So the Sox can only win games at the Cell? Is that what we're learning?
"I don't know if it's coincidence or what," losing pitcher Javier Vazquez said after the Sox fell to 17-19 away from U.S. Cellular Field."We should play better in Chicago every time. You hear about home-field advantage, and I think that's true. Hopefully we play better at our place and hang in there on the road."
The black uniforms are bad luck? The baristas at the non-Chicago Starbucks charge for extra foam? The fans aren't as complementary to the White Sox's unique brand of haircuts? Nick Swisher forgot to bring his lucky pants (that would Toby Hall's lucky pants) on the road? What gives guys?
I know the road can be a scary place, but getting swept by the 28-37 Tigers right after finishing a 7-0 gig at home? Uncool dudes. Do you want Ozzie to go all, um, Ozzie on you again?
It's up to Mark "Space heaters make me angry" Buehrle to stop the (hopefully only) metaphorical bleeding today. He'll square off against Kenny "Fire and cameramen make me angry" Rogers. The pre-game show on Comcast just said Rogers has a "bloated" ERA of 5.13 and that made me giggle. Maybe his ERA should take some Pepto. Just a thought. In that vein, Buehrle's 4.80 ERA just has some water retention.
Here are your lineups: A special treat for all the ladies out there...Brian Anderson in CF and batting second. Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski get the day off, so Paul Konerko is your DH and Swisher will take over at first base.
Hope Swish didn't eat too much last night, he won't lose much weight at first.
Message board for your pithy comments is below and you can email me here if you need person-to-person chit-chat.
Orlando Cabrera takes the first pitch for a strike. Looks like a nice day at Comerica Park, 74 degrees with wind blowing out of the East at 11 mph. Second strike, foul ball and then Cabrera bloops one into shallow RF where the second baseman Placido Polanco makes the akward grab for the first out. Anderson is hitting the 2-hole today, and he hits Rogers' third offering right back to the pitcher for the easy second out. Here's Carlos Quentin, who appears to be growing out his facial hair. He takes the 1-2 pitch deep to RF, but Ryan Raburn is there for the out. Easy 1-2-3 for old man Rogers.
Buehrle opting for long sleeves under his jersey, despite the warm temps. Perhaps he went out in Detroit last night and got an embarassing tattoo. He'll face Edgar Renteria first this afternoon. After a 6-pitch at-bat, Renteria grounds out Cabrera for the first out. Low throw, but Swisher handles it. Third baseman Joe Crede moves in a bit for the next hitter, Placido Polanco, as to take away the bunt (I assume). But Polanco pokes one over Crede's head and into shallow LF. Not that a normal playing Crede would have caught that...but have no fear, Carlos Guillen hits it to Crede, who throws to Alexei Ramirez at second. who flips it to Swisher at first for the double play. The inning, it is ova.
Wow. One comment. My self-esteem is high right now. Konerko takes the 0-1 pitch deep to RCF. Raburn bobbles it in RF, which allows Konerko (known for his blazing speed) to take third. A triple, for Konerko. Well, kinda. A double and an error. But he's on third. Here's JD. He hits it right to Brent Clevlen (who?) in CF, but it's deep enough to score Paulie. White Sox 1-0. Seven comments! See, who can resist a whining girl? Crede has himself a base hit with one out. Siwsher hits it right back to Rogers, who drops it intitally before throwing to second to get out Crede. But Swish beats the next throw to first. The ump who blew the Brian Anderson call last night at second is working first base today, and Hawk and DJ are glad he finally got a call right. Ramirez pops it up in foul territory, and the catcher Pudge will handle that one.
White Sox 1-0.
Yeah, this noon start is a bit early for me too. I fell asleep semi-early, but then my de-humidifier beeped at me (cuz it was full) at 3 a.m. and scared the bejeezus out of me, thus making it hard for me to fall back asleep. My life is hard. Magglio Ordonez is up first...JD robs him of a single big time! Ramirez leaps over a sliding JD in in outfield too to avoid a collision. Fun for everyone. And seriously, I know I say this all the time, but someone (Swish?) needs to cut Maggs' hair. Miguel Cabrera is called out on strikes for the second out. He doesn't seem to appreciate said call. Buehrle gets Marcus Thames to strike out swinging for the third out. Gas, says Hawk.
White Sox 1-0.
Commenter "It is true": I'm Amanda, not Adam. Adam is eating lunch in preparation for his Cubs' cubicle in thirty minutes. It was also is birthday last week, so make sure to pester, er flood, him with birthday wishes in his cube. Here's Toby Hall. He's wearing pants...but whose? 1-1 count, make that 2-1 count for Hall. He then rips one down the third base line, but right to Guillen. Hall knew it too, as he ran about four steps toward first and then turned and ran into the dugout. Nice. Leadoff hitter Cabrera draws the non-leadoff walk. Anderson takes ball one. 33 pitches thus far for Rogers, nine of those for balls. Rogers tries a few pickoff attempts of Cabrera at first, but no dice. Anderson hits the 1-2 pitch right to Clevlen in CF, and Cabrera will remain at first. Here's Quentin. Hawk thinks Quentin needs a day off...perhaps he proves it by flying out to LF for the third out.
