That is all that can be said. You couldn’t muster a run against a guy who started the day with an 8.44 ERA and had 12, count them TWELVE walks in his previous 21.2 innings. REALLY. You let a guy who was that bad to start the season go deep into the game with a NO-HITTER. Really? I thought your habit of making pitchers look like Cy Young or Satchel Paige was reserved for the ones you haven’t seen before.
The White Sox lost today’s game against the Detroit Tigers and Brad Penny by an ugly score of 9-0. Eventually the White Sox did get 5 hits off of Tigers pitching today. The first hit off Penny came in the sixth inning on a grounder from Brent Morel to Brandon Inge. Inge managed to plant, but threw the ball in the dirt and Miguel Cabrera was unable to dig the ball out of the dirt. When you look at the play, it should have been an error on Inge. But given that the White Sox were on the wrong side of the no-hitter, you will take the hit. The other 4 hits the Sox got were off of the Tigers bullpen. Hardly worth mentioning, except that they got hits.
No reason to talk about Edwin Jackson as he was just awful. 5.2 innings, 12 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned. On top of four walks, Jackson only had THREE strikeouts. Not what you would expect from him. Fortunately, once he was mercifully pulled from the game, the bullpen got it done. Will Ohman faced one batter and got him out. Small victories for Ohman and it is nice to see him getting the job done unlike earlier in the season. And yes, I know it is still very early in the young season. Hopefully Ohman keeps it up.
Although Ozzie didn’t speak to the media pre-game due to sickness, he did have the following to say post-game:
“I hope those guys are getting tired of getting their [tails] kicked, because I am,” said Guillen, whose team has lost nine of its last 10 games. “Right now is the time to cut it off and start playing like the way we can.
“We have a better ballclub than that. I think we play kind of too carefully. We don’t go after people. It seems like every at-bat we worry about making outs. That’s the way I look at it. I hope I’m wrong.
“Every time we make a pitch, we worry about making a bad pitch,” Guillen said. “And when you play like that, very conservative, you’re going to have problems. You got to go out there and be mean, be aggressive, have fun.”
Based on Ozzie’s comments and watching the play of the team, I have to agree. I think the fact that the team is not hitting has made them try to do too much instead of just getting on base and letting things happen as they will. The pitchers are also probably trying too had to be perfect, given the early bullpen woes that occurred. While the errors seem to be coming under control, there does seem to be a tiny bit of hesitancy with of the guys. I hope they aren’t taking their bats onto the field when they play defense, but with some guys you never know.
Tomorrow is the series finale. I won’t ask the baseball gods about anything nor will I mention any sort of quirky facts about what has gone on. Seems every time I do that, the exact opposite of what I want to happen happens. There is always tomorrow (at least that I what I will keep telling myself.)