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Humber in a Slumber

June 5 vs Toronto


Today's Sox Crew:
Sewer Workers
Philip Humber and Sox pitching put the team in the middle of solid waste.

Short Take:   Sox pitching was atrocious as we lose to Toronto.

Philip Humber took the hill against Toronto Tuesday night and from the onset, you could tell he just didn't have it. The Sox had a mini comeback in the later stages of the game, but Toronto's lead was just too big to overcome. Philip Humber and Zach Stewart were apparently fulfilling their quest to find the latest bad player to become the newest Sox killer. This glorious list includes the likes of Nick Punto, Lew Ford, Ryan Raburn, and Shelley Duncan. I think they succeeded by finding Colby Rasmus. Rasmus went 5-5, raising his average 20 points to .247, to help lead Toronto to a 9-5 victory over our Sox Tuesday night.

With the loss, the Sox are now 8-24 against Toronto going back to July 29, 2007. As Frank Thomas pointed out last night, it doesn't stop there. Toronto's always been a thorn in our side, dating back to their World Series teams in the early 90's. That would include the '93 ALCS.

Humber struggled with his command once again and it showed. In the top of the first, after allowing a single to Rasmus, Humber walked Jose Bautista and Yunel Escobar to load the bases. Somebody they have named David Cooper then was issued a base on balls to walk in Rasmus to put Toronto up 1-0. Humber was able to overcome the three walks in the inning and get out of it allowing just the one run.

We got things started in the bottom of the first on a single by Alejandro De Aza, who advanced to second on an error. De Aza eventually scored when Colby Rasmus couldn't catch a pop-up by Dayan Viciedo to make it a 1-1 game.

It would stay that way until the top of the fifth. Brett Lawrie got it started with a double. Colby Rasmus then launched a low changeup into the seats for a two-run homer. Humber's pitch count and lack of command finally caught up to him. He allowed a second two-run home run later in the inning, this time to David Cooper to put the Blue Jays up 5-1.

That would be it for Humber. Humber lasted five innings but gave up seven hits, five earned runs, and issued four walks. Humber (2-3) is 1-3 with a 7.38 ERA over his last eight starts since pitching a perfect game on April 21.

Zach Stewart relieved Humber in the sixth and didn't fare much better. Stewart allowed run-scoring singles to Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson to give Toronto a 7-1 advantage.

We did get three back in the bottom of the seventh. A.J. Pierzynski launched a two-run homer off of Toronto starter Rickey Romero to start off the inning. Orlando Hudson later scored on a fielder's choice to pull us closer at 7-4.

Of course, any momentum built was quickly given back by Stewart in the top of the eighth. Rasmus, once again, doubled to score Brett Lawrie. Rasmus would then score on a Jose Bautista sac fly to make it a 9-4 game.

Adam Dunn did add a solo home run for the Sox in the bottom of the eighth, but that's as close as we would come. Alex Rios ended the inning by making a boneheaded base running mistake in getting thrown out at third to end the Sox threat and effectively any further runs.

All we can do now is win, baby. Wednesday, June 6th, the Sox will send Jose Quintana (1-0, 1.69 ERA) to the mound against Brandon Morrow (6-3, 3.28 ERA) for Toronto. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. and will air on CSN+.

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KW Appreciates The Game:
 "Coop will fix Humber...but not sure if he can fix the white beard on the one side of Phil's face."


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