Make it losses in 6, then 7 straight games. The White Sox are in high gear, going backwards. No one has answers as to why the entire offense is in a deep sleep, or when they will wake up. It sure didn’t happen on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tuesday, the Sox matched their Monday total of 4 hits. Believe it or not, the Sox had actually tied with the Rays in the 5th inning. Yes, the Rays broke the tie in the bottom of the inning, But I am looking for positives here.
Chicago was looking for John Danks to give them a quality start. He did that and more, scattering just 7 hits, with 5 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. Danks even put the collar around Sam Fuld, who went hitless in 4 at bats. Unfortunately, James Shields did the same to the entire Sox team. Adam Dunn is still struggling, striking out another 3 times. I hate to always point to Dunn, but he is the most blatant of the cold bat crew. His 17 k’s in just 37 at bats isn’t helping his cause either.
To sum up the Sox night, Juan Pierre gets to second with 1 out in the 9th inning. if Dunn and Konerko can get a hit, Pierre scores, and the game is tied. So what happened? Dunn struck out on 3 pitches, Konerko on 5. Game over! That’s 8 pitches! At least Konerko fouled a few off, but still. Sox waste a great evening by Danks and Jesse Crain, lose 2-1.
On Wednesday, things went from bad to comical. Yes, the Sox dropped their 7th straight game, 4-1 to Tampa bay, but the Sox have started to make mistakes off the field of play now.
They did get a decent start from Phil Humber. Humber went just over 5 innings, throwing 1 really bad pitch that John Jaso, who deposited it in to right field. Humber would eventually give up 2 more runs, but with the way the Sox are hitting, he was destined to lose. He did.
Anyhow, Humber was in trouble in the 5th inning, when Pitching coach Don Cooper called the bullpen, not once, but twice. Unfortunately, he wasn’t calling the pen he was calling PR guy Pat O’Connell in the press box. Each time saying, “Ohman, Ohman”. Pat, who has a lot of authority with the Sox and recently got married (So he lost authority, at home–haha), could do nothing for him. Cooper finally figured out that he was using the wrong phone, but the in-between was hilarious. Cooper was seen motioning to the bullpen, with that exasperated look, or was it a pissed off look? They eventually sent Mark Buehrle down to inform Ohman to get warmed up. The White Sox, they’re here all night.
Soon after, AJ Pierzynski ran afoul of home plate umpire Brian Knight. Words were exchanged, with Pierzynski finally getting an early shower. Frustration is beginning to rear its ugly head around the Sox clubhouse.
The Sox only run came on a Carlos Quentin home run, but they should have had a couple more. Juan Pierre must hate all Ray left fielders, as Matt Joyce slammed in to the wall taking sure extra bases away from Pierre. We all remember Sam Fulds grab a couple weeks back, robbing Pierre as well..
Adam Dunn picked up a double, his 2nd as a member of the Sox. He is now hitting .175. He was even dropped in the order to take a little pressure off him. Dunn went to 5th while Quentin moved up to 3rd. Mark Teahen replaced Brent Morel for the 2nd straight night. There’s nothing up, it’s just the Sox are trying to find extra offense from any place they can.
I believe the Sox are gonna bust out real soon, and there’s some poor pitcher who’s going to take a beating. A few weeks from now we won’t even remember this blip.
Lets hope the Rays didn’t take the broom from the Angels, because they are going for the sweep tomorrow.