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Flaming Out in Philly

September 21 at Philadelphia

Toon Squad Update:
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The Sox acted tough, but did nothing serious in the end.

Short Take:   The Phillies light up Chris Sale, likely ending his AL Cy Young hopes.

There was a time when Chris Sale was a lock to win 20 games this season. When that probability ended, he still had a shot to win the AL Cy Young Award. It would have been nice to salvage a major positive of a bad year. Instead, he pitched poorly Wednesday in an 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

It looked promising early when Adam Eaton deposited the game's second pitch from Jerad Eickhoff into the right field seats. But the bottom of the first quickly showed this would not be Sale's night. Cesar Hernandez led off with a single and Sale hit Maikel Franco. Tommy Joseph's RBI double tied the game and Cameron Rupp immediately followed with a 2-run RBI to make it 3-1.

Sale hit his second batter, Roman Quinn, to lead off the third. Quinn later appeared to get caught stealing third, but Todd Frazier missed the tag and the Philles won the challenge that claimed such. Joseph gained positive vibes from the reversal and blasted a two-run homer. Another run scored in the fourth on Hernandez's RBI triple and that was all she wrote for Sale's evening.

Chris Beck came on in relief and retired the first four hitters he faced. But he got rattled after a pitch hit the back of Tyler Goeddel's batting helmet. He issued two walks before giving way to Blake Smith. It didn't matter because Franco hit a 2-RBI single, rounding out the Phillies' scoring.

Todd Frazier and Alex Avila's back-to-back homers meant nothing for this game or this season besides Frazier still chasing a 40-HR, 100-RBI season. A loss like this makes you wonder how many players and coaches really want to keep doing this for another week-and-a-half. The hitters are failing in the clutch again and the pitching is spotty in places. Really though, do any of the problems for this season still matter?

The season's final road series starts Friday against the Cleveland Indians. Miguel Gonzalez takes the hill against Trevor Bauer at 6:10. The novelty of playing spoiler doesn't seem as appealing during a five-game losing streak. Someone's gotta do it though.

That's all folks:
 This team couldn't win a game, even if it smacked 'em in the face.

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