Tuesday, June 3, 2008

6-1-08: Sox 3 - Rays 4

June 1, 2008 - Tampa Bay, Florida

Extra upset.

Thirteen hits. No walks. No errors. That's the bottom line for the White Sox in the first game of June. Why, oh why, could they only muster up three runs? I'm afraid that I don't have a definitive answer for that. Especially when two players accounted for six of those thirteen hits.

Mark Buehrle pitched decently and the bullpen was more than adequate. The Sox offense got it done, but not at the right times. Maybe that is why Ozzie is going ballistic lately. It's got to be frustrating to manage a team that gets the opportunities, but wastes them time and time again.

The good:
Alexei Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski both had three hits.

Buehrle picked off Upton at first base.

The bad:
Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye went a combined 0 for 10.

Paul Konerko left 3 men in scoring position with 2 outs.

The ugly:
Gabe Gross' tenth inning home run.

Ten men left on base.

A lineup change worked before and now it looks like the time is right for another one. I can see why Ozzie lashes out in frustration. It's not fun to watch this team right now. They have the hits, but not the runs. Every mistake by the pitching staff is capitalized on. Maybe a change of scenery will do this team some good.

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