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Another Bogus Bullpen Game

July 9 at Red Sox

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Soggy grain
The crops grew nicely, but then got watered down too much.

Short Take:   Sale's nice outing is spoiled by poor relief at the end.

I've been reading TBGRs for nine years and now, I get to contribute to this aspect of WSI. Much gratitude is given to those who have presented me with this opportunity, but I can't reserve any for the White Sox tonight. Just when I thought they'd welcome me with open arms, they decided to initiate me more properly by blowing a 4-0 lead in the final two innings and allowing the Boston Red Sox to walk them off 5-4. Things started nicely with Jose Abreu's solo blast in the 1st and that appeared to be enough for Chris Sale. John Farrell's All-Star snub showed why he shouldn't need the Final Vote to go to Minneapolis by striking out 6, walking no one and giving up just 4 hits in 7 2/3 innings. He'll probably get in anyway, but that he's even faced with this shouldn't be an issue. The rest of the offense seemed to be gravy for Sale. Conor Gillaspie followed Abreu with his own solo homer in the 2nd, then doubled and came around to score in the 4th on an error by Mike Napoli. The 7th saw Tyler Flowers and Adam Eaton hit back-to-back doubles. Just pack it in and go home, right? Oh no.

The bottom of the 8th began with an unusual infield double by Mookie Betts, which appeared would be a footnote after Sale induced two groundouts. Robin Ventura then removed Sale in favor of Jake Petricka with the purpose of getting one out. Instead, he surrendered two runs on a Dustin Pedroia single and David Ortiz double. A mound visit didn't help because Napoli walked and Jonny Gomes doubled. That was it for the reliable-of-late Petricka, who gave way to Javy Guerra. He prevented any further damage by getting Mike Carp to ground out.

Guerra came on in the 9th to try and nail down the save. With one out and a 1-2 count to Betts, Guerra hit him and the game's tide permanently turned. Daniel Nava tied it with a double to the wall and Brock Holt singled to bring Nava home from second. Wrong Sox win it.

While Ventura's decision to pull Sale is debatable, what isn't is that relievers are meant to protect a lead and ours didn't do it this time. Sadly, it's not the first time we've seen it this year and it likely won't be the last. How frustrating to see so many good outings go to waste.

The White Sox will try to take three of four at Fenway Thursday afternoon. Jose Quintana will face Jon Lester on Comcast SportsNet at the unusual start time of 3:05. By then, we'll likely be celebrating Sale's All-Star selection and if we're lucky, have this game cleansed from our memories.

The Futures Market:
  Buying a lot for our ace, but selling even more for this crappy relief corps.

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