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Rolled By A Brewer Barrel

June 2 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers

WSI Playdate Funtime:
The Sox coudn't get past the Brewers' blockade.

Short Take:Despite James Shields going seven innings and looking good, the Sox couldn't score and lost to the Brewers 5-0.

Limited Time Offer! Veteran pitcher -- Talented Tried and Tested! Call now! You might expect to pay five hot prospects -- four hot prospects -- but no, he can be yours for the low, low, price of three hot prospects! And, if you act now, we'll accept your trade-in of a catcher to be named later!

The Sox were shut out Saturday by the Brewers, 5-0. Starter James Shields did a Jose Quintana imitation, looking good without run support.

Shields has looked better as the season has progressed. We know, and we knew going in, that this year was going to be a long slog, a year that was to be spent watching the sprouts on the farm grow taller and stronger. A guy like Shields was here to keep the team respectable while we waited. He was a bust the first year and looked to be washed up, but recently seems to have regained some of that old form.

Saturday he went seven innings and was pulled in the eighth after giving up a leadoff homer to Lorenzo Cain, the third solo longball he'd allowed. At that point it was 3-0 for the barrel-rollers and it seemed within reach. But alas, our AAA squad couldn't score.

Our guys threatened late in the game. Jose Abreu singled to lead off the ninth, followed by a Jose Rondon double. But two popups and one strikout later, the hopefulness vanished.

No surprise in any of this. If there's a story, it's the possibility that Shields will have more value as a mid-season trade piece for a contending team that's looking for a reliable fifth starter. With the Sox looking behind storage boxes trying to find replacement players for all those who are injured or unripened, Shields is most valuable as the means to stockpile a few more saplings.

The best news of the weekend was the appearance of Danny Farquhar before Friday's game, surrounded by both teams: his clubhouse mates and his medical support group. His experience was frightening and of a level bigger than his career. The fact he's recovered this much, this soon, is a credit to the medical experts, to his resilience, and to his and his family's good fortune. Great to see you back, Danny.

In the meantime, stand by for 2019. The Sox might not make the postseason next year, but they will have looked real good in those late-night, 1-800 informercials hawking Shields.

Fun Da Mentalz:
Ozzie used to say that fun is winning and winning is fun. I propose a corollary: Not fun is losing, and losing is not fun.

submitted by tebman.

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