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Shivering and Losing

April 9 vs. Tampa Bay


WSI Playdate Funtime:
Don't Break the Ice
There was snow out earlier, so why not?.

Short Take: The bats go cold, and the Sox prove to be the antidote for a Tampa Bay losing streak.

The other side of town was supposed to finally have its home opener Monday, but Mother Nature sent enough snow to cause its postponment. At 35th and Shields, an evening game against the Tampa Bay Rays became an afternoon contest that was played thanks to some solid work from Roger Bossard and his world-class grounds crew. A few fans of that other team decided to make lemons out of lemonade and spend their afternoon on the South Side instead. What they and the real White Sox fans in attendance saw was a frustrating 5-4 loss, which ended the Rays' eight-game losing streak.

After Miguel Gonzalez shut down the first two Rays hitters, former Minnesota Twins piranha Carlos Gomez got the game's first hit and two batters later, its first run on an RBI single from Matt Duffy. Chris Archer began the bottom of the first by walking Yoan Moncada, who later scored on a sacrifice fly from Yolmer Sanchez. The game stayed tied until the fourth, when Daniel Robertson walked and Mallex Smith brought him home on a stand-up triple. Smith then tried to score on a ground ball, but became the first of three Rays runners to be gunned down at the plate thanks to a nice throw from Tim Anderson to Omar Narvaez.

Gonzalez's outing became numbered in the fifth. Joey Wendle led off with a home run, Gomez doubled, and Duffy singled Gomez in for the second time. The Sox got both runs back in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff single by Moncada and a two-run homer from Nicky Delmonico. Though the weather was cold, the intensity heated up.

The sixth saw the game's final runs: one for each team. Smith tagged Aaron Bummer for a leadoff single and moved to second on a wild pitch before stealing third. Denard Span, another former piranha, singled him in. The bottom of the frame saw Leury Garcia reach on a Robertson error, steal second and score on a Narvaez double.

We can't talk about this game without mentioning its disappointing finish. Rays closer Alex Colome got himself in trouble immediately when he walked Jose Abreu and gave up a single to Delmonico. When both runners moved 90 feet on a wild pitch, the Sox were in prime position to come back and win with runners in scoring position and no outs. Instead, three consecutive groundouts by Sanchez, Anderson (on the first pitch) and Leury Garcia ended the game and left Sox fans shaking their heads and wondering how their team let a winnable game slip away.

The conversation begins and ends with runners in scoring position. The Sox were 2 for 16 in that situation Monday after going 0 for 11 in their previous two games against the Detroit Tigers. When your team is consistently unable to succeed in scoring situations against two terrible teams, it's time to consider the possibility that this might be the worst team in baseball in 2018. We'll gladly take the first pick of the 2019 draft, but watching a team play at this level of ineptitude for six months is going to make for a long stretch between now and the end of September.

The Sox are still looking for their first win at Guaranteed Rate Field this season. They'll get their next chance Tuesday against these same Rays. Carson Fulmer will look to build off his solid first start of the season in Toronto, and the Rays will counter with Blake Snell. The game begins at 1:10 if you think you can stomach more of what's become an ugly homestand.

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 The game was as cold and miserable as the weather.


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