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Early Deficit Too Much For Sox

Sept. 18 vs. Minnesota

Today's Game Rating:
We stinks.

Short Take: John Danks put the White Sox in an early hole, and the lousy offense could never recover.

There was both good news and bad news for White Sox left-hander John Danks on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. First, the good news: He retired the last 16 hitters he faced. The bad news? Well, seven of the first 11 Minnesota hitters he faced got hits. The Twins parlayed those hits into four early runs and went on to beat the White Sox, 4-3.

The Sox trailed 4-0 after two innings and could not muster enough offense to rally against the less-than-mediocre Scott Diamond (6-11) and an array of crappy Minnesota relievers.

Alejandro De Aza hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, and Jordan Danks delivered a two-run single in the seventh to get the Sox close. Unfortunately, no late-inning magic would be forthcoming on this day.

The bottom of the sixth inning summed up this game and this season quite nicely. Josh Phegley led off the inning with a double. You would think No. 9 hitter Leury Garcia would have been looking to advance Phegley to third base. Alas, he was not. He pulled the ball on the ground to shortstop. Phegley stupidly though he could advance and got thrown out at third base. The Sox didn't score in the inning, and the leadoff double went to waste. Think the Sox could have used that run? I think so, but the execution wasn't there, as it hasn't been all season. Same ol' brain-dead Sox. What new?

As for Danks (4-14), he finally started getting the ball down around the third inning. He got 13 ground ball outs on the day, but his high changeups were hit around those first two fateful innings. The loss snaps the Sox' modest two-game winning streak. After a Thursday off day, the South Siders open a three-game set at Detroit on Friday night. Right-hander Andre Rienzo (2-2, 5.05 ERA) will be opposed by Detroit ace Max Scherzer (19-3, 2.95 ERA). Game time is 6:08 p.m. You can watch on WCIU.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
I tell you what, Stone Pony, you know who always hit behind the runner? YAZ!

submitted by JB98.

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