Sox Sucking It Up, Too

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jun 5, 2007 5:05PM

All is not well on the North Side as we all know, but things ain't much better on the South Side either. While not quite fist fights and on-field tantrums, the White Sox have resorted to some unusual measures to try and awaken their team from its slumber.

Perhaps following the lead of his Cubbie counterpart, Ozzie Guillen got himself ejected during the third inning of Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. Was he trying to fire up his team? It didn't work, because the bullpen blew a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 -- their seventh loss in eight games and the second consecutive game blown by the 'pen.

2007_06_sports_macdougal.jpgAs expected, upon their return to Chicago the Sox made more changes in their bullpen by sending David Aardsma and Mike MacDougal down to AAA Charlotte and recalling Ryan Bukvich and Bret Prinz. With Andrew Sisco sent down last week, the Sox have retooled half of their bullpen. Will it help? It could hardly hurt, when the bullpen has an ERA over 9.00 over the past three weeks.

Monday night, things didn't look too much better for the 'pen. Staked to a 6-2 lead, the bullpen allowed two more runs before holding on for a 6-4 victory over the struggling New York Yankees. While too soon to say whether the shake-up will improve the club, we're certain that Sox GM Kenny Williams remains actively contemplating additional roster moves in hopes of remaining competitive this year.

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