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Red Sox Rattle Rienzo, Complete the Sweep

September 1 at Boston Red Sox

Today's Game Rating:
Well, they tried...I'll give 'em one for effort.

Short Take: Shaky start by Rienzo nearly overcome by White Sox offense, but one controversial play proves to be the difference; Red Sox sweep us out of Fenway.

Last night the mostly irrelevant White Sox gave up hope of winning a sixth straight series. On this steamy Sunday in Boston, the Sox tried to avoid a sweep by a relevant Boston Red Sox team that leads the AL East in both games won and rampant facial hair.

This game featured some mildly interesting attempts by the White Sox to battle back and win the game, and a controversial umpiring call that resulted in Robin Ventura’s ejection. However, the game was mostly a replay of the last two losses against the rather hot Red Sox, and the White Sox dropped their third straight game to the Other Sox, 7-6.

Most of the Red Sox’s seven runs came of off rookie White Sox starter Andre Rienzo. In the first three innings, Rienzo struggled to find the strike zone and his composure, and the strong Red Sox offensive lineup did not let him off the hook. They scored four runs in the second inning and another in the third.

Boston starter Felix Doubront started out fairly strong against the Sox bats, but the fourth inning displayed a different Doubront. He threw several 55-foot pitches and then seemed to lose his feel for the plate. The White Sox took advantage of his discomfort and got on base in various ways. RBIs from Jeff Keppinger, Dayan Viciedo, and Gillaspie scored four runs in the fourth and chased Doubront from the game.

Not to be outmatched, Rienzo didn’t last past the third inning. With the White Sox down 5-4, September 1 callup Charlie Leesman took over in the fourth inning. The lefty Leesman pitched through 7.2 innings, only giving up a couple of runs based on the following weird/exciting/frustrating play of the game in the fourth inning:

Leesman walked Jacoby Ellsbury, who stole second, then took third on a infield grounder by Shane Victorino. With one out, Dustin Pedroia hit a hard, low line drive at third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who caught it and then dove back to third base in an attempt to double up Ellsbury. The ball came out of Gillaspie’s glove when he dove back to the base. The umpire called “no catch” on the line drive, so Gillaspie threw the ball to 1st base - and threw it away. This allowed Ellsbury to score and Pedroia to go to second. It also got Robin Ventura tossed from the game, as he went out to argue that Gillaspie had caught the line drive and therefore Pedroia should be out. It ended up costing the White Sox a run when Pedroia (who would have been the third out) scored from second on a base hit by David Ortiz.

Note that this is the kind of play that might be subject to review next season with the new expanded replay rules. Alas, it’s still 2013 – so the call stood, and Robin was probably glad to watched the rest of the game from the air-conditioned clubhouse.

Although Leesman ran out of steam in the seventh inning, and walked three batters in row with two outs, he induced a grounder from Stephen Drew to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, the White Sox crept closer when Tyler Flowers hit one over the Green Monster off reliever Craig Breslow. But it was just not quite enough today, and the run scored off the non-catch call on Pedroia’s liner to Gillaspie proved to be the difference.

Thus endeth some of the most interesting several weeks of the 2013 White Sox season. Despite some signs of life from the White Sox, the Red Sox were the better team and they swept the White Sox right out of Fenway.

The Sox head to New York to play the Yankees tomorrow, a midday game for the Labor Day holiday. The Yankees have had some bumpy outings from their pitching staff lately; hopefully our Sox can take advantage. Jose Quintana (7-4) is scheduled to face Phil Hughes (4-13) at 12:05 CST.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Hawk: Thumbs down, and I'm so bored I can't even muster a "dadgummit" for this game. Stone: Our pitchers gave up 19 walks in this three-game series, and that means thumbs WAY down from me.

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