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First is Foe for Noesi

July 30 at Detroit

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Post-medicine sugar
Noesi’s recovery made this loss a little easier to swallow.

Short Take:   One bad inning from Hector is all it takes to lose this one early.

Hector Noesi really could have himself a career in the big leagues. He’d probably be better suited as a long reliever than a starter, but the White Sox had to send somebody out against the Detroit Tigers at the always well-attended Comerica Park Wednesday. It took him until the second inning to settle down, but by then, this 7-2 loss was already out of reach.

Noesi struck out Austin Jackson to begin his outing, but then, the slugging Tigers showed up. Eight straight hitters went to the plate without recording an out, resulting in six runs. Ian Kinsler’s single was followed by a Miguel Cabrera walk. Next came three consecutive RBI singles from Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez. The first two have been killing the Sox for years, but the third is just getting his feet wet. Nick Castellanos capped the scoring with a three-run blast to right.

It looked like Andre Rienzo would have a long night out of the bullpen, but Noesi made some adjustments to keep the score where it was. He ended up staying out for six innings to save the relievers from a large strain due to this game. When he departed, Eric Surkamp gave up a run in the seventh and Rienzo came on for a scoreless eighth.

Really though, this game would have been over in the first even if all those runs hadn’t scored. Max Scherzer, who has given the Sox fits this year, struck out six in seven innings for his AL-leading 13th win. His lone blemish came in his final frame when Dayan Viciedo hit a sac fly to drive in Alexei Ramirez, who had moved to third on a single by Jose Abreu. Adam Dunn had a solo shot in the ninth, removing the remaining suspense of whether the Sox would score again.

No matter what the Sox do at Thursday’s trade deadline, games like this show it’s going to be tough for anybody in the Central to catch the Tigers. They have enough bats in a weak division to slug their way to the playoffs. Sure, the Sox broke theirs out on Tuesday, but that was just one of the 60 they were supposed to win. Detroit also has the strongest rotation in the division. If they just get another bullpen arm in addition to Joakim Soria, whom they just acquired, they’ll be set to go.

The Sox have a more legitimate chance to get the Wild Card game, but the number of teams in front of them could be problematic. Still, they can get back on that track Thursday at 12:08, less than three hours before the deadline. John Danks, assuming he’s still around, will face Detroit’s Drew Smyly. Those able to watch can do so on WGN.

The Futures Market:
 Noesi can eat some innings, which is useful for any club. Hold onto him until he completely falls apart or becomes ineffective.

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