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The Wind Blows It Out and the Bullpen Blows It Up

April 12th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Tall stalks of hitters, weak shoots of pitchers.
High-yield crops in the batting order, but watch out for the bullpen's continuing bad weather.

Short Take:The Sox continue to hit but the pitching gives it away as the Sox lose 12-6 to the Indians.

Not a good day. I was setting up a new printer at my house today and was running into trouble: loaded the printer software, scrupulously followed the setup instructions, connected the cables, and...nothing. Scraped knuckles, banged head, the usual home- computer story. Called the manufacturer, got a well-meaning fellow on the other end whose instructions did no good. It's a bad unit. They'll send a new one.

Meanwhile, my ear and eye was on the Sox-Indians contest that was as frustrating as the printer installation. The Sox lost a windy 12-6 game to the Toons, which is bad enough, but signficant parts involved the insufferable Nick Swisher, and that's almost more than a guy can bear.

What's also hard to bear is the 2014 Sox pitching staff. Felipe Paulino started for the South Siders, and seems to have let the wind get into his head. Wahoo leadoffer Nyjer Morgan singled to start the day. Paulino then gave up two walks, a single and a groundout that gave the Lake Erie Eeries a 3-0 lead.

But hark! The new-look Sox offense picked up four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Toon starter Justin Masterson was having as much trouble as Paulino, passing out walks and hits with generous abandon. Conor Gillaspie, Adam Dunn, and Alejandro DeAza all had RBI singles to produce those four runs.

You'd think that would make the starter feel stronger, but it was not to be. Right away in the second inning, Paulino gave up a leadoff homer to David Murphy. Tie game. Bah.

But Adam Eaton untied it in the bottom of the second with his own leadoff homer, his first of the year. Now it's 5-4 in favor of our favorites, and the trend is looking up.

However, in the top of the fifth Swisher showed up and showed off. He hit a fly into the wind that carried for a homer and congratulated himself as if he were raking in chips at a blackjack table. This from a guy who's hitting a whopping .196 this year, but we know there isn't enough mustard in French's entire plant to cover that hot dog.

Swisher's lucky pop tied the game. Bad enough, but that was immediately followed by another windy homer by Jason Kipnis to give our unwelcome guests the lead. The Sox re-tied it with one run in the bottom of the fifth on a groundout by Jordan Danks that scored Alexei Ramirez. It's 6-6 and the Bridgeport Bashers refused to give up.

I wish I could say as much for the bullpen. In the seventh, Roland Belasario, Scott Downs, and Daniel Webb combined for two singles, two walks, and a wild pitch to give the other guys a two-run lead. Down 8-6, the sweet-swinging Sox should come back, right?

Well, no. Donnie Veal was pitching the ninth and gave up four runs on a tossed salad of walks and singles, a double, and a triple to make it 12-6. The bottom of the ninth was tepid and forgettable, as the White Sox folded their tents and left quietly.

So here I sit, without a working printer and writing from a script lifted right out of 2013, topped by the sight of Swisher's grinning mug. Not a good day.

The Futures Market:
Buy heavy on Adam Eaton. Continue to sit on the bullpen...Lord knows the opposing hitters will.

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