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E6 FTW

April 15, vs. Boston


Daily Sox Crop Report:
Frozen Bats Alert
Offensive nowhere to be found, but young right Erik Johnson picks his teammates up with quality start

Short Take:Not pretty but it counts... Good Guys outlast Carmines in Round 1 of Battle of the Soxes thanks to Boston's late game defensive blunder

The Red Sox and White Sox kicked off a three-game series Tuesday night at a sub-freezing U.S. Cellular Field, featuring the offense that scored an AL-best 853 runs in 2013 en route to a world title and an early season surprise, another offense off to an AL-best 80 runs scored through the first two weeks of the season. Of course, with so much firepower between the two clubs, who didnít see a classic pitcherís duel in the cards? In a game that featured only 3 runs and 8 hits, it was the Pale Hose who outlasted the Carmines, 2-1.

The story of the game for the Sox was Erik Johnson. The 24-year-old righty, our top pitching prospect, had been roughed up in his first two starts of the season but he gave the Sox arguably the best game of his young career, working 6.2 innings, striking out 9, allowing 3 hits, and walking 1. The only blemish on his line was a 4th inning solo home run by Daniel Nava.

Unfortunately for Johnson, that would be enough to deny him his first win of the year despite the quality start, as Jake Peavy made his return to the South Side and matched Johnson nearly pitch for pitch, right down to limiting the White Sox offense to a single solo home run, courtesy of Adam Dunn.

Offensively either team would muster little else. Adam Eaton went 1-4 on the night with a walk. Jose Abreu remained mired in his slump, going 0-3 with a walk and a K. Tyler Flowers drew the Golden Sombrero. And Alexei Ramirez would need all 9 frames to extend his hitting streak to a MLB-leading 18 games, which he did with a single in the 9th inning.

Offense was so scarce Tuesday night that the foundation for the White Soxís decisive run was laid in the Boston half of the 9th. Standing on 1st base with two outs, Mike Napoli stole second on a headís up baserunning play, however, apparently dislocated a finger in the process, lunging for the bag. Though he was attended to by the Red Sox medical staff, he was pulled and, in a cruel twist of fate, on the very next pitch, Donnie Veal buried a curveball into AJ Pierzynskiís ribcage, putting two on. Daniel Webb cleaned up the mess, ultimately earning what will likely be the easiest win of his career, throwing a grand total of 1 meaningful pitch, which pinch hitter Mike Carp softly grounded back to Webb to end the frame.

With Napoli out, however, Carp, an outfielder by trade, assumed first base duties and with Alexei Ramirez on second and two out, Marcus Semien worked a full count against Burke Badenhop. With Ramirez running on the pitch, Semein grounded sharply to Xander Bogearts at shortstop, who cleanly fielded the ball but noodle-armed the throw, bouncing it to first base while the helpless Carp blindly stabbed his mitt at the ball. It didnít work. Alexei came around to score on the error and, for the first time in what feels like forever, the Sox were on the receiving end of a defensive gaffe.

Same teams tomorrow at a hopefully warmer U.S. Cellular Field. John Danks will go for his 2nd straight win of the season for the Sox against Bostonís Clay Buccholz, who is off to a rough start for the 2014 season (0-1, 6.97 ERA) but has not lost to the White Sox since 2010. Game time is 7:10 PM Chicago time and the game will be aired locally on Channel 26, the U.

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The Futures Market:
Mixed results; Abreu remains in a slump, but Johnson gave us a strong outing and Marcus Semien, despite a rought night at the plate, got the job done with the game on the line


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