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What's That? A Loss With No Errors?

June 29th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Today's Game Rating:
A couple of stars for this production, because compared to the previous few games this was a big improvement.

Short Take:The Sox played clean, errorless ball but lost anyway to the Indians 4-3 on a steamy day on the South Side.

Through the mists of memory we can peer, through weary, squinting eyes, at that resplendent day when the White Sox record reached .500. Ah, those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end. Around the tribal campfire stories are told by village elders of the age in which the Sox climbed the summit and declared to the world that they were not a losing team.


But that was then. This is now, and now is not an age in which the White Sox are on any summit, unless there's one for futility. The Indians beat the Sox today 4-3, in a game that was well-played in an academic sense. No oafish errors, no frustrating mental lapses, just pitches, hits, putouts and runs. The Sox just came out on the wrong end of the score, putting them 14 games below .500. Ah, .500 really was a long time ago.

It's come to a pretty pass indeed when we can take consolation in a loss because it did not contain an assortment of screwups. We've grown so accustomed to embarrassing losses that we feel the Sox deserve congratulations for losing in a conventional way. Your TBGR correspondent attended the game today and was struck by the ballpark's low energy level. The crowd couldn't even get worked up enough to boo Adam Dunn's third strikeout, let alone cheer when the team took the field.

But enough dimestore analysis. Let's review the game since that's what you came to read.

Dylan Axelrod was today's starter and lasted through six innings while giving up three runs, enough to put him in quality-start territory. Not a bad day's work if you're pitching for a team that can score runs on a consistent basis. The Sox looked like they might pull that off in the second when Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo got back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Tyler Flowers later doubled to score Gillaspie. It took three hits for the Sox to pick up one run, but that's a start.

Cleveland tied the game in the fourth when Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a solo homer. But the Sox came back in the fifth with two more runs on a series of productive hits to set up Gillaspie and Viciedo for RBI singles, making it 3-1 for our hapless home team.

But the Wahoos tied it again in the sixth after Axelrod walked Michael Bourn and then gave up a two-run homer to Jason Kipnis. That's not the worst of it -- Cleveland took the lead in the eighth on three successive singles off Sox bullpen ace Jesse Crain. The same Jesse Crain of the 0.50 ERA who had a 30-game scoreless streak going into today's contest. But even that's not the worst of it -- the RBI hit off Crain was struck by MLB's most annoying player, Nick Swisher. As he admires himself in the mirror tonight, we can be sure that Swisher will congratulate himself much more than his teammates ever could.

The Sox went down quietly in the ninth, as is their wont. The ballpark emptied quietly too. Yeah, I miss those heady days of .500 ball. Bob Dylan had a lyric that said, "Take care of all your memories...for you can not relive them." He had to be a Sox fan.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Down. "Well Hawk, this puts us 14 games below .500" "Dadgummit, Stoney, that's what I mean when I say sabermetrics in ruining this game! Baseball is more than numbers!"

submitted by tebman.

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