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Sad in Cincy

July 2 at Cincinnati


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That eighth inning meant certain doom.

Short Take: James Shields keeps the Sox close, the offense responds, but a poor eighth inning makes it all for naught.

Whenever this rebuild is complete, we'll look back on games like Monday's and laugh about how awful it was to be a White Sox fan. That day has not yet come, and the worst-case scenario is it will never come. Should that be the case, the memory of this series opener with the Cincinnati Reds will linger for a long time. That's because a late comeback was nullified in a 5-3 loss.

Besides a first-pitch home run to Scott Schebler, James Shields kept the Reds off the board over 6 2/3 innings, even leaving the bases loaded in the first inning. He also collected a base hit in his first at-bat. But for most of his outing, he got no support from his offense that had little success with Luis Castillo. It must be tough to be a veteran on a team with young kids still learning to play in the major leagues.

In spite of their offensive struggles, the Sox were able to give Shields a shot to win after all. Cincinnati native Adam Engel, playing in front of a large group of supporters, singled in the seventh and scored on a two-out double by Yoan Moncada to tie the game at 1. Yolmer Sanchez then hit a rocket off the glove of Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez to score Moncada and give the Sox the lead. Avisail Garcia made it 3-1 on a solo shot in the eighth.

Chris Volstad came on in the bottom of the eighth and loaded the bases with one out. Stupid baseball happened next when Matt Davidson, who came in after Jose Abreu aggrevated an ankle injury he suffered from a foul ball earlier, fielded a ground ball at first base but failed to step on the bag. That largely happened because he was more focused on throwing to home on a force attempt. The problem was a replay challenge confirmed Omar Narvaez didn't have has foot on the plate when he received the throw, and everybody was safe with the bases still loaded.

Billy Hamilton hit a fly ball to center that was caught by Engel, who tried to throw out Jose Peraza advancing to third in an effort to preserve the Sox's lead. As a replay review showed, it didn't work, and it went down as a sacrifce fly. The game didn't stay tied for long as pinch-hitter Alex Blandino hit a two-run double to right field and logically put the game out of reach. The Sox quietly went down against Raisel Iglesias in the ninth.

There's no way this game should have turned out the way it did, but Steve Stone and Chuck Garfien pointed out how Volstad and the bullpen in general are taxed from working overtime during the series in Texas. When you don't fresh arms, you set yourself up for failure in close games. But perhaps we wouldn't be talking about this as much if the defense knew exactly where to be at the drop of a hat in those situations. Though the eighth-inning mistakes didn't extend the Sox's American League lead in errors or affect their league-worst fielding percentage, they hightlighted exactly why the Sox find themselves in those spots, and they show no signs of digging themselves out of those holes.

The Sox will try to figure out how to put this behind them for Tuesday. Lucas Giolito gets the call against Anthony DeSclafani. It's understandable if you don't want to potentially endure more heartache. But if you must subject yourself to this, the game starts at 6:10.

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 So much sadness and anger came from this game. These feelings suck.


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