Sox Escape with “W” Despite Underachieving Stars

The White Sox escaped with a 3-1 victory tonight on the strength of Phil Humber‘s masterful mound performance and the weakness of Toronto reliever Marc Rzepczynski (yes, it’s spelled correctly), who failed to cover first base in the top of the ninth as the Sox scored two unearned runs to grab the “W.”

The much-needed victory masked the South Siders’ low voltage offense, which time and time again has failed to get the clutch hit. Cue Adam Dunn and Alex Rios.

Dunn is helpless these days at the plate, especially against lefties who he hasn’t touched for a hit all season, and tonight earned the dubious distinction of recording the golden sombrero (four strikeouts) for the second time in a week. As far as Rios is concerned, he reached base on an error in the ninth and scored the winning run later in the inning on another miscue, but he’s looked almost as bad as Dunn.

Ozzie was right on target when he said the Sox would have a tough time competing with Dunn and Rios contributing as little as they are now. We keep waiting for one or the other to show some signs of life, hoping it will happen sooner than later.

Thanks to outstanding Sox pitching, including the standout relief stints by Jesse Crain and Sergio Santos, and some bad defense by the Blue Jays, we came out a winner tonight. The Dunn/Rios watch continues tomorrow.

                              Two Golden Sombreros, in honor of Adam Dunn

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