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The Last (And Lost) Weekend

September 29th vs. the Minnesota Twins

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It actually occurred some time ago, but now it's official.

Short Take:Carlos Rodon couldn't make anything work, and the Sox lost 8-3 on a cold night in Minnesota.

The White Sox lost their final Saturday game of 2018, 8-3, to the Minnesota Twins. The story tonight was Carlos Rodon's one-inning flameout and the vexing trend of his 0-5 September.

Rodon couldn't find the plate with a GPS device. When he did find the plate, the ball was right in the barrel of a Minnesota bat. In one inning of work, Rodon gave up eight runs on six hits and four walks. He threw 66 pitches in that time. Rodon was mercifully pulled in the second, having loaded the bases with no outs.

Rodon did get two strikeouts as he careened through that one inning. Yeah, but that's cold comfort when eight runs are given up in only three outs. The Sox got on the board in the first when Omar Narvaez singled home Daniel Palka, but Rodon's generosity thereafter made that run insignificant.

Jeanmar Gomez was brought in after Rodon to cauterize the wound, but promptly walked in a run, setting the score at 8-1. The game ambled on quietly from that point, with nobody seeing a need to score again until the Sox bats woke up in the ninth. A couple of hits, a throwing error, and a sac fly gave the Sox two runs in the ninth to make it 8-3. A lousy game at the end of a lousy season.

I find myself looking for comparisons, analogs, living metaphors. I have one that occurred to me recently.

In Vincennes, Indiana every July they hold the Parade of a Thousand Clowns. It's a festive event with hundreds of people stumbling comically, wearing bright face paint, funny hats, and floppy shoes. Lots of laughs and a carnival atmosphere.

We were at the game against the Indians this past Wednesday. The Sox lost 10-2, and no one seemed surprised. A decision was made (Renteria's? Cooper's? Hahn's?) to not pitch a starter, but instead open it to the bullpen. Seven relievers pitched, starting with Jace Fry and ending with Jose Ruiz. I thought about that annual cavalcade in Vincennes and wondered how these guys would look with big red noses and polka-dot bloomers, because it truly was a clown parade masquerading as major-league baseball, but without the carnival.

It seems so long ago that they won the season's first game 14-7, romping over the Royals in Kansas City. Six home runs, three of them by Matt Davidson. Could it be, we wondered? Are these signs that the Rebuild is paying off? Pretty to think so, but it was a delusion. I was guilty of it, as were others I talked with.

But hope, however irrational, is the warp and woof of baseball. We hope that the next at-bat, the next game, the next series, will be the turning point. But stuff happens. Danny Farquhar, Michael Kopech, Miguel Gonzalez, Avi Garcia, Jose Abreu, and others, major and minor, went down with injuries. Those that remained were often disappointments.

We talk a lot about tanking. Is it worth the better draft position? Will it keep the payroll down long enough to allow big contracts later? And if they really wanted to tank, could they do it right? The Sox now hold the MLB team strikeout record. They're also currently 30th out of 30 teams in strikeouts per game, 25th out of 30 in pitching, and 27th out of 30 in fielding. And they lost their 99th game tonight.

I'd say they've tanked and done it very well. I hope that draft pick is worth it.

Fun Da Mentalz:
It's always sad to see a season end. But this year, it's kind of a relief.

submitted by tebman.

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September 29... The Last (And Lost) Weekend

September 24... Covey Captivates, but Kluber Cruises

September 22... At Least They Won't Clinch Here

September 18...Klubered, but Not Clobbered

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