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Sox Get Baltimore Chopped

April 29 vs. Baltimore


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Sox FINALLY get a lead, but pitching and defense failed them faster than a barrel to the head.

Short Take:   The Sox can't catch a break as their pitching implodes in losing 10-4.

The original Baltimore Orioles used to purposely swing down on the ball to create a high bounce in front of home plate that would often be high enough of a bounce to turn it into a base hit. Their groundskeeper actually mixed in clay in front of home plate to literally elevate the effect. That practice is no longer used in baseball. So last night's version of the Baltimore Chop was the Orioles literally chopping up Sox pitching to the tune of 10 runs in the Orioles 10-4 victory Friday night.

In typical Sox fashion lately, the news surrounds Ozzie getting a two-game suspension for tweeting comments about the umpires after his ejection in New York, not to mention the Sox have lost 13 of 16. The good news was after a split in New York, the Sox finally got to come home and face Baltimore, a team also struggling. They came to Chicago with a record of 10-13. Could John Danks finally win his first game of the season? The Sox have supplied Danks with exactly one run of support in his last two starts as he came in with a record of 0-3. Things looked good early, but it just wasn't meant to be.

Remember when the Sox used to have the lead in games? It used to happen at the beginning of the season, but Greg Walker's vaunted South Side Hitmen are more like the South Side Suckmen as the offense has been absolutely dreadful for more than two weeks. Guess what? The Sox did get the lead in this game! Woo Hoo! In the bottom of the second, Dunn walked and AJ Pierzynski lined his first homer of the season off Jake Arrieta to put the Sox up 2-0. After a Pierre single, gold glove third baseman Mark Teahen doubled to score Juan P. Error and make it 3-0. Things were looking good, Danks finally got his run support.

Baltimore answered in the third with singles by Mark Reynolds, Andino, Roberts, and Derrek Lee to make it 3-2. The Orioles would eventually tie the game at 3 when Luke Scott hit a long homer off of Danks in the top of the fourth.

Baltimore would go ahead for good in the top of the sixth. Mark Reynolds, who strikes out like 684 times a year, struck out to open the inning but was safe on a wild pitch third strike from Danks. Reynolds then went to second on another wild pitch. It wouldn't matter as Oriole catcher Matt Wieters homered to left to make it 5-3. That would end Danks' night. He went six innings yielding eight hits, five earned runs, two home runs, a walk, and three K's to fall to 0-4.

Lillibridge added a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4, but that would be the closest the Sox would get as things would go from bad to worse.

Jesse Crain came in to relieve Danks in the top of the seventh. Nick Markakis started the inning with the dreaded leadoff walk. After Luke Scott walked and Adam Jones got on via an Alexei Ramirez error, the floodgates would open. Mark Reynolds, again, would walk to make it 6-4. The Sox saw enough and brought in Chris Sale to relieve Crain. Sale also had nothing. Unable to get any breaking pitches over, Sale would give up doubles to both Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts to make it 10-4.

The good news from all this, besides the fact it ended? The Sox offense showed signs of life. To be honest, we should have bombed Jake Arrieta into the next stone age. Paulie just missed a grand slam and Adam Dunn hit one to the warning track that should've been a 600 foot bomb onto the concourse. In the fourth, Dunn, Pierzynski, and Lillibridge all hit rockets that should've been hits. The Sox just can't get the pitching and hitting to both be good at the same time. It was like the first week where the offense supplied some runs, but the pitching dropped a bomb.

The Sox will continue their homestand against the Orioles tonight at 6:10. NY hero Phil Humber (2-2, 3.20 ERA) will face Chris Tillman (0-2, 6.16 ERA) and the game can be seen on WGN.

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