White Sox 1-0.
Those Geico commercials with the kid crack me up. Pudge Rodriguez rips a curve ball it to LF for a leadoff single. DJ tells us that Jim Leyland has been aggressive on the basepaths this series, so don't be surprised if there's a little hit-and-run action in the near future. Especially with Buehrle, who has a slow delivery. Brent Cleveln won't be involved in any hit-and-run action, since he strikes out swinging on a high cutter. One gone. That's three strikeouts for Buehrle. Ryan Raburn lays down a perfect bunt down third, and everyone is safe. Crede barehands it, but he has no throw. Renteria then hits a low chopper to Crede, who throws to first for the second out. Runners at second and third. Polanco now. 2-0 count with Guillen on-deck. 3-0 count. Hmmmm. Full-count now on Polanco...and...Buehrle comes back and strikes him out swinging on a 81 mph fastball. Wow.
White Sox 1-0.
Milton Bradley, a bit cuckoo. Who knew? Paulie is up first. Comcast shows a split-screen with a Paulie look-alike in the stands. Same haircut and facial hair. Funny. He slices it to RF for the first out. Paulie, not the look-alike. JD pops it up to Guillen right by the third base bag. Two outs. Rogers likes to induce the infield flys. Crede hits the 1-2 pitch (after adjusting his hands and pulling the bat into his body a bit) deep to LF for the third out. Three flyouts in that inning for Rogers. He's at 52 pitches now.
White Sox 1-0.
Tom: I wouldn't say BA is hot, but he's young-ish and seems like he'd be a fan favorite with that flowy hair. Carlos Quentin too, he's dreamy. Guillen is up first for the Tigers...he hits it to dreamy Quentin in LF, who has to play it on the hop for a single. Here's hairy Maggs (in a bad way). Buehrle gets him to swing oddly and miss, 0-1. 0-2. High ball. Buehrle then induces a 6-4-3 double play on Maggs. DJ tells us that Buehrle can't throw that same sequence to Maggs again, as Maggs won't be embarassed twice in one game. Yes, don't make the man with the curly mullett angry. Cabrera grounds out to Crede to end the inning.
White Sox 1-0.
Swish is up first this inning. Pleasant conditions in Detroit today. I saw Comerica from the outside when I ventured to Ford Field for a little game I like to call the Elite 8. Looked nice from the outside. Swish takes the 2-2 pitch off the end of the bat to Guillen at third for the first out. Chopper three hopper? Sox Grl: Good call on Cotts, he had the stuble working for him. And with that comment, I believe all the mens have left. Sad. Ramirez hits it to Guillen too, the throw is a bit high...Ramirez thinks he's safe but no. Let's see the replay, nope he was out by a toe. Hall slices it down the RF line for a single. Bloop. Cabrera hits it over the head of Polanco at second for a single. Hall thinks about three, but then he remembers he isn't fast and wisely stays at second. Heh. BA, first pitch swinging, hits it to Renteria and there's a force at second. Cabrera comes up a bit gimpy, hopping off the field.
White Sox 1-0.
Thames grounds out to a now not-gimpy Cabrera for the first out. Pudge hits in the hole between Cabrera and Crede, Cabrera makes a diving stab then recovers in time to make the throw to first. And you'll never guess what Hawk says...MERCY. That was a nice grab. Guess the heel (that's what DJ thinks he tweaked) is feeling OK. Buehrle then gets Clevlen (pronounced Cleveland on-air) to strike out swinging. That's five K's for Buehrle.
White Sox 1-0.
Keith Langford Wallace: YES! And I don't give a flip anymore either. Quentin will start things off in the sixth. Rogers hits him in the shoulder, and CQ will stroll down to first. Paulie hits it right back to the five-time Golden Glove winner Rogers, who bobbles it but recovers and throws to second. Then Polanco whips it to first to complete the double play. Oh, poor slow Konerko. I think anyone else would have beaten the throw. Alas. JD takes the 2-2 fastball and pops it up to Renteria at short for the third out. That inning started well, ended badly.
White Sox 1-0.
