The game against the Tampa Bay Rays started off well enough. James Shields and Peavy were in a pitchers’ duel, and Peavy actually lasted longer than his opponent when all was said and done. There was no score until the fourth inning when the Rays tacked on a quick run via a sacrifice fly, but the Sox answered right back. In the bottom of the fourth, the Pale Hose actually had the bases loaded. After Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch and a run walked home, the offense couldn’t produce any runs on its own.
Let that sink in for a moment… the Sox had to get hit by a pitch to capitalize on loaded bases. These of course wouldn’t be the only runners the Sox stranded. The two teams each put up another run in the fifth inning: the Rays with a solo shot and the Sox getting a run after Paul Konerko grounded into a double play scoring Alejandro de Aza. After that, it seemed like the White Sox just gave up.
As if each game has been repeating itself, the Sox could not convert on any opportunities to score. This time, the Sox left ten men on base. Double digits… again. And on top of that, the team was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Only one word can describe this kind of production, and that would be pathetic. It was truly a shame because Peavy deserved that win. Notice I make no mention of the actual team, because the White Sox did NOT back up their pitcher during this game.
In the eighth inning, with one out and a runner on first, manager Robin Ventura walked to the mound, and after a little deliberating out on the bump, he finally made the call to the pen. Peavy was visibly irritated by the whole situation. He could’ve finished that inning no problem, but the point of the matter is that it never should have come to that. The run support wasn’t there. It seems the White Sox have laid down and accepted their fate.
In the ninth the Sox threatened, sort of, before Adam Dunn struck out with a runner on, sealing the 3-2 victory for Tampa Bay. The Pale Hose’s magic number remains at nine, while the Tigers are now down to five with theirs. It looks like this might be the end of the road unless the Sox can go at least 5-1 during the final six games of the season. The Tigers show no sign of slowing down, while the Sox are now losers in every sense of the word. Unless more than one player steps up and plays at a major league level, this 2012 team will be realizing what everyone predicted at the beginning of the season… the fact that the White Sox don’t have what it takes to make the postseason.
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