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The Humber Games = Bad

June 10 vs. Houston Astros

Today's Sox Crew:
One-man wrecking crew
Who knew one dude could cause so much damage all on his own?

Short Take:   Philip Humber has been anything but perfect since April 21, getting shelled once again Sunday afternoon.

Trying to take the rubber match of their series against the Houston Astros, the White Sox sent Philip Humber (2-4) to the mound. Humber, who is winless at U.S. Cellular Field this season, continued that streak on this hot & sunny Sunday afternoon. Humber lasted just 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs (five earned), but did strike out nine. Unfortunately, those strikeouts didn't prevent Astros from denting the dish, particularly when they're paired with three Houston home runs allowed by Humber, and the Sox found themselves on the short end of an 11-9 score.

Some would argue that it might be time to move Humber to the bullpen, but at the end of the day, Sox fans don't make the ultimate decision; we can just air our frustrations in various places. In a nutshell, Humber can't get out of his own way. It's not very often you see a pitcher strike out nine and find himself on the losing end of a ballgame. It's also not every day that you see a hitter smack a 461-foot home run, which is what Humber and the Sox witnessed off the bat of Justin Maxwell in the fifth. Yikes!

The key to this game was the top of the sixth when the Astros scored five. Leading 4-3, Houston's Brett Wallace homered to make it 5-3. With two on, Nate Jones, who relieved Humber earlier in the inning, surrendered a two-run double and a single, making it 8-3. Then, clear out of the blue, Houston called for the double steal and they were successful, with Jose Altuve stealing home as part of it. With the score 9-3 in favor of Houston, it appeared as though this game was over.

Former Sox pitcher, Lucas Harrell (6-4) seemed determined to show Kenny Williams & Co. that they should regret letting him go, pitching 7 1/3 innings of five-run ball. Granted, those aren't dazzling numbers, but who would've thought Harrell would've done as well as he did Sunday afternoon? Despite that, the Sox hitters started to chip away at the six-run deficit, beginning with Adam Dunn's 20th home run of the season, making it a 9-4 contest. With Zach Stewart having relieved Nate Jones an inning earlier, he gave Houston two more runs, courtesy of a walk and a long ball. The Sox were now down 11-4 and it was getting late.

Things got interesting in the last two home frames, which saw the Sox score five runs, highlighted by a Paul Konerko two-run shot and Orlando Hudson's first home run in a Sox uniform, which was of the three-run variety. The never-say-die attitude of the South Siders forced Houston's manger to go to his closer, Brett Myers, in the bottom of the ninth, who effortlessly retired Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham for his 15th save of the season.

After Sunday's loss, the Sox will fly to St. Louis and have an off day on Monday prior to beginning a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, for which yours truly will be in attendance. Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.05 ERA), pitching in place of the injured John Danks, will take the ball for the South Siders and he'll oppose St. Louis's Adam Wainwright (5-6, 4.97 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 7:15p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 This series was anything but reminicent of the last time these two teams met in October 2005!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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