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Sox Give One to Cleveland 

July 9, vs. Cleveland


KW's Daily Special:
Steak and Kidney Pies
Hey, they can't be winners everyday.

Short Take: Richard and Carrasco put Sox in early 7-run hole, as Tribe hang on to salvage finale of 3-game series.

If you blinked, you might have missed it.  Starting on three day's rest, Clayton Richard was, well... Bad.  The young lefty, who had been struggling of late, completely imploded Thursday afternoon, failing to record a single out in the 2nd inning before allowing 6 runs, all earned, on a day when he and D.J. Carrasco combined to spot the Indians 9 runs in the first three innings before the Sox offense staged a nice, but ultimately short comeback in Thursday's 10-8 loss.

Richard was moved ahead in the rotation so that Gavin Floyd, John Danks, and Mark Buehrle could start in Minnesota this weekend, so while nobody was expecting Richard to dominate Cleveland's offense, this was bad by even the most pessimistic expectations.  The culprit of today's loss was both Clayton and D.J.'s inability to find the strike zone; Richard faced 9 batters today and walked 3, Carrasco walked 5 of the 13 Indians he faced.  After the Sox and Tribe traded error-aided 2-run innings in the first, the Indians blew the game wide open in the 2nd; after a lead-off single and 2 walks loaded the bases, Kelly Shoppach turned on a fastball and placed it 5 rows behind the White Sox bullpen for a grand slam and a 6-2 lead.  That would end Richard's day, but D.J. Carrasco would provide little relief.  He walked 3 batters in the 2nd, but kept the Tribe off the scoreboard by inducing a double play out of Victor Martinez.

However, he would unravel in the 3rd.  With the Sox still down by 4, Carrasco gave up back to back singles to open the inning and then plunked Ben Francisco to load the bases.  A walk, double play, another walk, and RBI single plated three more runs and once again had Ozzie calling for his bullpen.  Down 9-2, the Sox called on Aaron Poreda to eat some innings and save some face.

However, facing David Huff, the Sox offense had been hitting the ball hard, just unfortunately right at people.  Down 7 runs, the Sox could have easily packed it in and looked ahead to this weekend's series in Minnesota, but instead they clawed their way back into this one, starting in the 4th.  After 2 runs had already scored, Chris Getz doubled to the gap in right-center field to score a pair and suddenly it was 9-6.  In the 5th, Pierzynski lead off the inning with a solo home run and Scott Podsednik singled home Getz for a 2-out RBI and it was 9-8.  With Poreda effectively keeping the Indians at bay, the Sox nearly came all the way back, but would ultimately stall at 8.  Cleveland added an insurance run off Octavio Dotel in the 6th, and though the Sox had the tying runs on in the 6th win no outs, they couldn't get the big hit to come all the way back, and the teams traded scoreless innings the final third of the game for a 10-8 Cleveland winner.

If there's any good news today, it was that Bartolo Colon had a strong rehab start in Charlotte tonight, and with a 4-day All-Star break upcoming for the Sox, Richard's spot in the rotation is unlikely to come up again for at least a week and a half, giving the Sox plenty of time to decide the proper course of action.

The Sox begin their final series of the first half Friday night in Minneapolis, as John Danks takes the hill for the Sox versus Nick Blackburn, in a rematch of their pitcher's duel from last year's A.L. Central Play-off Game.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  1 token star for a comeback that at leas kept things interesting.


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