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Just out of Reach

April 29, vs. Detroit

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Not quite enough
Getting the lead early is great, but you have to add to it, as well

Short Take: Sox jump on Verlander early but can't put game away as Tigers come back to win in 9th

A costly ninth inning error by Dayan Viciedo in right field and a gutsy, 2-out bunt by Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday provided Detroit with the winning margin Tuesday, but this game was lost far before Viciedo dropped that fly ball at the warning track or Holaday’s bunt rolled dead in the cold, wet April grass. The Sox bats jumped on Tigers ace Justin Verlander early but were unable to convert in a couple of late game, high leverage situations, allowing Detroit to claw back and hand the home side a 4-3 defeat.

While the White Sox continue to scramble to find starting pitching (more on that later), the Tigers, having played 6 fewer games than the Pale Hose thanks to a combination of rain outs and scheduled off days, can’t find enough work for all their starters. Projected 5th SP Drew Smyly has worked as many games out of the bullpen as he has started so far this year as his spot in the rotation has been skipped repeatedly early into the campaign. Following a rain out Sunday in Minnesota and an travel day Monday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was again able to push his rotation back a day, meaning the Sox would see Detroit’s 1-2 SP punch, Verlander and Max Scherzer during this two-game set.

Still, it was the Sox who drew first blood tonight; after Verlander and Jose Quintana traded a couple of scoreless frames, the prolific South Side Hitmen scored three times in a rally featuring singles from Marcus Semien and Gordon Beckham and doubles from Adam Eaton and Adam Dunn. However, from there on out, Verlander and the well rested Detroit bullpen would slam the door on any further damage while their offense slowly chipped away at the deficit.

Quintana himself pitched a fine game for 6 2/3 innings; unfortunately, it was that last out that killed him. After retiring Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler to open the 7th inning, back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter, and Austin Jackson erased the 2-run Sox lead and set Quintana up for the all-too-familiar no decision. Meanwhile, in the home halves of the frames, the Sox were busy stranding runners in scoring position. In both the 7th and 8th innings, they had a runner in scoring position with 1 out and could only muster 1 weakly hit ball in play, an inning-ending fielder’s choice in the 8th. Otherwise, they were 0-4 with a pair of walks (one intentional) and 3 strikeouts.

The decisive ninth inning was nearly avoided; after Austin Jackson reached third on an error by Dayan Viciedo (he just underran a ball hit to the right field wall, as it just barely escaped the webbing of his mitt), Ronald Belisario got a huge 1-out punch out of Nick Castellanos but Holaday’s surprise bunt could not have been executed any better. The ball rolled dead too far from either Semien at 3B or Tyler Flowers behind the plate and Belisario, slowed by having to field it cautiously on the wet turf, did make a nice play and made the play at first closer than expected, but his throw was late, a little high, and a little wide. Holaday reached, Jackson scored. 4-3.

Facing nemesis Joe Nathan, all the team could muster was a deep fly out by Flowers to the left-center track, but it was not to be. The loss drops the Sox back to .500, 2 games behind division-leading Detroit.

In good news, even though the bullpen was tagged with its 6th loss of the season (somehow not the worst in the AL, but close), Belisario and Jake Petricka did combine for 3 innings of earned run-less and walk-less relief. In bad news, Jose Abreu did not drive home a run this evening, leaving him 4 RBI short of the all-time MLB March/April record of 36 set by Juan Gonzalez in 1998. And in tomorrow’s news, the Sox and Tigers will wrap up this brief two-game series and this 6-game homestand as Hector Noesi (I told you we were scrambling) makes his second start since 2012 against reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. First pitch, weather permitting, will be at 1:10 PM Central time and you can catch the action on WGN.

The Futures Market:
One loss, even one this frustrating, doesn't erase a solid week of ball the Sox just played. Clock out and forget about it, and let's get them tomorrow.

submitted by doublem23

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Adam Eaton

Not a ton of great candidates tonight, but Spanky did drive in a run and later score one, making him the most prolific offensive star of the night

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