Jimenez DP Gaffe, Un(flash)y Ninth Buries Sox

Posted Jun 4, 2003

(SN Report #514) - As if the struggling offense wasn't enough on the official list of problems for the White Sox, add untimely defense and unreliable bullpen to it also. These were the keys to Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamonbacks.

The victim -- otherwise known as the starting pitcher -- of the night was Esteban Loaiza, who was vying for his ninth win. But instead, Loaiza picked up a no decision after his 1-0 lead was lost in the eighth, with him out of the game.

Loaiza was his usual self, striking out eight and allowing just four hits through seven innings on 88 pitches. His night ended suprisingly after a six-pitch at bat to Carlos Baerga, resulting in a double, to start the eighth. Loaiza was pulled for Damaso Marte who after getting Quinton McCracken to popout on a bunt could do little to stop a perfectly placed bunt by Tony Womack. Miguel Olivo fielded the play but couldn't get the throw to first in time.

With men on the corners and one out, Steve Finley hit what seemed to be an inning-ending double play to second. But D'Angelo Jimenez couldn't make the clean toss to Jose Valentin, putting Valentin out of position to make a strong throw to first for the final out. Chad Moeller, who pinch-ran for Baerga, scored on the play. Jimenez was not charged with an error on the play.

Tom Gordon recorded the final out in the eighth and the first out in the ninth. And then, it all went down hill as back-to-back singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases, setting up Moeller's game-winning single.

The Sox scored their only run in the third off a Frank Thomas single. Scoring on the play was Carlos Lee, who walked and stole second base. Magglio Ordonez then walked to put two men on with two outs, but Valentin flied out to end it.

The Sox had other chances to score in the second, fifth and sixth innings, but two resulted in double play groundouts, while the other on a groundout and strikeout.

With all the chances, the Sox had just five hits in the game, two coming from Thomas (2-4), with others coming from Lee, Tony Graffanino and Loaiza.

Game two of the series will be played on Wednesday at 8:35 p.m. CT, with Jon Garland going up against Andrew Good. Good is replacing Curt Schilling, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Chicago Plus.

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