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Comeback Comes Too Late

August 12 vs. Cleveland

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Yet another example of the Sox keeping us guessing to the point of frustration.

Short Take: The White Sox are dormant for most of it, mount a rally, but still lose.

Full disclosure: I'm writing my weekly TBGR a day early because I'm heading out of town Tuesday morning. Since I work Monday night, it would not be wise to recap a game literally mere hours before catching a plane. But I don't think it matters much because the White Sox aren't appointment viewing anytime these days. They certainly weren't in Sunday's 9-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians despite their late efforts to make interesting, which we'll get to in a bit.

First, it must be explained why this game was unwatchable for almost nine innings. Dylan Covey gave up one Indians hit after another in a four-run first inning that culminated in a three-run homer for Melky Cabrera, who surely knows Covey's tendencies after being his teammate last year. Though the Sox got a run back in the bottom of the first, the Tribe continued to knock Covey around in the second and scored twice more. Covey lasted only 2 2/3 innings in his second-shortest outing of the season, and it's amazing he even lasted that long.

Offensively, the Sox had little success against Carlos Carrasco, who struck out nine and walked no one over seven innings and retired his last 16 hitters faced en route to his 14th win of the year. To Hector Santiago's credit, he pitched fine in 3 2/3 innings of work and allowed no earned runs. Had left fielder Nicky Delmonico not made an error in the seventh, we could say Santiago was completely spotless. Alas, the unearned run came around to score.

The Indians scored twice more off Tyler Danish in the eighth to make it 9-1, but that's when Adam Engel was unleashed. He made his third homer-robbing catch in less than a week, then was part of a two-homer inning along with Yolmer Sanchez. He got a bit of a breather in the ninth as four straight Sox reached base against Indians reliever Dan Otero to make it 9-5 and cause Terry Francona to summon closer Cody Allen. Engel then hit a 2-RBI triple to put the Sox in position to tie it, but Allen struck out Delmonico and Sanchez to put the late comeback hopes to rest.

Though Ricky's boys didn't quit in the final two innings, it's aggrevating that they waited until the final two innings to do something about their deficit. Adding to the day's aggrevation was that other team eight miles north winning on a walk-off grand slam after not scoring the entire rest of the game. Days like this make us long for future seasons when the baseball fortunes in this town are reversed or at least on par with each other. Until then, we have to deal with a present in which any young player they call up from the minors can play hero and we impatiently wait to see Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech leave Charlotte.

The White Sox head to the Motor City Monday to open a series against the Detroit Tigers. Reynaldo Lopez has the ball against Artie Lewicki. Game time is 6:10 if you haven't suffered enough. As for me, I have the world's most famous cartoon mouse to visit this week, so time to turn my attention elsewhere.

Fun Da Mentalz:
 I'm tired of watching this crap. I think I'll go to Disney World and forget about it for awhile.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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