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.500, We Nearly Knew Ye

September 29 vs. Tampa Bay Rays


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Wake me up when it's 2017.

Short Take:  Winning streak had our 2016 Sox toying with .500 record, but today’s 5-3 loss to the Rays dashed that dream

On a chilly damp night at U.S. Cellular Field, our White Sox took the field in search of their 6th straight win. The rain came in fits and spurts (not unlike White Sox wins for most of this season). With 81 losses coming into tonight’s game, all the Sox had to do to finish .500 this season is win out. Hah…well, we can dream, can’t we? That was only 4 more games – tonight’s game against Tampa Bay, and 3 against Twins.

But Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer was also searching pretty desperately for a win. With an 8-19 record coming into this game, I suspect that Archer really wanted to avoid that unspoken stigma of losing his 20th game of the season.

The Rays led off the scoring in the 2nd inning courtesy of our old friend Alexei Ramirez. Alexei signed with the San Diego Padres in the offseason and then was traded to the Rays. He singled in a run after Jose Quintana gave up the dreaded leadoff walk to Brad Miller, followed by a single to Corey Dickerson.

In the 4th, after striking out the first two Rays on 6 pitches, Quintana gave up a solo homer to Mikie Mahtook on a 1-0 pitch, and the Rays took a 2-0 lead.

The Sox got on the board in the 6th when Tim Anderson tripled off the right field fence, and Melky brought him in with a groundout to second.

Jose Quintana exited after the 6th inning having thrown 105 pitches with only 5 hits, 2 runs, 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. Yet another nice start for the mostly unheralded Quintana. But the Rays' Archer was determined tonight, and Q left without the chance for his season-best 14 wins (although his 13 wins this season is already his season best).

It didn’t really matter, because relievers Juan Minaya and Dan Jennings promptly coughed up 3 runs in the 7th to make it 5-1 Rays.

But the Sox weren’t quite done yet. In the bottom of the 7th, Carlos Sanchez (who’s been getting playing time because of Tyler Saladino’s back problems) gave one a ride into the right field seats, scoring Alex Avila and making it 5-3 Rays.

Archer departed the game in the 8th with the lead, so he was off the hook for any loss and therefore avoided the 20 loss watermark.

In the top of the 9th, a steady rain rolled in off of Lake Michigan that caused a 35-minute delay. The Sox made a half-hearted attempt to keep it exciting when Carlos Sanchez sent a long fly ball to center field with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs. But Ray’s center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a nice jumping catch to give the Rays the 5-3 win.

Despite tonight’s loss, in 2016 Jose Quintana set season high totals for wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts. I just hope that Quintana doesn’t beg to be traded in the off season.

And kudos to Todd Frazier and his glove; he turned no less than four stellar plays at 3rd to help keep this game relatively close.

This is my last game report this season. I’ve run short on humorous analogies and sarcastic comments. Those have been replaced with sadness that another season has gone by and our beloved White Sox are not playing in the postseason. I’d love to be writing game reports for exciting playoff games.

I’m also perturbed that some prime pitching years of Chris Sale and Jose Quintana have been wasted. And like many other fans, I’m getting tired of having high hopes in the offseason that get bashed by a team that struggles to get to .500.

Despite the weariness, after a few weeks’ mental break (and avoiding the hype for that other Chicago baseball team), I’ll be ready to get my hopes up again for the 2017 South Side Hit Men.

One more note: If you’ve enjoyed my game write-ups over the season, or if you hate them, or if you feel they’re somewhere in-between: send me your thoughts via private message. I welcome constructive feedback.

The Sox face Minnesota tomorrow at 7:10; Carlos Rodon faces Tyler Duffey.

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