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Jake Chokes!

August 31 at Detroit


Today's Sox Crew:
Post Hole Digger/Fillers
Jake kept digging them holes the team kept filling them in, but eventually Jake won the hole digging contest.

Short Take:   The Sox got behind early and often and their comeback efforts fell short in the end.

The Sox came rolling into Detroit in a bit of a funk after a bad four game set in Baltimore but still having managed to pick up half a game on the hapless Kittens who had been swept in KC. It's been a rough run for our southside sluggers in Murder city recently with the team on a 1-9 bender there this season and having lost 7 of the last 9 to Detroit over all. Still something had to give and both the sox and their fans were hoping things would start to turn around tonight. Alas it was not to be as the Sox struggled to get runners home, leaving eleven men on base and losing to the kittens 7-4 in the opener of this crucial 3 game set starting the final month of the season.

I'd like to tell you that the Sox got off to a great start, and just couldn't get over the hump, but the fact is the offense struggled all night long. They put two of the first three men on base in the first, on an error and a walk and promptly left them there. In fact the failures of the 2-5 hitters was a recurring theme in this game as they combined to leave 17 men on base. The only runs they did manage to drive in were on a groundout and sacrifice fly by Paulie. While those runs were nice, it would have been even cooler if these guys had managed to actually earn their paychecks and get some freaking hits. The Kittens generously gave our boys two errors and seven walks. Alas in the end the five hits the Sox generated just weren't enough to take advantage of the home team's gracious hospitality. In fact of all the runs the Sox scored only one came on a hit - AJ's solo shot in the second.

Now you might suppose that from the sound of things the offensive ineptitude was the main story of the night. Unfortunately that's not the case. The real problem tonight was our erstwhile ace, Jake Peavy who managed to get the hole digging contest off to a rip roaring start by giving up a two run bomb in the first to Miguel "the gimp" Cabrera. Jake wasn't done there, though managing to not once but twice immediately surrender a run after the offense had struggled mightily to score one of their own the previous half inning. The one Jake yielded in the fourth came after the team had just fought back to tie it at 3 in the top half. The score remained 4-3 until the top of the 6th when the Sox once again used a gaggle of hitters to eek out a single run. In the top of the 7th the Sox took forever to score nothing after a leadoff double by AJ. Pitching changes and long at bats led to Jake sitting for an extended period of time and when he came out in the bottom half he promptly gave up a walk and a single before being yanked. Thornton came on and hit the first guy he faced then gave up a bases clearing double to finish the scoring.

The Sox went down meekly in the 8th and 9th and all that was left to do was think about what might have been. Ah well, the Sox still have a two game lead. Hopefully they can pick up a win on Saturday when Liriano faces Scherzer. Game time is 6 PM in Chicago and it's nationwide on WGN. Hopefully the middle of the order wakes up in time for first pitch. It sure would be nice to win a game or two in Detroit and have some breathing room these last few weeks of the season. No time to wait boys, stomp dem kittens.

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KW Appreciates The Game:
 I appreciate it when my ace pitcher doesn't pitch like a scrub and the middle of the order gets some timely hits. In other words I didn't appreciate **** tonight.


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