Once again the White Sox’s inability to get a clutch hit led to their downfall as the Sox dropped a 4-2 decision tonight to the Blue Jays in the second game of four north of the border. The South Siders managed just two runs on five hits with Juan Pierre collecting three of them.
Another familiar story was the ineffectiveness of reliever Tony Pena, who gave up three hits and an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. The fact that he’s counted on more than ever because of the newly-installed six-man rotation is a huge problem. If the truth be told, he’s been lousy since the beginning of the season and should be called upon only in mop-up situations. It’s as if we fans know something bad is going to happen when we see No. 57 enter the game.
Kenny Williams has said some changes may be made when the club returns from the 10-game road swing. With the Sox record now at 2-3 on the trip with five tough games ahead against the Jays (2) and Red Sox (3), something very well could happen.
KW had the opportunity a few weeks ago to keep Jeff Gray and dispose of Pena. Let’s hope he finds a way to do the right thing this time around via trade or designating him for assignment. In my view, it would be addition by subtraction. I’ll take my chances that his replacement won’t be much worse.
Pena: He Gone? We can only hope.
The last time the White Sox were rained out, a disaster ensued as the Sox played three games in 22 hours and lost two of them. Admittedly, the current situation in Boston is a bit different than it was in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago.
I don’t want to be the typical provincial fan who can’t see beyond his own team and, admittedly, I haven’t done the required research to make the case. But it’s hard for me to believe there’s a bullpen in baseball with as much quality and depth as the White Sox.