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A pitch-poor effort


A pitch-poor effort
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has talked about the importance of his middle relievers, pointing to Clayton Richard, D.J. Carrasco and new addition Jack Egbert as a key to the team's chances to repeat as American League Central champs.

Guillen said those players must complement setup men Octavio Dotel, Matt Thornton, Scott Linebrink and closer Bobby Jenks for the pitching to be effective.

But the bullpen formula is based on solid starting pitching, where the question marks were expected to be Jose Contreras, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and Bartolo Colon, whose elbow was cleaned of bone chips.

But for one night, Gavin Floyd was the starting concern, and the right-hander's abbreviated outing Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays was followed by one just as bad from the bullpen in a 14-0 thumping.

The Sox haven't allowed more runs since July 31, 2007, when the Yankees won 16-3, and it was their worst shutout loss since May 10, 2002, when the Los Angeles Angels won 19-0. It also was their worst loss ever to the Blue Jays.

''We stunk today,'' Guillen said. ''It's all about pitching. Pitching dictates how the game will be, and it wasn't pretty. I hope this was the worst game I'll see this season. We couldn't hit; we couldn't catch the ball.''

Not only did Floyd (2-2) last only 4? innings, giving up six runs (five earned) and nine hits, but the Blue Jays equaled that damage in one inning against Egbert, who came to the White Sox two days earlier from Class AAA Charlotte.

The outing was bad enough that Egbert was optioned back to Charlotte after the game. His replacement will be named today.

Floyd ''couldn't find the plate, and when you can't against this club, they'll take advantage of you,'' Guillen said of Floyd's second tough outing of the season.

''The American League, no matter who comes to town or where we go, it's tough,'' he said. ''Toronto is really good. They're playing good ball, and they can hit. We didn't play good against them last year, especially in Toronto.''

In fact, the Sox won only one game in eight against the Blue Jays last season, getting outscored 34-18 and hitting only .178.

The Blue Jays already scored more than a third of their 2008 run total against the Sox in the teams' first meeting at U.S. Cellular Field. Floyd was in trouble from the start, giving up three runs in the first and struggling through the night. Egbert was punished even more in a six-run sixth.

For a team known for its pitching, the Blue Jays have climbed to the top of the AL East with a lineup full of sluggers. They lead the AL with a .291 team average, rank first in runs scored and in hits and are second in home runs. Yet they are banged up, with five pitchers and one position player, catcher Michael Barrett, on the disabled list.

All the pain belonged to the Sox , who managed only four hits through six innings off Blue Jays starting lefty Brian Tallet (1-0), who made his fourth start of the season and only the eighth of his career. The Sox had only six hits but left 13 men on base. Their only scoring threat came in the third, when Brian Anderson led off with a double, Chris Getz singled and Carlos Quentin drew a one-out walk to load the bases. But Jim Thome struck out and Jermaine Dye grounded out to end the inning.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez had a rough night in the field, committing an error in the first that led to an unearned run and later juggling two ground balls ruled base hits. Anderson also had an error in center field in the fifth on a night when nothing went right for the Sox .

''I worry about him,'' Guillen said of Ramirez, who is struggling at the plate. ''Not about the errors, but his head was down, like he's feeling sorry for himself.''

Comment at suntimes.com.

THE RECAP

AT THE PLATE

The Sox managed only one extra-base hit in the game, a leadoff double in the third inning by Brian Anderson. He added a single in the ninth, one of only five other hits as the Sox were shut out.

ON THE MOUND

Gavin Floyd lasted only 4? innings. He was tagged for six runs (five earned) and nine hits and walked five (one intentional). He also threw two wild pitches. Jack Egbert was pummeled for six runs in the sixth, and Clayton Richard gave up a run in the seventh and another in the ninth as the Blue Jays recorded 21 hits.

PIVOTAL POINT

The Sox had the bases loaded with one out in the third and trailed 3-0, but they couldn't get a run across when Jim Thome struck out and Jermaine Dye grounded out.

BOXSCORE:

Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Scutaro ss 4 2 3 1 1 0 .275

Jo.McDonald ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200

A.Hill 2b 6 1 2 3 0 0 .373

Rios rf 4 1 1 1 1 1 .247

V.Wells cf 5 2 3 2 1 1 .280

Lind dh 6 2 3 1 0 0 .347

Rolen 3b 4 1 2 1 0 1 .317

Bautista 3b 2 1 1 1 0 0 .353

Overbay 1b 4 1 0 0 2 0 .310

Barajas c 5 2 3 2 1 1 .250

Snider lf 5 1 3 1 1 2 .310

Totals 47 14 21 13 7 6

SOX AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Getz 2b 5 0 2 0 0 0 .340

Fields 3b 5 0 1 0 0 2 .259

Quentin lf 2 0 0 0 1 1 .250

Owens lf 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000

Thome dh 4 0 0 0 1 3 .216

Dye rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .333

a-Lillibridge ph-cf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .136

Konerko 1b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .305

Pierzynski c 2 0 0 0 1 0 .255

b-C.Miller ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .375

AL.Ramirez ss 3 0 1 0 1 1 .167

Bri.Anderson cf-rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .278

Totals 33 0 6 0 7 9

Toronto 301 026 101--14 21 0

SOX 000 000 000-- 0 6 2

a-flied out for Dye in the 6th. b-lined out for Pierzynski in the 8th.

