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Defeat Snatched From The Jaws Of Victory

June 23rd vs. the Oakland Athletics


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Short Take:Despite a 5-0 lead in the first inning, Sox pitchers gave up seven to lose to the A's 7-6.

The White Sox held a 5-0 lead after the first inning, but yet lost to the Oakland Athletics 7-6. "How does this happen," you ask? It might be the nine hits Sox pitchers gave up. It might be the six walks Sox pitchers gave up. It might be the chances after leadoff doubles the Sox hitters gave up. It might be all these things, summed up like a Bill James pythagorean formula showing that the White Sox simply gave up.

The bottom of the first was 20 minutes of fun baseball. Yoan Moncada led off and was hit by a pitch on his wrist. The plate umpire, true to his craft's tradition of myopia, insisted it hit Moncada's bat. A challenge ensued, and the panjandrums in New York agreed with Moncada's swollen wrist that the pitch struck the hitter. Avi Garcia singled, Jose Abreu singled to drive in Moncada, Matt Davidson walked, and two fielder's choices later, Tim Anderson hit a three-run homer to right. When the cheering stopped, the Sox led 5-0. What could go wrong?

The Sox pitching staff could, and did, go wrong, and among the five of them they gave up six walks and nine timely Oakland hits, including two crowd-silencing home runs.

But the walks! Did these guys miss class when the strike zone was covered? In the unlikely event that the Sox hurlers are gathered around the card table reading this essay, I offer this quote from the 2013 edition of the Official Baseball Rules:

Rule 2.00 -- Definition of Terms

The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.

That public service announcement was brought to you by the Unlettered Guild of Dyspeptic White Sox Fans. C'mon, you guys! Throw strikes! Rick Renteria talks about how these guys are growing, as if they were potted plants. But they're pitching in the major leagues and treat the strike zone as if it's been quarantined. I don't get it.

The second inning is a case in point. After two outs, Sox starter Dylan Covey gave up a walk to Matt Olson. Then, throwing tentatively, offered a sweetly-hittable pitch to Stephen Piscotty. Nuts -- now it's 5-2, but things looked under control.

In the fifth, Covey walked the leadoff hitter (one of four he awarded), then asked for help in the middle of Jonathan Lucroy's at-bat. He had "groin tightness," which sounds like a TMI matter. In any case, he was charged with four runs, three of which were on base because of walks. Chris Volstad came in after Covey's exit and gave up two more runs on another walk and three hits, one of those being a solo homer. That homer gave Oakland a 6-5 lead and drew a collective sigh from the frustrated thousands in the ballpark.

The Sox re-tied the game 6-6 in the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice by Moncada. Sounds good, but the next four Sox hitters struck out, setting a tone for the rest of the game. The A's put-away run came in the seventh, when after two outs, a fly to right was lost in the (sun? clouds? blue yonder?) by Avi Garcia and fell for a double. That was folowed by another double to bring the proceedings to 7-6, where it stayed until the curtain fell.

Patience; rebuilding; prospects; etcetera; and blah, blah, blah. But it's tough to watch. Stay tuned for 2020 -- maybe the strike zone will be expanded in time for the Sox pitchers to miss that class, too.

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