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Bartolo Bombed

June 7 vs. Cleveland Indians


KW's Daily Special:
Undercooked Hot Dog
Bartolo the hot dog never retired the side in order and his offense was anemic. Yuck!

Short Take:   It was bombs galore off Bartolo Colon and squandered opportunities by the Sox on the south side this afternoon.

The Sox went into this afternoon's contest looking to take the series in the rubber game. The problem is that they were facing yet another pitcher they'd never seen before, meaning they had their work cut out for them. Rather than getting only two or three hits off a guy they'd never faced, they managed three runs on four hits off David Huff and his 9+ ERA, but it wasn't enough and they lose 8-4.

Bartolo Colon was shaky from the beginning. He walked the Cleveland lead-off hitter, Ben Francisco, who then went to third on a throwing error by Colon. Francisco scored on Jamey Carroll's groundout to short, giving the Indians the early 1-0 lead, a lead they're never relinquish.

Cleveland score two more runs in the top of the second. After Kelly Shoppach flied out to right, Colon gave up back-to-back solo homeruns to Chris Gimenez and Luis Valbuena and just like that, the Indians were up 3-0. It looked as though it would be a long afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field and it was, as the Indians added another tally in the fourth! Kelly Shoppach doubled and went to third on Gimenez's groundout to second. Shoppach came home on a sacrifice fly by Luis Valbuena to put the Indians up 4-0.

The Tribe added two more tallies in the fifth and Sox fans were getting restless. After Jamey Carroll grounded out, Bartolo Colon gave up his third and fourth homeruns on the afternoon, which were back-to-back solo shots (again) to Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo. The boo birds came out and let Colon know just what they thought of his poor start.

Fortunately, the afternoon wasn't a total loss because the Sox avoided their ninth shutout of the season when they scored three in the bottom half of the fifth. Brian Anderson led off the inning with a walk and went to second when Scott Podsednik also reached base via the free pass after Chris Getz popped out to short and Gordon Beckham went down on strikes. Alexei Ramirez came up to the plate, worked the count, and put one in the left field stands, putting the Sox on the board and cutting the Indians' lead in half, 6-3.

As good as things looked after the Sox plated three in the home half of the fifth, that's how bad they looked half an inning later when Cleveland plated two more. Wes Whisler took the mound in the sixth, as Bartolo Colon just didn't have it today. Whisler walked the only two guys he faced, throwing eight of his nine pitches outside the zone. With Luis Valbuena and Chris Gimenez having reached via those free passes, D.J. Carrasco relieved Whisler. Unfortunately, he allowed both inherited runners to score. Trevor Crowe moved both guys into scoring position when he sacrified them over with a groundout to Carrasco. Ben Francisco followed with a single to center, scoring Gimenez. Jamey Carroll followed with a base hit and Valbuena scored, making it an 8-3 game.

The Sox tacked on a run for the fun of it in the bottom of the eighth off of former Sox reliever, Luis Vizcaino. Jermaine Dye led off the inning with a free pass and went to second on Paul Konerko's single to center. Josh Fields followed with a walk, loading the bases. Rafael Perez relieved Vizcaino, and walked Ramon Castro, forcing Dye in with the fourth run of the afternoon for the Sox, but that's where the scoring stopped. Brian Anderson struck out, as did Jayson Nix, who pinch hit for Chris Getz. Gordon Beckham was then robbed of his first Major League hit and RBIs when Trevor Crowe made a diving catch, ending the scoring threat.

After dropping three of four to the A.L. West's worst A's, the Sox lost two of three to the Central's worst Indians. They have to try and shake off those losses, as they now open up a crucial five game series with the Detriot Tigers, starting with a split doubleheader tomorrow. Clayton Richard (2-1, 3.97) will start the afternoon game at U.S. Cellular Field for the Sox, while Detriot will send Armando Galarraga (3-6, 5.31) to the mound. The first pitch is set for 1:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WGN.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
 It was bombs away at U.S. Cellular Field this afternoon; it's just too bad four of those five bombs were hit by Cleveland! Meh....


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