Let's have a little recap of Will Ohman's afternoon Wednesday in Minnesota. The erstwhile veteran lefty entered the fray with the White Sox leading the Twins 12-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ohman did not blow the 10-run lead, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Honestly, it's a miracle the Twins only scored three runs the last two innings. Here's how it all went down:
1. Ohman walks the fearsome Brian Dozier to start the outing.
2. He falls behind the fearsome Jamey Carroll 2-0 before getting a fly out to left field.
3. The count goes 3-1 on the fearsome Darin Mastroianni, causing Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski to chuck the ball back to the mound at about 100 mph in frustration. Too bad he didn't take Ohman's head off with that toss.
4. Ohman lays a 3-1 fastball right down the pipe to Mastroianni, who hits his first career home run to make the score 12-4.
5. Ben Revere hits a screaming liner to shortstop, which fortunately lands in the glove of Alexei Ramirez.
6. Joe Mauer grounds out to second on a 3-2 pitch. Inning over.
1. Ohman hangs a slider to .177-hitting Chris Parmelee. Base hit to right field.
2. Miracle of all miracles, Ohman strikes out Justin Morneau. Proof positive Morneau is not the slugger he used to be.
3. Ohman hits Trevor Plouffe in the foot with an 0-2 slider.
4. Ohman beans Ryan Doumit on the very next pitch to load the bases.
5. The fearsome Dozier nearly knocks Sox third baseman Eduardo Escobar over with a vicious ground ball. Fortunately, Escobar hangs in there, gloves it and gets a force at third as a run scores.
6. Carroll hits into a fielder's choice, and the Sox "escape" with a harrowing 12-5 victory.
Final line on Ohman: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 runs, they were earned, 1 K, 1 walk, two hit batsmen, 46 pitches, only 24 strikes, half a million antacid tablets consumed by Sox fans. Ohman's ERA for the season is now 6.41.
And there his ERA will stay because the Sox will designate Ohman for assignment Thursday.
Praise. The. Lord.