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Sox Take it in the Colon

April 23, at Baltimore


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Short Take:  I'm struggling to find ways this could have been more embarrassing.

Look, I get that Bartolo Colon will never return to his pre-2006, Cy Young winning days.  I understand he's in the lower half of the Sox's rotation and that from time to time, he'll drop a stinker.  But there is just having a bad outing and being absolutely atrocious and today he was the latter.  And the worst part was his 3 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 R day was just the tip of the iceberg in tonight's 6-2 loss to the Orioles.

Yes, opposing Bartolo was Adam Eaton.  ADAM EATON.  Of the 17 hits in 8 IP and 11.25 ERA entering tonight's game.  So of course, he absolutely baffled the Sox all night, to the tune of allowing only a pair of runs in 7.1 innings on 6 hits, and by the way, 2 of the hits and the pair of runs came in the 8th inning after he was clearly gassed.

The Orioles jumped all over Colon. When he wasn't grooving 88-MPH fastballs that tailed right over the heart of the plate, he was bouncing pitches 5 feet short of home plate. The Orioles scored in the first on a 2-out double by Aubrey Huff.  Adam Jones was going to hold at third, but when Chris Getz couldn't field Jermaine Dye's relay, he scored easily.  Colon, picking up his defense made sure he didn't get tagged with the unearned run as Ty Wiggington singled to center to score Huff.  After working out of a bases loaded jam in the 2nd, Colon fell apart in the third, starting the inning with a Aubrey Huff single and Ty Wiggington double.  Luke Scott, quickly becoming another Sox killer, doubled to bring the pair home and scored on a 2-out single by Cesar Izturis.  5-0 and it would be a long night for the bullpen.

Actually, the Sox bullpen came through tonight, as DJ Carrasco picked up the pieces and pitched 3 strong innings.  He did allow an unearned run in the 4th when Adam Jones' softly hit ground ball struck Carrasco on the mound, but even after regrouping and with plenty of time to get Jones at first, Carrasco sailed his throw to Paul Konerko.  Jones would come around to score on a double by Nick Markasis, but from there, Carrasco settled down and resembled a big league pitcher, something that has been sorely missing from the front of the Sox bullpen.  Octavio Dotel and Bobby Jenks also each threw a scoreless inning to get some work in, but the contest was rarely ever in doubt.

The Sox lone chance to get back into the game came, as I said, in the 8th.  With Eaton starting to labor, Alexei Ramirez lead off the inning with a double down the left field line.  Chris Getz, who went 2-4 in another impressive performance at the top of the order, singled to right moving runners to first and third.  Jim Johnson relieved Eaton, and after getting Josh Fields to harmlessly ground out, he plunked Carlos Quentin in the left hand to load the bases.  Quentin left the game to get some preliminary X-ray work done.  Great.  With Jerry Owens running for him, Jim Thome singled to left field, scoring a pair and putting the tying run on the on deck circle for the Sox's big boppers against the bullpen that has surrendered the most home runs in the American League so far.  Jermaine Dye, however, quickly fell behind 0-2 to Johnson and eventually chased a breaking ball in the dirt to end the minor threat.

Even with tonight's disheartening loss, it's important to remember that in the big picture this 11-day, 9-game road trip was still a success, as the Sox posted a 5-4 record and will come home at worst, tied for second with the Royals, 1 game behind Detroit, assuming the Tigers can make their early lead in Los Angeles stick.  Tomorrow night, the Sox return to the South Side against our Neighbors from the North as the AL East leading Blue Jays arrive for a 3-game set this weekend.  The Sox will flip flop their rotation for the series, as Gavin Floyd will get the start tomorrow night against Brian Tallet while Mark Buehrle will take the ball on Saturday.  Tomorrow's game starts at 7:11 PM and will be aired on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  It stinks!


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Jim Thome

Yes, he was 1-4 with 3 K, but his 8th inning single was as clutch as the Sox got, as it accounted for 100% of tonight's offensive output.

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