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Putting Up a Fight

April 22, at Detroit

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Down an Ace
Bats do their thing, but cannot overcome the loss of Chris Sale, at least not today

Short Take: Sox late rally not enough to dig out of early game hole

In a matter of a few hours and tweets from inside sources Monday afternoon, tonight’s Sox/Tigers tilt went from an absolutely tantalizing pitching matchup between Chris Sale and Justin Verlander to a near nightmare. Sale landed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his arm and the Sox turned to Charles Leesman, a 27-year-old making his 2nd career MLB start, to square off against the former AL Cy Young & MVP Verlander. The results were predictable, with Verlander and Detroit prevailing, but not before the 2014 Sox’s trademark feisty offense made it at least somewhat compelling, scoring 5 unanswered runs in the latter half of the game in an eventual 8-6 loss.

Leesman, for what it is worth, pitched as well as probably anyone could have expected. When he woke up Monday morning, he was expecting his next start to be against the Durham Bulls. Instead, his whirlwind day saw him promoted to the Majors and jetted to Detroit to face a team that last year fell two wins shy of back-to-back American League pennants. That he pitched well one time through the order, and even was handed a 1-0 lead before walking on the field thanks to a monster home run by Jose Abreu, should have been enough of a moral victory for a young team, rebuilding to former glory, against an elite pitcher in a day when fate simply wasn’t on your side, right?

The Tigers piled on half their runs in a matter of two consecutive pitches; with the score tied at 1 in the 3rd inning, Andrew Romine and Rajai Davis hit back-to-back singles to open the frame and both came around to score on a double by Ian Kinsler. The very next pitch, Miguel Cabrera took Leesman deep and suddenly, a 5-1 gap had been opened. Lessman wouldn’t survive the inning as the Tigers took a 6-1 lead.

The Sox, to their credit, fought back. Trailing 8-1, they slowly chipped away at the lead and at Justin Verlander; first a little smallball in the 6th inning to cut the deficit to 6. A sac fly by Alejandro de Aza made it 8-3 in the 8th. In the 9th, after Phil Coke struck out Leury Garcia and Jordan Danks to open the inning and push the Sox to the brink, they rallied with single by Marcus Semien, double by Paul Konerko, and home by Adam Dunn. 8-6. Joba Chamberlain relieved Coke and promptly walked Dayan Viciedo on 4 pitches to bring the tying run to the plate. Would tonight be a night to go down in Sox lore? Unfortunately not, a sharp line drive by Alexei Ramirez found leather, not turf, and the game ended.

The Sox and Tigers continue the series tomorrow night in Detroit. Andre Reinzo will make his first start of the season against Drew Smyly. Game time is 6:10 PM and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

The Futures Market:
Strong showing by the bats today despite being put in an early hole; lesser teams would have rolled over and died. So that's something.

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