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White Sox still no go out west
After watching another bad rerun Friday night, manager Ozzie Guillen has seen enough of the White Sox's lethargic offense.
"If they don't want to help themselves, it's going to be a long summer for everyone," Guillen said after the Sox dropped their fifth consecutive game, a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"And I'm not going to sit here and go through a long summer. I'm going to do everything in my power to get better. If I got to bench somebody, I will."
The problem is that the offense has been collectively terrible. The Sox have scored seven runs during their losing streak, and they were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position Friday and are 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position over their last seven games.
Guillen said he would shake up the lineup, "If I had somebody hot. There's nobody. We've got to keep the same lineup. Nobody is doing anything. Nobody has even good at-bats.
"It feels like we're waiting for something to happen instead of making it happen."
Guillen's biggest gripe Friday night was that he thought the Sox looked flat, although he praised their effort.
"I don't see no life there," said Guillen, whose five-game skid is the Sox's longest since a seven-gamer in 2005. "I don't see no fire, everyone is kind of flat. … I don't see the confidence. It's so many things. I don't want to be negative. I want better results. We work hard enough. I think we have better talent than what we showed."
The Sox played without shortstop Juan Uribe, who probably will miss the entire Angels series because of his mother's illness.
But Guillen said the Sox can't use injuries to Scott Podsednik or Jim Thome as an excuse for their hitting woes.
"I want to see those guys with more fire, ready to fight," Guillen said. "I don't see that. It bugged me, and on the other hand, I worry about it. It bugs me to look at each other and looking who will be next.
"We went through a lot of things. They got 100 at-bats, and it's not cold anymore. It's been a week when we don't score more than two runs. It's embarrassing, very embarrassing."
It also was a miserable homecoming for center fielder Darin Erstad after the former Angel received a 25-second standing ovation and video tribute for his contributions during his 11 years in Anaheim.
Erstad lost a fly in the twilight during the Angels' three-run second. A potential major rally in the third was stunted when Erstad overslid second base while beating a throw on a force play and was tagged out.
"It's not the first time it's happened here," Erstad said of his misjudged ball.
A two-out RBI double by Jermaine Dye in the third accounted for the Sox's lone run. That run was their first scored without the aid of a home run in 40 innings, dating to Tadahito Iguchi's two-run triple on April 27.
But the Sox didn't put a runner in scoring position after the third.
"We're better than what we showed," Guillen said. "And we start feeling sorry for ourselves, believe me, it's going to be a long summer for everyone. We've got to pick it up a notch. I don't see anyone hungry enough.
"We played hard, but I'm not sure if we played hard enough because I don't see anyone on base. We don't have the clutch hitting. Every time we got an opportunity, we don't take advantage of it."
In addition to the hitting woes, a throwing error by pitcher Jose Contreras on a potential double play led to three unearned runs in the second. And the Angels stole four bases, including two that led to runs in the first and eighth.
The victory was the 626th for Mike Scioscia, vaulting him ahead of the late Bill Rigney for the most wins by a manager in Angels history.