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Crazy Things in Loss

September 4 vs. Cleveland

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Bad News Bears
Like the Bears with the Yankees at the end, the Sox don't really care that their rivals are hot stuff.

Short Take:   Shields is hurt, Engel becomes acrobatic, Liriano has himself a day and Avi gets in a shouting match during a loss to Cleveland.

The White Sox unfortunately happened to be in the way of a hot Cleveland Indians team Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. An Indians win would have been their 12th in a row and it would officially eliminate the Sox from AL Central contention. That's just what happened in a 5-3 decision. There were plenty of moments to make the afternoon memorable though.

The Tribe first tagged James Shields in the second inning. Carlos Santana led off with a home run, which was immediately followed by a Yandy Diaz double. Diaz scored with two outs on a double from Roberto Perez. Santana led off with the fourth with a single and later scored on Francisco Mejia's single, though he might have been out at the plate had Omar Narvaez handled Adam Engel's throw from center cleanly.

Avisail Garcia got a little testy with Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in the bottom of the fourth. The two exchanged words throughout the at-bat, which ended with Garcia striking out. Garcia also had things to say to the umpires, even as he went out to take his position for the fifth. Somehow, he didn't say enough to merit an ejection.

Fans in the stands forgot all about Garcia's episode when Engel flat-out robbed Austin Jackson of a home run by leaping over the center-field wall. This kid has been giving it his all in the field and making plays that would make Aaron Rowand jealous. Perhaps inspired by Engel's jumping ability, September call-up Rymer Liriano blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. For someone who hadn't been in the majors since 2014, the moment was extremely gratifying.

A scary moment came in the seventh when Shields, who had pitched very well to that point, took a liner from Mejia near his kneecap and had to exit. The diagnosis was a knee contusion, which was a very lucky scenario to play out because he was in pain when the ball went off him. Sure, his leadoff walk to Abraham Almonte scored on a Francisco Lindor hit, but did any Sox fan really care at that moment? Shields has mostly been decent of late and people were just happy to have seen him limp off the field under his own power.

Liriano rewarded Tim Anderson's base hit with an RBI double to get that run back. It was lost again though when Jose Ramirez led off the eighth with a homer. That was how the scoring ended. Though Cody Allen tried to make it interesting in the ninth by issuing two walks to bring the winning run to the plate, he struck out Rob Brantly to end it.

We learned once again just how good the Indians are and how interesting the Sox can be over this final month. Some events weren't in their control, but others were. If you're going to lose frequently, at least let us be entertained along the way. This game was a good step in that direction.

The Sox and Tribe will meet again Tuesday on the South Side. David Holmberg gets the ball against Danny Salazar. Yeah, you're probably thinking this one's already a lost cause. Even if it is, how can you resist the possibility of seeing some cool stuff on a baseball diamond?

 It wasn't a great outcome, but the plot elements kept me interested.

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