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Beaten by Bums

August 6 vs. Texas

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Bread without yeast
The offense looked ready to rise, but it just didn't. The yeast must have been left out.

Short Take:  The offense, Adam Eaton disappear to give Chris Sale his second loss of the season.

Chris Sale pitching against the worst team in baseball should be an automatic win, right? Most of the current Texas Rangers lineup wouldn't make a AAA team squirm, right? Apparently, the White Sox didn't get the message, losing 3-1 to drop two of three in the series.

As I sat in the K Zone on a lovely Chicago afternoon, everything seemed to be in place for a good game. Those feelings were replaced with dread in the second inning when Sale hit J.P. Arencibia and then served up his third home run in 10 at-bats to Adam Rosales (who?). Adding injury to insult was Adam Eaton hitting the wall hard chasing the homer down and having to leave the game with a sore lower back. I didn't pay to see Leury Garcia, who struck out in all three of his at-bats, in the leadoff spot and I doubt anyone else at the park did either.

Sale lasted six innings and struck out nine without giving up another run, a line which would normally result in a win for him. But the Rangers' staff, led by no-name starter Nick Tepesch, shut the White Sox bats down. Although Tepesch left one hitter shy of six innings, the relif trio of Roman Mendez, 2005 Sox hero Neal Cotts and closer Neftali Feliz picked up right where he left off, allowing only a solo shot to Dayan Viciedo in the seventh. All that did was erase a second home run by Rosales in the top half of that inning, so the Sox were faced with a two-run deficit for most of the game.

As us Sox fans were left to wonder if Rosales will make a whole career feasting off Sox pitching, we were further frustrated by many wasted chances. In three straight innings, the Sox got the leadoff man on and then hit into double plays. Three leadoff hits turned into three 1-2-3 innings. Shouldn't be possible. In the sixth, the Sox had runners on second and third with two outs, but Jose Abreu could only ground out to short. The seventh saw Tyler Flowers hit a two-out single, which allowed Paul Konerko to pinch-hit as the tying run. Cotts struck out his former teammate despite the lefty-righty matchup. Their final baserunner came with Gordon Beckham's leadoff walk in the eighth, and even that couldn't advance past second.

The Sox outhit the Rangers 8-5 and still couldn't capitalize much. Although they forced Texas pitching into the stretch quickly in many innings, the men on the mound calmly settled in and left the South Side feeling good about themselves. Maybe Eaton could have changed the complexion of the game had he not been forced to leave, but that the other eight men who started did little to help the cause doesn't inspire that kind of confidence.

After a 2-4 homestand, the Sox head out West for a six-game road trip, starting with Thursday's series opener against the Seattle Mariners. Scott Carroll will face Roenis Elias at 9:10 on WGN. I advise you use wise judgment on whether to stay up late to watch if you don't have to.

I'll conclude this recap with a couple of personal positives for me at the ballpark today. First, the legendary Beltin' Bill Melton signed my scorebook as he walked up the K Zone aisle. Second, Melton and Chuck Garfien sat right in front of me as they teased the CSN postgame show, so I was on TV, which my friend took notice of and posted my shot on Facebook and Twitter. So to paraphrase a certain Chicago sportscaster, I enjoyed the experience in spite of the outcome.

The Futures Market:
The offense tends to disappear without notice, so be cautious when considering an investment.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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