Double trouble

Double trouble

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 06/29/2013 - 14:39

Well, that was fun.
Kidding.
To be truthful, Friday's White Sox-Indians doubleheader was some of the worst baseball I've seen in two decades on the beat.
I still remember the twinbill against the Boston Red Sox in August of 2007, when the White Sox dropped both games and were outscored 21-4.
And, if I remember correctly, former Sox manager Ozzie Guillen apologized to the media afterward for having to witness the carnage.
I'm sure Ozzie was happy he wasn't in the dugout Friday afternoon, Friday night and early Saturday morning.
It was a long, long day, and the White Sox lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to Cleveland 19-10 and lost Game 2 9-8.
"It seems like when things go bad, they go bad," Adam Dunn said. "Real bad."
Well said.
In case you missed it, and here's hoping you did, here are some of the lowlights:
-The two games lasted a total of 7 hours, 53 minutes, establishing a major-league record for an 18-ining doubleheader.
-In Game 1, Sox starter Hector Santiago couldn't hold a 5-0 lead over the Indians. In Game 2, closer Addison Reed couldn't protect an 8-5 lead in the ninth inning.
After Cleveland scored 3 in the ninth to tie it, Reed served up a mammoth solo home run to Nick Swisher that sealed the sweep.
“(Catcher) Hector (Gimenez) called all the right pitches,” Reed said. “I just didn't execute them. The ball was over the plate and up in the zone and they made me pay for it.
-The 46 combined runs matched a franchise record, equaled on July 6, 2007 vs. the Twins.
-After allowing 27 runs in their previous seven games at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox pitchers yielded 28 in the doubleheader. Their team ERA went from 3.77 to 4.01.
In Game 1, Santiago gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 2.1 innings. Brian Omogrosso followed and allowed 9 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 innings. Ramon Troncoso followed Omogrosso and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks in 2.2 innings.
After the second game, Omogrosso (9.37 ERA) was optioned back to Class AAA Charlotte.
In Game 2, Sox starter Jose Quintana settled down a bit after allowing 4 runs in the first inning. The White Sox rallied back, but they were swept in the doubleheader when Reed allowed 4 runs on 4 hits in the ninth.
-Outfielder Casper Wells pitched 1 scoreless inning in Game 1. Wells did some pitching when he played college baseball at Towson University, and he impressed manager Robin Ventura with his 91-mph fastball and deceptive changeup.
On the plus side for the White Sox, Jeff Keppinger was 6-for-8 with a triple, home run and 4 RBI in the doubleheader while Alejandro De Aza was 4-for-7 with 2 doubles, 4 walks and 5 runs scored.

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