Thursday, April 19, 2012

Orioles 5 White Sox 3: Leaving Them Loaded

There were chances. Oh, there were chances, but the White Sox just didn't take advantage of them.

On Wednesday night Adam Dunn doubled with the bases loaded to bring in 3 runs. That's the only hit the Sox have had all season with the bases loaded, as they wasted three more opportunities on Thursday afternoon.

The first, third, and the ninth innings all ended with three Sox runners on base and only 2 runs total between them. Both of those runs coming before the bases were even loaded.

When you lose a game by two runs, it's missed opportunities like those that loom large.

Of course, then there were the strikeouts. Did you know that, for all the attention they've received so far this season for doing so, Brent Morel and Gordon Beckham aren't the only two members of this team striking out?

It's true, even with those two getting the day off, the White Sox still managed to strike out 16 times on Thursday, bringing their season total to 111. That's 111 strikeouts in 12 games, or 9.25 strikeouts a game.

A third of our outs are coming without putting the ball in play. A third!

That's not going to work very often.

As for Gavin Floyd, Gavin has had the same problems in all three of his starts so far this season. He's throwing a lot of pitches because he just hasn't had any command yet this year. And while he was able to work out of a lot of jams in his last start against Detroit, the one major jam he was in Thursday was the one that killed the Sox.

After giving up a lead-off triple to Robert Andino and hitting Endy Chavez with a pitch, Floyd nearly worked his way out of the jam only allowing a run, but then he hung a 3-2 curveball to Adam Jones and Adam Jones did what all Major League hitters should do to hanging curveballs.

That home run ended up being the difference in this game.

So now the Sox finish their first homestand of the season with a 3-4 mark, and are back to 6-6 after losing three of four to an Orioles team we shouldn't be losing three of four to. At least, not if we expect this team to compete with anything but a .500 record this season.


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