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Just Another Loss

June 11 vs. Toronto

Today's Game Rating:
Getting 96% of the way there only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

Short Take:Sox blow 9th inning lead, lose game in 10th, but nobody seems to care

The Sox lead for most of Tuesday nightís affair with Toronto, but it nevertheless had the feel of one of those blasť, midsummer games that bad teams who donít inspire much confidence just kind of play through and are forgotten quickly thereafter. Most of what makes this 2013 White Sox team dreadful was on display; costly horrible defense from Tyler Flowers, boneheaded base running, another in a long line of ineffective bullpen arms taking the lossÖ It was so this season so while itís easy to see why no one was surprised to see the Sox drop the affair 7-5 to Toronto, itís hard to remember how close they came to winning their fourth straight.

Jose Quintana took the bump for the Sox and was largely all right. He pitched into the 7th inning, allowed only 2 earned runs, 7 base runners, and struck out 5. By many standards, this was a pretty decent outing that actually qualifies as a quality start. But there was still a general ineffectiveness to his game, as well. Although the Jays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning, the Sox offense fought back and by the 4th, had taken a 5-2, powered mostly on home runs by Adam Dunn and Connor Gillaspie.

But the Jays hung around. Immediately after being handed a 3-run cushion, Quintana gave 2 back on a blast to Edwin Encarnacion and the game stayed there, locked in a stalemate between the Sox bullpen and Chien-Ming Wang, pitching for the first time in 2013, who gave the Jays 7.1 innings of work, until the 9th inning, when Addison Reed had Toronto down to its last strike, but hung a belt high slider over the middle of the plate that Jose Bautista deposited into the right field bleachers for a 5-5 tie.

After the Sox went down meekly in the 9th, the Jays needed only 1 extra frame to take advantage. Facing Ramon Troncoso, the go ahead run scored on a wild pitch that is being generous to Tyler Flowers who made little if any real attempt to block the ball and instead opted to wildly stab at the air with his glove. Surprise surprise when he only caught air while the ball sailed to the backstop. An insurance run later padded the Toronto lead to 7-5. Though the Sox put two runners on in the 9th against the Jays closer Casey Janssen, the rally was for naught as Dunn grounded out to short to end the game and the Soxís 3-game win streak.

Honestly, I feel I should be more upset or disappointed in tonightís performance, but itís getting hard to continue to exasperate emotion on such a lifeless bunch. That Reed, one of the few bright spots of this seemingly doomed campaign, is the goat tonight is disappointing, but itís hard to lay so much blame at his feet when so many other obvious flaws for the Sox were on display again tonight; of course Gordon Beckham would make the third out at third base in the 4th inning, of course the Sox would essentially hand the Jays the winning run with shoddy defense, of course Ramon Troncoso wasnít going to post a goose egg in his inning of work tonight... Ultimately, it is probably more sad that a 9th inning blown save and 10th inning loss illicit such little outrage or emotion. Thatís life with the Sox in 2013.

The rubber game of this three-game set will take place tomorrow night at the Cell as Chris Sale faces Esmil Rodgers in this battle of American League cellar dwellers. First pitch is at 7:10 PM Chicago time.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Thumbs down, like our hopes

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