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Woeful First Half Ends with Another Sox Loss

July 14 at Philadelphia Phillies

Today's Game Rating:
Decent starting pitching, and the offense showed just a little fight.

Short Take: Sox battle back to force extra innings for third successive game, but Phillies win it 4-3 in the 10th.

Apparently the Phillies and the White Sox wanted to get as much baseball as possible in before the All-Star break. Friday’s rainout led to making Saturday’s matchup a doubleheader. In oppressive heat and humidity, both Saturday games went to extra innings, with a win for each team. Today, on another humid, 90-plus-degrees day in Philadelphia, it was almost predictable that the last game of this series would go to extra innings.

The White Sox acted like they were in no rush to take off for their four-day vacation break. Down a run in the ninth, the Sox scratched and clawed and with two outs, pulled a rabbit named Josh Phegley out of their hats. The rookie catcher continued his impressive introduction to the majors by singling in the tying run, off of Phillies closer Jonathon Papelbon.

Until Papelbon came in, Phillies starter Cole Hamels was making the Sox offense practice hitting into double plays. With all that practice, they were getting pretty good at it, too.

It’s not like the Phillies were an offensive powerhouse today. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first off Jose Quintana. But Quintana pitched a fine game after he settled in, going six innings and giving up five hits, striking out five and walking two. The only additional run he conceded came when Hamels helped himself by driving in a run in the bottom of the fourth. (“Letting the opposing pitcher get a hit off of you...priceless,” said no pitcher, ever.)

But in the 10th, Sox relievers couldn’t squash the Phillies. Chase Utley starting off the inning with a double off David Purcey. An intentional walk, a fielder’s choice, and another intentional walk loaded up the bases. Robin Ventura brought in Ramon Troncosco to try to stop the bleeding. Troncosco got Delmon Young to strike out, but then promptly gave up a single on his first pitch to John Mayberry to score the winning run, bringing this miserable excuse for a White Sox first half of the season to a close.

The Sox head into the All-Star break in last place in the AL Central, with a 37-55 record - 13 games behind the AL Central-leading Tigers. There’s little hope to salvage this season, but I’ll still tune in after the break - there are still some (mildly) interesting reasons to watch the Sox. Can Gordon Beckham sustain his new and improved hitting? Will Josh Phegley replace Tyler Flowers as the starting catcher? Can Alex Rios find his stroke again, or will he find it with a different club? Can Paul Konerko come back from injury and contribute, for what might be his last season with the Sox? What about Jake Peavy, who has said he wouldn’t object to a trade to a contender – and can he ever stay healthy?

Inquiring minds want to know, but those minds will have to wait until the second half starts on Friday, July 19; the Sox face the Atlanta Braves at the Cell.

In the meantime, I’ll cheer loudly for Chris Sale in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. If there is one pitcher who deserves to pitch with some real hitters behind him, it’s Sale. Best of luck, Chris!

Of note:

  • Phegley had to exit the game in the 9th after a foul ball hit him in the finger of his throwing hand. Xrays were negative, according to several Tweets.
  • Happy birthday, Robin Ventura! Your present is: You don’t have to manage this White Sox team for the next four days.
  • Happy birthday to Steve Stone! Your present is: Four days away from Hawk.
  • Does anyone in the league make more baserunning blunders than De Aza? (I mean other than Jordan Danks.)

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Hawk: Daddgummit, there's just not enough TWTW on this team. I'm gonna lop off my thumb and give it to Josh Phegley so he can keep on playing! I don't need that dadgum thumb anyway, it's always pointin' at the ground...useless. Stone: Thank heavens for the All-Star break, so I can give my thumbs down a rest.

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