Tom: Stay classy. Buehrle gets Raburn to fly out to Dye on the first pitch. Geez, let a girl type. Here's leadoff hitter Renteria now. Renteria at least waits until the second pitch to rip a single to LF. Hit and run for Polanco? We shall see. Um, yes. Sorta. Polanco hits it to LF and there's two on and one out for the Tigers. But Renteria makes it only to second. Guillen now. Hall tries to catch Polanco sleeping at first, but the throw is just a shade late. 3-1 count now to Guillen. The fans are up and cheering. Strike two swinging. Guillen pokes it through the infield for a single, that will score Renteria. Tied 1-1. Polanco moves to third. Three straight singles for the Tigers. Here's Maggs. 1-2 count on him, but then he flies out to Cabrera in deep shortstop. Yeah, I know that's not a real position. That Buehrle pitch jammed him. Two outs, two on. After about 5 pitches, Cabrera hits a chopper right to Cabrera (ha!), who flips it to Ramirez at second for the force out.
Hey, the Top Chef winner person just walked through the Trib newsroom. OK, so it wasn't a hit-and-run in the strict definition, but someone hit and someone else ran. Hey, I just type what I see. It all happens very fast; my bad. Plus, Adam is commenting on the Cubs game, which is being partly televised in black and white today. So shush. Crede is up first this inning. He's jammed on the 1-2 pitch and skies it to Guillen at third for the first out. Rogers is still in there, he's at 80 pitches now. Here's Swish. He runs the count to full...before hitting a grounder to Renteria at short. Ramirez, he is up now. He fouls the 0-2 pitch...Pudge runs but can't make the play right in front of the Sox dugout. I'm sure Ozzie would have caught him, had he fallen into the dugout. Or not. Rogers stays with Ramirez and strikes him out swinging. That's the first on the day for Rogers.
I've never watched "The Office." I know, terrible. I shall Netflix it soon. But "My Boys" re-starts tonight. Aren't you stoked? Thames is up first. This is not pretty: Thames grounds it to Ramirez at second, but Swish shifted to help...so Buehrle runs over to cover first and Thames is out. Barely. Must everything be difficult with these fools? BPH: Sox are wearing the black tops with grey pants today. And HL: I totally agree with you; in fact...that "Swish" shot is the background on my computer. Here's Pudge. Full count and then Buehrle walks him (his first walk of the day). Buehrle is at 88 pitches now (57 strikes). Clevlen hits the first pitch to BA in CF for the second out. Raburn hits the second pitch to BA in CF for the third out.
Curtis Granderson is now in CF for the Tigers; Cleven moves to LF. So Thames is gone, I suppose? Rogers is still on the mound...he's at 89 pitches (62 strikes). And he gets Hall first. He hits the 1-1 pitch to Guillen for an easy one out. Just a warning, my Comcast is acting funky and keeps going out. I think the Trib forgot to pay the cable bill. Here's O-Cab. He hits a "cue-shot" to the other Cabrera at first for the second out. BA hits the first pitch deep to LF (cable goes out) and I assume someone caught it because the next shot is of Rogers walking off the field. Way to work the count, guys.
McNutt: Not too many times today, as a lot of the ball-to-bat combos have been jam shots. That Rogers is crafty. All-City team? Eh. All-Dreamy team. Go. Buehrle still in there, he'll face Renteria, Polanco and Guillen. Buehrle falls behind 2-0. but comes back to even it at 2-2. Now it's full...and foul...and he gone looking. Renteria didn't agree, as he took off running to first. Heh. Polanco hits the first pitch to LF...Quentin gets a bad jump but recovers in time for the semi-sliding catch. Quentin makes a divet, which BA replaces for him. Aw, friends forever! Two outs. Guillen takes the 2-0 pitch -- and JD and BA collide, but BA hangs on to make the catch. He loses his sunglasses in the process, and JD doesn't look pleased with young BA.
Ron Karkovice. Really? New Tigers pitcher is Todd Jones, FYI. CQ rips a ball down the LF line, he thinks about two...but sticks with one. Smart. Here's Paulie. Comcast feed = annoying the **** out of me. It keeps going out. Arg. 1-2 count on Paulie. After a few foul balls, he grounds into the 6-4-3 double play. Sigh. Wow, Todd Jones looks a lot different on MLB.com than he does on the TV. Must be the lack of sideburns. JD flies out to his position in RF. And that ends the inning. Sox get the leadoff man aboard, and then do diddley. Sox have stranded five thus far.
Our fridge at work smells like something died. Yuck-o. New Sox pitcher is Octavio Dotel and his high socks. He gets Maggs first up. He smacks the second pitch super deep, fans on their feet...but Quentin is there (with sunglasses) on the warning track to make the catch. Cabrera takes the 2-1 pitch super deep, fans on their feet...and JD runs out of room. That's a home run for Cabrera and that's your ballgame. Tigers 2-1. That's a sweep and Hawk is at a loss of words.
Final thoughts: Thank goodness, since my Comcast feed is dead. Just like um, the Sox's winning spirit? Sox return home for a three-game series with the Rockies. Ah, interleague play. The cure for what ails you. Later people.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times