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Forced Meltdown

August 13 at San Francisco


Daily Sox Crop Report:
Noxious weeds
Everything was growing nicely, but some people far away planted something that shouldn't have been there, so everything died.

Short Take: A shady obstruction ruling opens the floodgates for a bad bottom of the seventh.

This season has been extremely frustrating for the White Sox. That means they don't need any outside forces to cause enough instability to make a good game terrible. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Jose Quintana was matched up against former Sox ace Jake Peavy, who entered the game at 1-12. The two kept the opposing lineups in check for the first three innings before Adam Dunn drew blood in the fourth with a solo homer into McCovey Cove. The Cove's namesake was in attendance and, along with everybody else, didn't see any further runs scored in the following two frames. That paved the way for a bottom of the seventh inning we won't soon forget, but for the wrong reasons.

The Giants put runners on first and third with one out on singles by Michael Morse and Adam Duvall. Then, Joe Panik grounded to first and Jose Abreu threw home to easily gun Gregor Blanco, who had come on to pinch-run for Morse. But hold everything. Thanks in part to a previous injury sustained by Giants catcher Buster Posey, catchers must now provide a clear path to the plate for the runner. As this is the first season for this new and debatable rule, how catcher's obstruction is interpreted remains unclear. That's why we have no clue what the umpires in New York took into account when the crew at AT&T Park asked them to review it. Although Jordan Danks was confirmed to be out on a similar review last night, this one declared Tyler Flowers interfered with Morse, so he was credited with the run, tying the game. This took four minutes and 55 seconds to determine, mind you.

Well sir, that caused Robin Ventura to go into a frenzy and get himself ejected. It was as animated as we've seen him in three years as White Sox manager. Among other things, he aggresively covered the plate with dirt like an angry child. However, it was merely the first in a series of events that saw the whole team lose its composure.

Quintana, who had been cruising to that point, got Brandon Crawford to fly out, but then walked Joaquin Arias to load the bases while trying to get the inning's fourth out. Ronald Belisario, who is still on the roster for some reason, came in to relieve the starter. Faster than you can say "hide the women and children," Belisario surrendered three straight RBI singles to Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence and Posey (appropriately). As a final insult, the fourth out appeared to be made on a fly ball when outfielder Dunn crashed into Leury Garcia, resulting in a blown catch and two more runs. By the time Javy Guerra finally got Blanco to fly out to Alejandro De Aza, the Giants had scored seven runs. With no real offensive threat from the Sox forthcoming, just about everyone knew this one was in the bag.

Peavy, who went seven innings, earned his second win of the season and Quintana unfairly took the loss after being charged with four runs. He probably would have taken another no-decision instead, but that wouldn't have fallen in line with his luck, would it? It's just too bad some outside forces caused him to lose control instead of regular fatigue.

While we spend Thursday's day off thinking about how stupid this "obstruction" rule is and how it's bound to effect a much bigger game sooner or later, we can also look forward to Friday's return to the South Side. That will open a weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hector Noesi will face Marcus Stroman at 7:10 on Comcast SportsNet.

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