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Sox Blink First In Epic Pitching Duel

June 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Today's Sox Crew:
Hammer-less Contractors
The Sox crew did not come to swing the hammers, as Grienke shut down the Sox offense. Sale did the same to the Brew Crew, but Jesse Crain finally broke the stalemate by allowing the only run the Brewers would need in the 10th inning.

Short Take: Chris Sale and Zack Grienke both pitch absolute gems, but the Sox bullpen couldn't follow suit as the Brewers tally one in the 10th to walk away with the 1-0 victory.

On one side, the Milwaukee Brewers' Zack Grienke. He has been nothing short of unstoppable since going to Milwaukee, seemingly escaping the problems that plagued him with the Royals. On the other, rookie phenom Chris Sale, the man who has opened many eyes after a botched move to the bullpen and has moved into conversation not whether he will be an All-Star (as that seems all but wrapped up), but whether he should start the ASG. With these two mound warriors going at it, it was bound to be a good pitching matchup. Little did we know it would be beyond good. Both pitchers pitched shutouts through 8 (Sale) and 9 (Grienke), as the game would be scoreless going into extras. However, the Milwaukee Brewers would be the team to strike first, as they tacked on a hit off of Jesse Crain in the 10th, and the Sox offense wasted a Beckham walk in their half to lose by a final of 1-0.

On the offensive side of the ball, there was absolutely nothing of interest going on. Aside from a rare instance of AJ throwing out a baserunner attempting to steal second when he nailed Ryan Braun in the first inning, it was a night that pitchers dominated. The few times the Sox were able to get a runner on, he would either be stranded or taken out in a double play. Yes, the double plays were in high demand in this one.

Sale went 8 masterful innings, allowing 4 hits, one walk and striking out 7 Brewers. However, Grienke one-upped him by pitching 9 innings, allowing 3 hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Neither pitcher gave up a run. Grienke's pitching score was 84, while Sale's was 80. Unfortunately, Sale's pitch count got too high, and after Addison Reed came on to pitch a scoreless 9th, Jesse Crain came in to pitch the 10th. Brewer 3B (and known Sox-killer) Aramis Ramirez promptly greeted him with a double, and was pulled for pinch-runner Nyjer Morgan. Crain struck out Corey Hart, but he then uncorked a wild pitch to allow Morgan to advance to third. Rickie Weeks then came in and put the Brew Crew ahead with a base hit, advancing to second on Crain's throwing error. Banner day for Crain, for sure. He would get out of the inning with no further damage. Brewer closer John Axford came in to try for the save, and would give up the "Dreaded Lead-Off Walk" to Gordon Beckham. However, there must be a rule somewhere that says the Sox' leadoff walks aren't allowed to be dreaded, as after Adam Dunn struck out, Paul Konerko came on and promptly hit into a 5-4-3 GIDPK to end the game and give the opening game to the Brewers, wasting another breathtaking Chris Sale start. This one may be a little easier to digest, because Grienke was dealing as well, and at least it wasn't a guy who last had a great outing in Little League locking up the Sox bats. But still, this is the seventh time the Sox have been shut out, and it's not saying much when three of those shutouts were by the score of 1-0. That says the Sox are wasting some fantastic starting pitching, and they cannot afford to do that anymore, with Danks and Humber on the DL.

The Sox go back to work tomorrow, as newly-called up Dylan Axelrod takes on the Brewers' Randy Wolf at 6:15pm on FOX. Let's hope the Sox can get some hits going. Just win, baby.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate that Sale is a beast, but offense, those wood things in your hands? You have to hit the red-and-white round thing with that! Let's work on that, shall we?"

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