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Smile, Conor: Your Grannie is Here

August 17 vs Toronto Blue Jays

Daily Sox Crop Report:
They're looking a little greener, but it's pretty late in the growing season.

Short Take: Sox score early and...well, early, as Gillapsie grand slam and JorDanks dinger in the 1st account for most of the Sox O; Sox beat Jays 7- 5.

It's a miracle on 35th Street! The Sox bullpen did NOT blow a lead! Although Jake Petricka made it way more, uh, interesting than it should have been, the Sox hung on and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 to take the series.

This game did not bode well for our Sox in the top of the first inning, when the Sox again fell victim to review of a play at the plate. With Jose Reyes on 3rd, Jose Bautista grounded to first. Jose Abreu (hey, three Joses in a play!) threw it home. Reyes, who did not bother to slide, stepped on Nieto's leg instead of the plate. The unhurt Nieto popped up, followed Reyes behind the plate, and tagged him out.

But then came an umpire review, and after several minutes of discussion with the guys in NY, Reyes was called safe. By the letter of the rule, it looked like Nieto's leg was in front of the plate before he got the ball, but…ugh. I hope this home plate rule gets a thorough review of its own in the off season, because it needs it.

But the Sox came on like gangbusters in the bottom of the first. Jays pitcher Drew Hutchinson had trouble finding the plate, and gave up a single and a couple of walks. So unsung Sox third baseman Conor Gillapsie found himself with bases loaded, two outs, two strikes, and facing a pitcher who'd walked a few. Gillapsie uncorked on a fastball and sent it into the right field seats. And I actually saw a small smile on Gillapsie's face in the dugout afterwards!

Perhaps energized by Gillapsie's first career grand slam, Gordon Beckham followed immediately with a single, and then Jordan Danks drove another one into the seats. When the Jays finally got the 3rd out, the Sox led 6-1.

After a few quiet innings, the Jays got back in the game in the 5th, when starting pitcher Scott Carroll gave up a DLW to bottom-of-the-order catcher Josh Thole. A couple of hits and a GIDP later, Thole scored. Then Edwin Encarnacion launched one into the Sox bullpen to make it 6-4.

Hutchinson settled in after the first two innings, and the Sox couldn't add on any runs until the 6th. Gillaspie led off with walk. An infield hit by Beckham that advanced Gillapsie to third set up a sac fly by Danks that scored Gillapsie, and the Sox led 7-5.

But, as Robin began his saunter to the mound to lift Carroll after 2 outs in the 6th, Sox fans everywhere held our heads in our hands and groaned, "Oh, crap. Here comes the bullpen".

Just to show you why we Sox fans feels that way, this was immediately followed by:

  1. Daniel Webb to the mound.
  2. A single by Dionner Navarro that put the Jays within 1 run of the Sox.
  3. A Jose Reyes popup in foul territory overrun by Gillapsie that would have been the third out.
  4. A single by Reyes.
  5. A trip by Don Cooper to the mound to slap around have a chat with Daniel Webb.
  6. A Melky Cabrera strikeout, looking.

(And yes, I *would* liked to have been a fly on Coop's cap during that conversation with Webb.)

Webb also started the 7th inning and gave up a DLW, but no runs. He was eventually relieved by Eric Surkamp, who did his job. Zach Putnam took over in the 8th, and despite briefly forgetting how to throw strikes, escaped the inning unscathed.

Jake Petricka had to make things way too interesting in the 9th. Between a couple of walks and base hits, the Jays threatened with bases loaded and 1 out. But he got a shallow fly out from Colby Rasmus and a ground out from Nolan Reimold to end the game. Whew!

Of note:

  • Welcome back again, Avi Garcia. We missed his big bat. Garcia nearly got a triple in the 8th inning, but a perfect relay throw nailed him at 3rd. Or was he safe? Robin questioned the tag, but the call on the field was upheld.
  • I just noticed the big old English Sox logo painted into the grass behind home plate. I like it!

Sox host the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at 7 pm CST; Chris Sale faces Bud Norris.

The Futures Market:
 Well, if Coop can keep 'em in line, keep the bullpen. And Gillapsie gets to stay too.

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