Fog Comes, Offense Doesn't in 4-1 Loss

The jury is still out on what was harder to see on Wednesday night, anything through the fog or the Sox offense. Either way, it ended in a 4-1 loss at the hands of Mark Mulder and the Oakland A's.

Mark Buehrle started and took the loss, giving up four runs off nine hits and a walk in six innings of work. Buehrle struck out two and threw 85 pitches.

There were two fog delays in the game that made the visbility of the ball hard for fielders. One coming after three innings, and the other during the top of the fifth, after the A's went up 1-0 on an Eric Byrnes triple down the right field line. Magglio Ordonez lost the ball in the fog on the play, prompting manager Jerry Manuel to talk to crew chief Rick Reed about delaying the game.

When the game resumed, the A's added a second run with a Terrance Long single, scoring Byrnes and putting the A's up 2-0.

The A's scored two more runs off Buehrle in the sixth. The first coming on an Eric Chavez solo home run, and the second coming two batters later with a Ramon Hernandez RBI-double.

Buehrle was pulled after the inning for Rick White, who threw a scoreless 1-2-3 seventh inning. Tom Gordon and Billy Koch also threw 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth respectively.

The Sox offense managed just four hits off the lefty Mulder, scoring their only run in eighth with a Joe Crede groundout. Carlos Lee doubled to start the inning and scored on the groundout. Mulder struck out six and walked none in nine innings, improving his record to 4-1.

Jose Valentin went 1-4 at shortstop and Frank Thomas went 1-3. Tony Graffanino played second base in place of D'Angelo Jimenez, going 0-4. The Sox grounded into two double plays in the game.

The Sox will hope to prevent a sweep on Thursday as Jon Garland will take the mound against lefty John Halama. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on WCIU.

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