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Time to Give the Axe to Axelrod

July 10 at Detroit

Today's Game Rating:
Well, at least they scored some runs.

Short Take: Dylan Axelrod gets lit up once again as the White Sox return to their losing ways in Detroit.

Every morning, I get out of bed knowing the White Sox are more than likely going to lose that day's game. But the sense of dread is particularly acute on days when I know Dylan Axelrod is pitching.

The Sox right-hander has been horrendous lately, and he continued to serve up batting practice Wednesday night in Detroit. Axelrod allowed seven runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings and didn't give the Sox much of a chance in their 8-5 loss to the Tigers.

Over his last six starts, Axelrod has allowed 29 earned runs in 28 innings. That kind of pitching will usually get a guy pulled from the starting rotation, but knowing the Sox, they'll probably trot him out there another 15 or 16 times this year to get his ass completely kicked.

Axelrod (3-6) put the Sox in an early hole by giving up two runs in the first inning, another in the second and two more in the third. But give the Sox offense credit, they showed a little more fight than in previous games. Conor Gillaspie hit a home run off Rick Porcello (6-6) in the second inning. Dayan Viciedo's RBI single and Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly highlighted a two-run fourth inning.

Through five innings, the Sox were only down 5-3. They still had a puncher's chance until the bottom of the sixth inning rolled around. The Tigers had two men on and two men out when Axelrod was mercifully removed from the game. Who did manager Robin Ventura summon to face Miguel Cabrera with the game on the line? Well, Ramon Troncoso, of course!

Every time Troncoso enters the game, I'm reminded of the scene in "Major League" where Clu Haywood asks Jake Taylor, "You mean they ain't released you, yet?" No, the Sox have not released Troncoso yet, and here he was facing the best hitter in baseball in a high-leverage situation. Predictably, Cabrera singled home a run. Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez followed with RBI singles of their own, and just like that, the Sox were down 8-3.

Like I mentioned, the offense showed a little more fight than in previous games. Beckham homered in the seventh, and Alexei Ramirez added an RBI double to make it 8-5. But the Sox could not muster enough runs to overcome their poor pitching on this night.

The rubber match of this three-game set will begin at noon Thursday afternoon. We'll see if the Sox can finally give some run support to All-Star left-hander Chris Sale (5-8, 2.75, ERA). Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Tigers. You can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
I'll tell you what, Stone Pony, I'm still pissed off about Cabrera winning the triple crown last year. Now I can't talk about how YAZ was the last triple crown winner in the American League. That was back in 1967.

submitted by JB98.

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