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The Pain of the Road Trip Continues

September 23 at Los Angeles Angels


Today's Sox Crew:
Wrecking Ball
The Sox are wrecking their post-season chances by having the Ventura era's episode of a September meltdown.

Short Take:Since Gavin Floyd did not throw a shutout, the Sox lost. Plain and simple.

In what has shaped up to be a losing streak that matches the team's longest of the season, Sox fans are gritting their teeth and chewing down their nails with every gut-wrenching loss. When the Sox offense is basically asking its starting pitcher to throw a shutout against a team like the Los Angeles Angels, it's simply asking too much. Today's victim was Gavin Floyd, though I don't blame this loss on him at all; I blame it on the anemic offense and its approach. Personally, I thought Floyd had good stuff and out-pitched Jered Weaver. But when Floyd received zero offensive support, he became the latest victim and he and his team lost 4-1.

How many times, particularly this month, has a walk opened the floodgates for the opponent? Too many to ask! This time, said floodgates opened in the sixth when Floyd (10-11) walked Mike Trout with one out. With his wheels, walking Trout is like allowing a double. Torii Hunter's first-pitch swinging allowed the running Trout to move into third with one out. With that, Floyd seemingly lost his confidence. Albert Pujols followed with a two-run double and Kendrys Morales followed with a two-run shot, putting the Angels up 4-0.

Shockingly enough, the Sox didn't get shut out in this game. A.J. Pierzynski led off the top of the seventh with a double, then went to third on a wild pitch by Weaver. Dayan Viciedo followed with a sacrifice fly, putting the Sox on the board with their lone run.

Weaver (19-4) wasn't all that impressive. The Sox had him on the ropes in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Kevin Youkilis singled, Adam Dunn doubled and Paul Konerko walked. However, that horrible approach of trying to hit a home run, rather than just driving the ball bit the Sox once again, as Alex Rios struck out and Pierzynski grounded out to short, ending the threat. Weaver is the type of pitcher who you have to get to when he's not pitching his best and the Sox failed at doing that. Dude doesn't have 19 wins because he's bad!

At this stage of the season, with 10 games to go, you can't really rely on your division rival's daily opponent to take care of business for you. However, with that said, Minnesota helped us out tremendously Sunday afternoon by white-washing the Tigers 10-4. Because of that Detroit loss, the worst that can happen is the Sox will go to bed tonight tied for the division lead with the hated Tigers.

After this nightmare of a road trip, the Sox come back to Chicago for their last homestand of the regular season, which begins Monday night with three against the cleveland Indians. If there was ever a big week of baseball in Chicago, this is it! It's all on the line and we need the Sox to come through! Fortunately, they're looking to Chris Sale (17-7, 2.82 ERA) to do just that. He'll start for the Sox Monday night and will oppose Zach McAllister (5-8, 4.31 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10p CDT and you can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet.

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