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Swept in Camden Yards Midwest

August 20 vs. Baltimore

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Stray mines
If only the Sox and their fans had known of the danger Baltimore brings with it.

Short Take:   Oriole power bats lead charge to keep Sox off board in series, make visiting fans proud.

Whenever I go to new Comiskey Park, U.S. Cellular Field or whatever you wish to call it, I expect to be comfortable in my familiar surroundings. By the time my dad and I entered the concourse for Wednesday's tilt with the Baltimore Orioles, it became clear the atmosphere was not of the norm. Orange shirts and other O's apparel could be seen in all directions and why not? These fans follow a first-place team whose lead is larger than any other team in the Majors (nine games). They all left happy after the Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox 4-3.

From the moment the partisan crowd shouted "O!" during the Star-Spangled Banner in accordance with team tradition, it felt as if I had stumbled into Oriole Park at Camden Yards disguised as our Pale Hose home. Good vibes came in the bottom of the first however after Avisail Garcia followed Jose Abreu's single with a two-run homer to left. It's nice to see this kid's early return looking like a good idea so far. But when the out-of-town scoreboard started flickering during an uneventful third inning, it's possible it was warning us of what was about to come.

Hector Noesi, who had cruised through the Orioles' lineup the first time through, wasn't so lucky with the second. To begin the fourth, Steve Pearce cut the Sox lead in half with a solo shot to left. Adam Jones followed with his second single in as many at-bats and then, confirmed PED user Nelson Cruz got all of a Noesi fastball and sent it further up than either of the previous two blasts. The Orioles had a 3-2 lead and the ballpark was rocking with the wrong people.

That was the only bad inning Noesi had all night. Besides Jones burning him again in the sixth with another Baltimore home run, he kept the team in the game all night. Seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks is a good line for anybody. It's just too bad his offense couldn't get him enough support to avoid the tough defeat.

Meanwhile, the Sox had to contend with Wei-Yin Chen, who would earn his 13th win of the season. He came out to start the eighth while only being hooked with the first-inning troubles and a Garcia sac fly in the sixth. His victory became jeopardized with one out after back-to-back singles from Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza. Enter Darren O'Day, who has given right-handed hitters fits all year. Faced with the slimmest of leads and the go-ahead run at first, all he did was strike out Abreu and Garcia to escape the jam. Zach Britton then retired the order in the ninth for his 27th save, setting off an orange-clad celebration.

At least when the Cubs or a divisional opponent comes to the South Side, we expect the other fan base to be well-represented. We would even expect it for other teams who are playing well or have large markets. This time though, the Orioles fans truly made it seem like this wasn't a home game. Don't get me wrong. The Orioles have some great fans and from what I heard, they were cooperative throughout this series. But when the home-field advantage shifts in a way that it shouldn't, it's a pretty helpless feeling. Of course, it can also reflect on how the two teams are playing. Baltimore is a contender and the Sox are a team in transition. So the results shouldn't be too surprising.

After a day off Thursday, the Sox will begin a weekend series in the Bronx Friday as they take on the New York Yankees. This will also begin Derek Jeter's final series against our beloved. John Danks will face Shane Greene starting at 6:05. You can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

The Futures Market:
 Avisail Garcia should be bought high. Noesi can fetch a decent return as well. They'll look even better with a more consistent winner.

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