After losing 4 straight on their home field, I thought the Sox would be happy to get out on the road. Unfortunately, they forgot their bats back in Chicago. The Tampa Bay Rays took it to the Sox, winning easily 5-0.
I guess I knew things weren’t going to go the Sox’ way in the first. After Chicago stranded 2 on in the top of the inning, the Rays came up and cashed in 3 in the bottom of the inning. The frustrating thing was Edwin Jackson gave up all 3 runs when 2 were out. Jackson dominated the Rays last week, and after the first inning pitched pretty well tonight, only giving up 1 more run. Since the Sox offense scored zero runs, it wouldn’t have mattered if Jackson pitched a no hitter like he did in his last start at Tropicana field.
I’m getting a little tired of Sam Fuld. The former Cub went 4-4 tonight, more than a week after he made an incredible diving catch on Juan Pierre’s ball in Chicago. Then tonight he made another sensational catch, robbing Brent morel of extra bases.
For the first time in 3 days, Matt Thornton got to pitch in a game. Guess what, he still doesn’t look very good. In his one inning of work he gave up a home run to Felipe Lopez, who is hitting .500 against the Sox this year. Lopez was 3 for 4, with 3 RBI tonight. I know Thornton will find himself, I just wish he could do it in a hurry.
It wouldn’t have mattered if Thornton struck out all 3 batters, ’cause the Sox offense was quiet. After those 2 hits in the forst inning, Chicago managed just 2 more the rest of the game.
I guess the silver lining is the Indians and Royals ae at the top of the division, and if history shows us anything, it’s that those 2 teams won’t reman there. The Sox needed to get off to a better start than this, but they will just have to start that tomorrow.
I just read that the Rays give out free pizza to all fans when their team strikes out 10 batters. The White Sox struck out 11 times, including 3 times for Alex Rios. I want to thank the Sox for trying to feed the many people of Tampa Bay.
No more PIZZA!! Go Sox!