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Red Stripes, Black Stripes -- They Lose Anyway

July 6th vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Today's Game Rating:
A great performer was stuck with a bad script. One star for Chris Sale. Despite Sale's nine strikeouts and two earned runs, they can't win if they don't score.

Short Take:Chris Sale was again the victim of a flatlined offense as the Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 in the Tropicana Dome.

The White Sox wore their 1972 red-pinstripe uniforms tonight. It was a turn- back-the-clock promotion at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. To contrast with the Rays' powder-blue wardrobe the Sox wore the red threads. The differences between the '72 White Sox and this year's squad go far beyond the polyester, though. For one thing, the '72 team won 87 games and finished in second place. The 2013 White Sox will probably win their 87th game sometime in June of 2014 and finish this year in the bowels of the Central Division.

Clothes may make the man, but tonight they didn't make the team. The Sox were shutout 3-0 by the Rays, wasting yet another admirable performance by Chris Sale. Ah, Chris Sale, what a patient man you are! Giving us all a clinic on pitching technique with every outing while nobody scores any runs for you. Nine strikeouts tonight with two earned runs in seven innings of work, and he takes the loss again to run his record to 5-8 despite his 2.78 ERA.

In "Cinderella," the Grimm brothers portrayed an unappreciated beauty who was subjected to neglect and anonymity, but through the good offices of a fairy godmother was transfigured into someone who could charm noble princes with style and grace. I think about Sale that way -- a ballplayer whose strikeout record and pitch selection are things of beauty but is subject to zero-run neglect and the anonymity of playing on a last-place team. What Chris needs is a fairy godmother to introduce him to some noble princes who can hit when runners are in scoring position.

Those RBI princes sure weren't there tonight. Against Rays starter Matt Moore the Sox could collect a few scattered hits and not much else. The Rays picked up two runs in the second inning: Yunel Escobar singled and Jose Lobaton reached first on an error by Conor Gillaspie. Luke Scott then doubled in Escobar and Desmond Jennings picked up an RBI on a swinging bunt to third, making it 2-0 for Tampa Bay.

The Rays got another run in the sixth thanks to Wil Myers' hustle. Myers led off with a single and advanced to third on a 5-3 groundout by Lobaton, seeing that nobody was covering third after Gillaspie moved in to field the ball. Myers later scored on Sam Fuld's single. 3-0 for Tampa Bay, and we know where this story is headed.

The Sox had chances, of course. They often do. Their best was in the third when Alejandro De Aza led off being hit by a pitch. Alexei Ramirez followed with a walk, and a wild pitch moved them to third and second respectively. Alex Rios hit a line drive to Evan Longoria at third, who then dived into third base to double-up the bemused De Aza. Mopery at its best, and the threat was over.

The score remained 3-0 and was closed for the Rays by the insufferable Fernando Rodney, who couldn't resist doing his Grecian Urn dance after recording the last out.

In Disney's Cinderella, there were friendly birds and mice who helped the lovely chambermaid get through her difficult days. I wonder if Chris Sale gets any support from the seagulls that hover around the ballfield? Maybe they could get together and find him that fairy godmother.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Down. "Hawk, I really hope the Sox eventually score some runs for Chris Sale. We know how depressed you become. Uh, Hawk? Hawk?"

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