If the major leagues had a mercy rule it would have sadly applied this afternoon as Tampa Bay held a 10-0 lead over the White Sox after 7 1/2 innings. Yes, that's right, 10-0 in the latest "most important game of the year" while the Sox dropped to two games behind the Tigers with four to play.
The Sox bench, called upon in eighth as Robin Ventura waved the white flag of surrender, made the final score a little bit less embarrassing as Jordan Danks walked (hitting for Dewayne Wise), Ray Olmedo (for Kevin Youkilis) singled and Dan Johnson (for Adam Dunn) walked, loading the bases for Orlando Hudson (for Paul Konerko). All Hudson did was smash a grand slam to make it 10-4, the final.
With the Sox now in dire straits as they prepare to face Cy Young candidate David Price in the home finale tomorrow afternoon, here's a thought. Why not put together a starting lineup of all subs? After all, the bench scored more runs in the loss today than the Sox scored in their 3-1 win Friday night. My one exception would be Alex Rios, the only everyday Sox player who continues to excel. He collected a pair of hits today--and broke up Matt Moore's perfect game in the fifth inning.
Why not? What do we really have to lose?