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Chicago, We Have A Problem

June 15 vs. the Houston Astros

Today's Game Rating:
Three runs, which is three times what they scored last night, but losing two in a row to what used to be the worst team in baseball? This isn't even a B-picture.

Short Take:John Danks came up short in a 4-3 loss to the Astros. Which team did we say was the worst in baseball?

In 1962 Houston got an expansion team in the National League. A name-the-team contest was held and "Colt .45s" was the winner. In 1963 the NASA Manned Space Center opened in Houston; in 1965 the team hopped that space-age bandwagon and called themselves the Astros. The same year the Astrodome opened to much fanfare and the Astros were the George Jetsons of Major League Baseball.

That was about it. Except for a couple of bright spots, not much happened on the field for many years. They got a new ballpark in 2000, lost the World Series to the White Sox in 2005 and moved to the American League in 2013. In 2012 they lost 107 games. Currently they're bad -- very bad.

This is team that defeated the White Sox tonight, 4-3. This was after beating the Sox the night before, 2-1, despite a 14-strikeout performance by Chris Sale. This was just a different verse of the same song the White Sox have been singing all year. And this is bad -- very bad.

John Danks pitched tonight. He didn't look his best, and though it's not reasonable to expect him or anybody else to pitch a shutout every game, the Sox' weak offense must make the pitchers feel like they have to.

The Sox took the lead in the first inning when Paul Konerko singled home Alexei Ramirez, who'd earlier gotten an infield hit and moved to second on Alex Rios' walk. But the Astros tied it in the second when Ronny Cedeno doubled home Carlos Pena, who'd been hit by a pitch.

Danks gave up two solo homers in the Houston fourth to Jason Castro and Chris Carter. Both were impressive launches, but they were only two of five hits Danks surrendered in six innings of work while striking out five. Those five hits were productive, however; Matt Dominguez singled and scored in the fifth on Brandon Barnes double, which made it 4-1 at that point.

The Sox did awaken in the seventh. Adam Dunn hit his 18th homer to lead off. Conor Gillaspie singled and scored on Gordon Beckham's double, making it 4-3. Teasing us with the hint of a resuscitation was Tyler Flowers' uncharacteristic single, but Alejandro De Aza struck out to end the threat and the inning.

The ninth inning quickened our stray chromosomes for a moment when Dayan Viciedo led off with a walk. Jordan Danks pinch-ran and stole second. So far, so good. But Beckham struck out, Flowers struck out, and Danks was picked off at second to end the game. The play at second was close and Danks argued, but it begs the question: if you're the tying run in scoring position, why are you even in a position that invites the other team to attempt a pickoff?

Chicago, we do indeed have a problem.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Down! "Stoney, you know who wouldn't get picked off to end the game like that? Yaz!"

submitted by tebman.

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