  Yes, there is reason to believe both batters were diving over the plate and neither made much of an effort to get out of the way as the rules require.  The homeplate umpire was never in control of this game finally having to chase hothead Edgar Renteria for arguing balls and strikes.  His team was up five runs at the time.  What the hell was he thinking?  Tony LaRussa brings out the best in everybody, eh?

You can hardly blame Wells for pressing a bit.  His teammates were giving him no room  to maneuver.  Hermanson left after five innings having thrown just 84 pitches to the impatient Sox.    The top-four in the Sox line up were a combined 3 for 13 at the plate.  Don't laugh--the bottom-three were a combined 0 for 10.  Ray Durham reached base once with a double.  He also struck out twice.

He's a streaky little bastard, isn't he?

Rooney and Farmer spent the afternoon alternately complaining about the St. Louis heat, Fox Sports, Josh Paul's mental gaffes, and Royce Clayton's salary.  They were dead-on with the truth, every time.

The Sox used five different players that started this season at Charlotte.  All of them were promoted as a result of injuries.  Meanwhile early-season busts like Royce Clayton get to play everyday because Jerry Manuel has nobody else left to use.

Pretty lame.

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Paul Konerko

The world's tallest midget for his 2-run homerun that accounted for two-thirds of the Sox's offense.  How did the Sox even manage three runs?

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