E--Bri.Anderson (1), AL.Ramirez (1). LOB--Toronto 14, SOX 13. 2B--A.Hill (6), Rios (5), V.Wells (5), Lind 3 (7), Barajas (4), Bri.Anderson (2). 3B--V.Wells (1). HR--Bautista (1), off Richard. RBI--Scutaro (11), A.Hill 3 (18), Rios (12), V.Wells 2 (9), Lind (15), Rolen (7), Bautista (1), Barajas 2 (9), Snider (10). SB--Rios (2), V.Wells (3), Rolen (1). SF--Rios.

Runners left in scoring position--Toronto 9 (Overbay, A.Hill, Barajas, Lind 3, Rios, V.Wells, Jo.McDonald); SOX 7 (Dye 2, Fields, C.Miller 2, Thome 2).

Runners moved up--Bautista, Getz, Bri.Anderson. GIDP--A.Hill.

DP-- SOX 1 (AL.Ramirez, Getz, Konerko).

Toronto IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Tallet W, 1-0 5.2 4 0 0 3 5 93 2.95

B.Murphy 2.1 0 0 0 3 2 43 2.08

Bullington 1 2 0 0 1 2 25 0.00

SOX IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Floyd L, 2-2 4.1 9 6 5 5 5 94 5.79

Egbert 1.2 7 6 6 1 0 54 27.00

Richard 3 5 2 2 1 1 46 4.76

Inherited runners-scored--B.Murphy 1-0, Egbert 2-1. IBB--off Floyd (Overbay), off Egbert (Overbay). WP--B.Murphy, Floyd 2.

Umpires--Home, Wally Bell; First, Marty Foster; Second, Marvin Hudson; Third, John Hirschbeck. T--3:19. A--27,103.

HOW THEY SCORED

Blue Jays first Scutaro walked on a full count. Hill safe on A.Ramirez's error, Scutaro to third. Rios struck out. Wells doubled, Scutaro scored, Hill scored. Wells stole third. Lind doubled, Wells scored. Three runs. Blue Jays 3, White Sox 0.

Blue Jays third Rios doubled. Wells struck out. Rios stole third. Lind grounded out. Rolen singled, Rios scored. One run. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0.

Blue Jays fifth Rolen singled. On Anderson's error, Rolen to second. On Floyd's wild pitch, Rolen to third. Overbay grounded out. Barajas walked. On Floyd's wild pitch, Rolen scored. Snider singled, Barajas to second. Egbert pitching. Scutaro grounded into fielder's choice, Barajas to third, Snider out. Hill infield single, Barajas scored, Scutaro to second. Two runs. Blue Jays 6, White Sox 0.

Blue Jays sixth Wells singled. Lind doubled, Wells to third. Rolen grounded out. Overbay was intentionally walked. Barajas singled, Wells scored, Lind to third, Overbay to second. Snider singled, Lind scored, Overbay to third, Barajas to second. Scutaro infield single, Overbay scored, Barajas to third, Snider to second. Hill doubled, Barajas scored, Snider scored, Scutaro to third. Rios hit a sacrifice fly, Scutaro scored, Hill to third. Six runs. Blue Jays 12, White Sox 0.

Blue Jays seventh Richard pitching. Lind doubled. Bautista grounded out, Lind to third. Overbay grounded out. Barajas doubled, Lind scored. One run. Blue Jays 13, White Sox 0.

Blue Jays ninth Bautista homered to left on a 1-1 count. One run. Blue Jays 14, White Sox 0.

TONIGHT:

Vs. Blue Jays

- 6:05, Ch. 9, 670-AM

Blue Jays starter: BRIAN Burres Season debut

'08 vs. Sox : 1-1, 3.46 (with Baltimore)

Career vs. Sox : 1-2, 6.89

How Sox have fared: Carlos Quentin 3-for-10; Paul Konerko 3-for-7; Alexei Ramirez 0-for-5

Sox starter: Mark Buehrle 2-0, 3.00

'08 vs. Blue Jays: 1-1, 0.59

Career vs. Blue Jays: 4-3, 2.66

How Blue Jays have fared: Alex Rios 2-for-20; Kevin Millar 5-for-28; Vernon Wells 17-for-32


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 25, 2009

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