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Yard Sale

April 13 vs. the Cleveland Indians


Today's Game Rating:
1 STAR
Scoring four runs is better than none, but giving up nine is not the way to beat a division rival.

Short Take:Chris Sale didn't have it today, but the Cleveland hitters sure did, pounding the listless White Sox 9-4 on a crummy day in Cleveland.

Chris Sale is the closest thing the White Sox have to a stopper. If the team is having a rough stretch, he's the guy you want to take the ball. He took it, all right. He took it in Cleveland today, and he took it hard. Giving up eight earned runs in only 4-1/3 innings, Sale had his worst outing as a starter as the Sox lost to the Lake Erie Pretenders 9-4.

It was a cold, dreary day in cold, dreary Cleveland, and the Sox' performance matched the local ambience. The Sox did get seven hits, scattered across a couple of innings as they scored four runs. But they would've had to score a lot more to overcome Cleveland's use of Sale for batting practice.

Here's how it went down: the Sox scored in the first when Jeff Keppinger doubled and scored when Alex Rios reached on an error by firstbaseman Mark Reynolds. Rios scored later on a single by Paul Konerko. 2-0 for the Sox in the middle of the first, and we dared to think the four-game losing streak might become a memory.

In the bottom of the first Sale gave up an uncharacteristic early walk to Ryan Raburn, followed by the eternally annoying Nick Swisher, who homered and preened. Now it's tied 2-2, but we can deal with that.

In the third, Swisher came back with a two-out double and scored on a single by Reynolds. 3-2 now for the Toons and we start chewing our gum more vigorously.

But it was the fifth inning that made us spit out our gum and start chewing the furniture. Sale gave up a leadoff single to Asdrubal Cabrera and a double to Raburn to put men on second and third. Swisher, who seems to show up like the annoying guy at work who won't leave you alone, got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mark Reynolds then grandly slammed a 1-1 slider deep into left to make this exercise go to 7-2.

Sale was clearly frustrated, as was evidenced by the next hitter's receiving a fastball to the body. The umpires harumphed and warned the benches. After one more out, Sale was taken out for Deunte Heath, who promptly gave up a homer to Yan Gomes. Now it's 9-2 and we've given up chewing things.

The Sox did pick up two more runs in the seventh after Alexei Ramirez was hit by a pitch and scored on Alejandro De Aza's homer. Now it's 9-4, but that's still a steep hill to climb when the bats are cold.

The Sox didn't climb that hill and that's the way it ended. Alex Rios' hitting streak is over, Tyler Flowers entered Adam Dunn territory with three strikeouts, and 11 runners were left on base. Not much more to say. Five losses in a row is a tough pill to swallow, especially early in the season.

I hope they don't keep this up. I'll have to explain to my dentist why I've got upholstery stuck in my teeth.

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Two Thumbs Down! Well, Hawk, you can't leave men on base and expect to score runs. Hawk? Hawk?


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