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Covey Can't Cover Weak Bats

August 18th vs. the Kansas City Royals

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Apologies offered for runners left on base.

Short Take: Dylan Covey looked better than he has for a while, but hitters couldn't make it happen as the Sox lost to the Royals 3-1.

Go big or go home. Or at least go bigger and head toward home. The White Sox couldn't seem to do either tonight as they let a not-bad outing by Dylan Covey get away, losing 3-1 to the Royals. Our guys should learn from Marian Catholic High School, which went big in a pre-game marching band and national anthem performance. Sister Mary Jo Sobieck from Marian Catholic threw out the first pitch and put on a clinic on how to intimidate hitters: walking with purpose while slapping the ball in her glove, circling the mound before ascending it with a knowing smile, and executing a neat arm-bounce with the ball before her windup, she threw a perfect strike from the rubber to Lucas Giolito. Bullpen, take notes.

I'm not a big fan of Covey, since he hasn't shown much improvement as he's lumbered on this season. In fact, I don't know if you'd call it lumbering -- stumbling and falling is more like it. He's 1-8 in his last ten starts and carried a whopping 8.94 ERA in that stretch.

But tonight Covey was not so bad. He went 5-2/3 innings and got six strikeouts, only giving up two runs. Maybe there's progress there after all. But it's the Sox offense that didn't make much progress to support Covey's decent effort.

The box score shows eight left on base, which also doesn't sound so bad, except that several were golden opportunites that the Sox turned into dull brass. Our locals took an early lead when Nicky Delmonico hit a solo shot just over the right-field fence in the second inning. That was going to be it, though, as the Sox couldn't bring anyone else across the plate through the evening.

Among those eight left on base were Jose Abreu and Daniel Palka in the fourth, who singled back-to-back to lead off the inning and were on first and third with no outs. Avi Garcia and Delmonico promptly struck out and Tim Anderson flied to center, pouring cold water on opportunity's glowing ember. A series of hits in the fifth showed promise, but Adam Engel was caught stealing and Yoan Moncada's single and Yolmer Sanchez's double went for naught when Abreu went 6-3 for the third out.

This loss notwithstanding, the Sox are looking better as the season wears on. Fewer errors and generally smarter play suggests that these guys are moving toward a collective purpose. Tim Anderson, whose likeness was featured on giveaway bobbleheads, has been hitting more consistently and looks more confident at short. Moncada still strikes out too much, but once he realizes that even if he knows the strike zone better than most, it's the umpires' flawed judgement that he's stuck with. Better to swing at close pitches if they're hittable.

Sister Mary Jo had a purpose when she stepped on the rubber. Ah, if only the Sox hitters had one when they had runners on base tonight. They don't go big and the runners don't go home.

Fun Da Mentalz:
Does Sister Mary Jo have any options left?

submitted by tebman.

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