“It went from a very good game to a very horse (bleep) game. It was a good game because we came back and battled back, but after the ninth inning, we (bleeping) stink. Flat-out stink.”
— Ozzie, after today’s frustrating extra inning loss to the Jays
Do you get the feeling that it’s just not going to happen for this year’s White Sox?
Today’s 14-inning, 9-8 loss had the unusual and the familiar. Under the umbrella of the unusual, Omar Vizquel played first base, Gavin Floyd was tagged with the loss in relief as he coughed up the game-winning homer to the once-harmless Corey Patterson and the Sox finally showed some life at the plate, coming back from deficits on three different occasions.
What was familiar is that the Sox twice couldn’t deliver the winning run with a man on third in extra innings and Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain couldn’t hold the lead as Juan Rivera‘s two out, three-run double off of Crain gave the Jays an 8-6 advantage in the seventh. Adam Dunn had a run-scoring single in the second inning, but was his usual inept self in other situations where the team needed him to come through. He still hasn’t gotten a hit off of a lefthander and his lack of production is getting old.
Perhaps a platoon is in order. How about calling up the red-hot Dayan Viciedo to hit from the right side or playing Brent Lillibridge (who hit a two-run homer and triple today) in right field and use Carlos Quentin as the righty DH.
After winning the series opener in Toronto after losing two of three in Texas, the Sox find themselves in a heap of trouble in the last four games of this 10-game road trip. It’s the finale against the Jays and the tough Ricky Romero tomorrow, then three vs. the Red Sox, the game’s hottest team.
The White Sox have a lot of questions as we complete the first two months of the season. The problem is that there are few answers as they drop six games below .500 and continue to frustrate their manager to no end.