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Call it a split personality


Call it a split personality
Team batting? Eighth in the American League.

Team pitching? Seventh.

Record? After a doubleheader split with Seattle on Tuesday, it's 10-10.

Therein lies the White Sox through the first 20 games of the 2009 season -- mediocre in every way. Nothing more, nothing less.

And just when it looks like one leak in the dam is plugged, another one springs up. Tuesday offered further evidence of that.

In Game 1, Bartolo Colon put his bad outing in Baltimore behind him, dominating the Mariners for seven innings like the Colon of four years ago. His masterful seven-inning performance in the 2-1 victory overcame a two-hit afternoon for the offense and a two-error showing by the defense.

In the nightcap, the Sox' surest thing on the mound this season, John Danks, was in the showers after four innings, his 0.95 ERA and perfect record tarnished in the 9-1 loss.

Even manager Ozzie Guillen is having a hard time getting the pulse of his team.

''When you play .500, you will feel that way,'' Guillen said. ''It seems like every time we lose, it's a big one.''

The one positive Guillen could take away from almost five hours of Baseball was Colon continuing to sip from the fountain of youth. Before Tuesday, Colon (2-1, 4.15 ERA) was on a six-inning limit by pitching coach Don Cooper. The training wheels were kicked off against the M's thanks to Colon's efficiency, as the veteran right-hander allowed only the one run on four hits, while fanning six and walking one, all in 95 pitches.

''We're still under the understanding,'' Colon said through interpreter Lou Hernandez about the six-inning limit. ''But it also had to do with pitches. [Tuesday] is an example of that. I didn't throw that many after six, so I went back out there.''

Considering there was little room for error, not a bad decision.

The only offense the Sox could muster off Chris Jakubauskas was a two-run double by Paul Konerko in the fourth to give Colon a bit of breathing room. He needed it as the Mariners cut the lead in half in the seventh, then made it interesting in the ninth with Bobby Jenks on the mound.

But with two on and one out, Jenks fanned Mike Sweeney, and Wladimir Balentien flied out to end the game.

''When you win the game and you have more errors than you have hits, that's a miracle,'' Guillen said. ''Even though we [didn't] play good defense, pitching made the game.''

It did in Game 2, as well -- just not for the Sox .

In what had pitching duel written all over it between Danks and M's ace Felix Hernandez (4-0), only Hernandez showed up, going eight innings and allowing just four hits while striking out nine.

Danks, who hadn't allowed more than one earned run in each of his first three starts, gave up a Sweeney RBI single in the first and a three-run Yuniesky Betancourt home run in the second.

''I got my [butt] kicked,'' Danks said. ''I was horse[bleep].''

Guillen was a bit less harsh.

''We still have guys [Jim Thome and Chris Getz] that are banged up, and Danksy just had a bad night,'' Guillen said.

Comment at suntimes.com.

BOXSCORE

Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

I.Suzuki rf 6 1 2 0 0 1 .310

En.Chavez cf 5 0 0 0 0 0 .305

M.Sweeney dh 6 1 2 1 0 0 .308

Beltre 3b 5 1 1 0 0 1 .169

Jo.Lopez 2b 4 2 2 1 1 0 .243

Branyan 1b 5 2 5 1 0 0 .358

Balentien lf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .360

Y.Betancourt ss 5 1 4 5 0 0 .292

J.Burke c 4 0 1 0 1 1 .077

Totals 44 9 19 9 2 3

WHITE SOX AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Bri.Anderson cf-rf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .300

Fields 3b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .268

Quentin lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .236

Dye rf 3 0 1 0 0 2 .301

Owens cf 0 0 0 0 1 0 .091

Konerko dh 4 0 2 1 0 2 .338

Pierzynski c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .220

Betemit 1b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .250

AL.Ramirez ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 .191

Lillibridge 2b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .139

Totals 31 1 6 1 2 9

Seattle 130 101 120--9 19 0

WHITE SOX 000 000 001--1 6 1

E--Broadway (1). LOB--Seattle 12, SOX 5. 2B--M.Sweeney (3), Branyan 2 (4). HR--Y.Betancourt (1), off Danks. RBI--M.Sweeney (4), Jo.Lopez (13), Branyan (10), Balentien (2), Y.Betancourt 5 (11), Konerko (18). SB--I.Suzuki (3), Y.Betancourt (2), AL.Ramirez (4). S--En.Chavez. SF--Balentien.

Runners left in scoring position--Seattle 8 (En.Chavez 3, J.Burke 2, Balentien, M.Sweeney 2); SOX 3 (Bri.Anderson, Pierzynski 2).

Runners moved up--I.Suzuki, Balentien. GIDP--Beltre, Pierzynski 2.

DP--Seattle 2 (Beltre, Jo.Lopez, Branyan), (Corcoran, Y.Betancourt, Branyan); SOX 1 (Fields, Lillibridge, Betemit).

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

F.Hernandez 8 4 0 0 1 9 100 2.38

W, 4-0

Corcoran 1 2 1 1 1 0 14 7.27

WHITE SOX IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Danks L, 2-1 4 8 5 5 1 2 74 2.74

Carrasco 2.2 6 2 2 1 1 42 4.15

Broadway 2.1 5 2 2 0 0 40 7.71

Inherited runners-scored--Broadway 3-0.

Umpires--Home, Mike Estabrook; First, Tim Tschida; Second, Jeff Nelson; Third, D.J. Reyburn. T--2:32. A--25,042 (40,615).

HOW THEY SCORED

Mariners FIRST Suzuki singled. Chavez sacrificed, Suzuki to second. Suzuki stole third. Sweeney singled, Suzuki scored. One run. Mariners 1, White Sox 0.

Mariners SECOND Lopez flied out. Branyan infield single. Balentien singled, Branyan to second. Betancourt homered to left on a 2-2 count, Branyan scored, Balentien scored. Three runs. Mariners 4, White Sox 0.

Mariners FOURTH Lopez singled. Branyan doubled, Lopez to third. Balentien hit a sacrifice fly, Lopez scored. One run. Mariners 5, White Sox 0.

Mariners SIXTH Branyan doubled. Balentien grounded out, Branyan to third. Betancourt singled, Branyan scored. One run. Mariners 6, White Sox 0.

Mariners SEVENTH Sweeney grounded out. Beltre flied out. Lopez walked on a full count. Branyan singled, Lopez to second. Balentien singled, Lopez to third, Branyan to second. Betancourt singled, Lopez scored, Branyan to third, Balentien to second. One run. Mariners 7, White Sox 0.

Mariners EIGHTH Suzuki flied out. Chavez fouled out. Sweeney doubled. Beltre infield single, Sweeney to third. Lopez singled, Sweeney scored, Beltre to third. Branyan singled, Beltre scored, Lopez to second. Two runs. Mariners 9, White Sox 0.

WHITE SOX NINTH Corcoran pitching. Fields infield single. Quentin flied out. Owens walked on a full count, Fields to second. Konerko singled, Fields scored, Owens to third. One run. Mariners 9, White Sox 1.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 29, 2009

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