The Big Bang bunch is back at U.S. Cellular Field, which is good for the fireworks crowd but not so good for a team that was supposed to win with small ball.
The all-or-nothing approach was supposed to have been sent packing along with Carlos Lee and Magglio Ordonez, but home runs have sneaked their way back into the White Sox lexicon.
In their last three games, the Sox have scored nine of their 10 runs on long balls, including homers from Aaron Rowand and A.J. Pierzynski in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the lowly Seattle Mariners.
"If we're trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark, we have the wrong team," a disgusted manager Ozzie Guillen said afterward. "I don't think anybody on this team can do that."
Could the over-the-wall mentality at the homer-friendly Cell account for the Sox losing 10 of their last 14 home games?
"I wish I knew why," Guillen said. "Most teams play good at home; we don't. We play poorly.
"If we go to the playoffs, I hope we don't have the best record [so we will start on the road]."
Friday's losswith 39,165 Elvis Night fans making it a franchise single-season record 11th sellout on a perfect summer baseball nightwas even more upsetting considering the Mariners did it with Ichiro Suzuki taking an 0-for-3 and running his career-long hitless slump to 22 straight at-bats.
And they did it by beating their former teammate Freddy Garcia (11-5), who lasted seven innings and gave up all four runs.
Richie Sexson's 27th home run to lead off the second inning tied the game 1-1, and then Garcia gave up single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.
The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the fourth in Willie Bloomquist's leadoff single, a walk and Adrian Beltre's RBI single. In the sixth, Raul Ibanez singled and scored on Sexson's double. In the seventh, Yuniesky Betancourt led off with a walk and eventually scored on Yorvit Torrealba's groundout.
"I thought Freddy threw pretty good, but he had no support from the offense," Guillen said.
"It's not that we're trying to hit home runs," Paul Konerko said. "In my own case, I've had success going up the middle and going the other way. That's just not the thing of it."
The only inning the White Sox put the leadoff runner on base against Seattle starter Joel Piniero was in the sixth when Konerko singled. But he was erased immediately on Pierzynski's double-play grounder, and Jermaine Dye was called out on strikes.
In the third inning, Scott Podsednik doubled against Piniero with one out, and Tadahito Iguchi was hit in the back of the helmet before Rowand ended the threat with a double play.
Iguchi, who won Thursday's game against Toronto with an eighth-inning home run, became the 52nd Sox batter hit by a pitch, second most in the American League. He stayed in the game after a brief examination at first base by trainer Herm Schneider.
In the seventh inning, Iguchi came to bat with runners on first and second and two outs but lined out to first base.
The final two innings resulted in six straight outs against J.J. Putz and Eddie Guardado, who recorded his 26th save.
"We need to get on base a little bit more," Guillen said. "We did a good job of that the first half. We did a good job the first two weeks [the second half].
"Now we're freelancing. We have to do a better job of getting on base. We have to use more common sense. I feel like we're going through the motions.
"That's the way I feel."