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Sox bats, bullpen fail Floyd

April 21 vs. Minnesota Twins


Today's Game Rating:
1 STARS
I'd give it a 0, but Floyd was decent. Everyone else gets marked ABSENT.

Short Take:   Continued meager offense combines with bullpen betrayal to blow effective Floyd start; Sox fall to Twins 5-3.

Gavin Floyd (0-3) took the mound against Scott Diamond (0-1) at a chilly but sunny US Cellular Field today, this last game of the series against the Minnesota Twins (Friday night’s postponed game will be rescheduled at a later date).

Floyd has had a bumpy start to the season, but I was pleased to see Good Gavin make his appearance at home today. He allowed three hits and three walks and fanned six through six innings, and his curve ball was outstanding. In the sixth, Floyd pitched out of some rough spots and departed the game with a 2-1 lead.

Unfortunately, that tenuous lead could not be attributed to a much-needed offensive resurgence by the Sox, but mostly to mistakes by the Twins. In the fourth inning, Alejandro De Aza hit a deep fly to left that was misplayed by Josh Willingham. De Aza ended up on second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a Jeff Keppinger grounder to short. In the sixth, De Aza’s drag bunt caused Diamond to airmail his throw to first, allowing De Aza to get to third. This was followed by Keppinger sacrificing to center, and De Aza scored.

Even though this didn’t hint at a potential Sox offensive resurgence, good teams find a way to win…right? Whatever it takes to win the game… right?

The Sox bullpen came in to do its job, but failed to hold up its end of the deal. Coming into the seventh with a one-run lead, Matt Lindstrom (who has been a dependable reliever for the Sox to date) walked the first batter he faced. A stolen base (more like a passed ball), followed by a hit, tied the game. After another hit, Ventura called for the ‘pen. Brought in to face the dangerous Joe Mauer, so-called lefty specialist Donnie Veal walked him on four pitches. Ventura lifted Veal for Jesse Crain, and Willingham promptly hit Crain’s first pitch deep to center, doubling in three runs. To Crain’s credit, he was better in the eighth inning, but with the Sox offense sputtering and unable to ignite any sort of offensive attack, three runs down felt like ten runs.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Adam Dunn finally broke out of his 0-fer-a-gazillion “non-hitting streak” with a solo home run to deep center field. Lest we forget, though, he resumed the streak in the ninth inning, striking out on three pitches to end the game.

Addison Reed pitched a fine top of the ninth inning despite the non-save situation, ending by striking out Jamie Carroll and Joe Mauer on 6 pitches.

Today’s Sox middle relievers should be arrested for aiding and abetting the anemic Sox offense in conspiring to lose this series to the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps we'll leave Addison Reed off the warrant, as long as he agrees to cooperate with bullpen authorities.

Monday night the Sox face Cleveland at the Cell, 7:10 pm; Dylan Axelrod (1-0) faces Justin Masterson (3-1).

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 Hawk: “Two thumbs down, and I gotta tell ya, Stone Pony, my thumbs are gettin’ awful tired of pointin’ at the floor all time.” Stone: “I agree, Hawk; let’s see if the Sox can turn this barge around in the Chicago River.”


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