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Fourteen goose eggs represent the simple explanation for the South Siders’ disappointing–and rather heartbreaking–1-0, 14-inning loss to the Mariners last night.
Specifically, the Sox stranded 14 runners against ace Felix Hernandez and four relievers. They also wasted Mark Buehrle’s eight-inning gem, which saw him bounce back from an 0-3 record since the perfect game to shut down Seattle with no runs and six hits. Furthermore, it prevented the Sox from picking up another game in the standings as Detroit lost again to Boston. And adding insult to injury, ex-Sox Ken Griffey Jr. drove in the game-winner.
Perhaps the most perplexing moment of the game was in the 10th inning when Pods inexplicably was picked off of third base with one out. Ouch!
“What (were) you thinking?” Ozzie said about the pickoff. “That’s all you can say. You don’t expect that thing to happen on the big league level. I guess he was thinking about something else.”
Rios in the house
Alex Rios made his Sox debut last night, batting third and playing in right field. He was 1-for-6, but at least was able to knock out his first Sox hit–a single.
Off day today, then three against the A’s
Pitching matchups for the weekend: Contreras vs. lefty Brett Anderson on Friday,
Floyd vs. former Sox farmhand, lefty Gio Gonzalez, on Saturday and Danks vs. righty Trevor Cahill on Sunday. Gonzalez, you’ll recall, was traded to the Phils in the Thome deal, traded back to the Sox in the Floyd for Freddy Garcia transaction and then was part of the package to the A’s that brought Nick Swisher to the South Side. It should be interesting in that Gonzalez is pitching very well for Oakland.
Speaking of Freddy Garcia
Reports are surfacing that Garcia may very well start for the Sox on Tuesday in Chicago vs. the Royals. In four minor league starts, the former Sox ace has a 1.80 ERA, 19 strikeouts and has given up only one walk in 20 innings.