Chicago (27-33) at Philadelphia (33-31)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 12, 2007
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Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is getting tired of watching his team flounder at the plate.

The White Sox look to bounce back from another disappointing offensive performance when they continue their three-game series in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The White Sox (27-33) rank last in the major leagues with 232 runs and a .232 batting average, and were shut out for the fifth time on Monday, 3-0 in the series opener.

“We’re wasting a lot of good pitching,” Guillen said. “It seems like a movie. You want to change the tape, but it’s the only one you have. I don’t have answers.”

Against Philadelphia starter Adam Eaton—who entered Monday with a 5.99 ERA — and a pair of relievers, the White Sox managed only five hits and left seven runners on base. Chicago has lost 13 of its last 16, scoring three or fewer runs in 10 of those defeats.

“I (don’t) have the answers. You have to ask our hitting coach, the players, what’s going on,” Guillen told Chicago’s official Web site. “I see the same stuff, day in and day out.”

Things won’t get much easier for Chicago’s lineup on Tuesday, as it faces Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels (8-2, 3.57 ERA), who is tied for the lead in the National League in wins. Hamels allowed three runs on three consecutive homers in the sixth inning and lasted seven innings in the Phillies’ 10-inning, 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Hamels, who is making his first appearance against the White Sox, is 6-1 over his last eight starts. He has lasted at least six innings in all but one of his 13 outings.

The Phillies (33-31) got solo homers from Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell Monday to win for the seventh time in 10 games. They bounced back nicely after an embarrassing 17-5 loss on Sunday to last-place Kansas City.

“That’s baseball. You can always come back and start from scratch,” manager Charlie Manuel said.

Philadelphia fans didn’t get a chance to see former Phillies slugger Jim Thome at the plate Monday. Thome, who was dealt to the White Sox in a trade that sent Aaron Rowand to Philadelphia before last season, is facing his former team for the first time since the deal.

He isn’t expected to start until Wednesday because the designated hitter isn’t in use in this interleague series, but was on deck when the game ended, ready to enter as a pinch hitter.

“We didn’t want Thome getting up there where he could tie or win the game for them,” Manuel said.

The Phillies will be facing Chicago starter Jose Contreras (4-6, 4.23), who allowed three runs in 7 1-3 innings of Thursday’s 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees. The Cuban right-hander, who has never faced Philadelphia, has allowed 13 runs in 19 innings over his last three starts, going 0-2 and raising his ERA from 3.71.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Contreras TEX vs. C. Hamels TEX
10-17 Record 15-5
5.57 ERA 3.39
113 K 177
62 BB 43
1.56 WHIP 1.12


Tuesday, Jun 12