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Mowed Down in Motown

September 2 at Detroit Tigers


Today's Sox Crew:
Absent
Other than a run in the first inning and a too little, too late rally in the ninth, the team failed to show up and now finds itself in a tie for first place.

Short Take:Chris Sale threw two pitches that did him in, both of which left the ballpark, and now he and his teammates find themselves in a tie for first with the hated Tigers.

Lethargic. That's pretty much the only word I could come up with when thinking about what to say in regards to our beloved baseball team. They've looked as such ever since they got to Baltimore six days ago and unfortunately, it had a carry-over effect into Comerica Park this weekend. While the worst fate that could befall the Sox would be leaving Detroit in a tie for first place didn't seem so bad prior to this series beginning, it seems awful now that it has come to fruition. Chris Sale wasn't at his worst, but he wasn't at his best, either. He walked four, but also surrendered as many runs on a night when he received just one run of support from his teammates. The Sox fall on this Sunday night 4-2.

Justin Verlander (13-7) was far more dominating than his counterpart. While Alejandro De Aza got the best of Verlander's second pitch of the ballgame, giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead, he was one of few to actually notch a hit off the Detroit hurler. Verlander struck out 11 in his eight innings of work and had the Sox hitters fooled all night long. It's a shame the Sox always seem to give their worst effort when in the national spotlight because they're a better team than what they've shown.

The nail in the coffin came in the home half of the sixth inning. The Tigers had two on and one out when Delmon Young literally golfed a pitch out into the left field bullpen, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Prior to that, Sox-killer Brennan Boesch drove a belt-high fastball from Sale (15-6) deep to center and out of the park. Sale has only given up two home runs to left-handed hitters all season and both have been off the bat of Boesch.

It would've been nice to write a game report where the topic would have been about a White Sox winner and their building a two-game lead in the A.L. Central, but their lethargy won out instead, causing this dud to be authored. Interestingly enough, I wrote this dud after Young's home run and just prior to posting it, the Sox made the ninth interesting, bringing the tying and go-ahead runs to the plate against Detroit closer Jose Valverde. While Orlando Hudson gave the ball a ride to center, Austin Jackson was there to record the final out of the ballgame.

While all hope is clearly not lost, the feeling about this team isn't very positive after a three-game sweep at the hands of the division rivals. Fortunately, as soon as this nightmare is over, the Sox come home to begin a 10-game homestand. The Sox have won 31 of their last 44 home games, which is something to keep in mind as they kick off their homestand Monday night against the Minnesota Twins, whom they've owned this season. Samuel Deduno (5-2, 3.72 ERA) will pitch for the Twins and the Sox will counter with Hector Santiago (2-1, 3.91 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 6:10 on this Labor Day and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

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What the hell is there to appreciate about a sweep at the hands of the Tigers?!


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September 17... Sale Hit Hard

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September 13... Like One Win? Here, Have Two

September 10... Becoming Spoilers

September 7...Shut Out and Swept

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