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Saturday Split, And So Did De Aza

August 30th vs. the Detroit Tigers

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Mixed Yield
In the bright sunshine, the crops flourished. In the moonlight, they withered badly.

Short Take: The Sox beat the Tigers in the afternoon make-up game, 6-3, and lost the real game later, 8-4. It was Saturday, you know.

Today is a two-fer. The Sox played the Tigers this afternoon in a make-up game and won 6-3. They took a shower, had a nice lunch, and came back to play the Tigers again at 6:00 in the regularly-scheduled game. Since the scheduled game was on Saturday, the Sox felt an obligation to lose, which they did by a score of 8-4.

They've done this on Saturdays all season, sending your Saturday TBGR correspondent scurrying to his thesaurus and Bill James bibliography to find new and pithy ways to say again that they lost. So join me as I plumb that deep pool of metaphors.

It was too bad that the first game was a make-up affair. The crowd was sparse as you'd expect for an unscheduled afternoon game, and the sea of empty seats were treated to a modern pitching matchup: Max Scherzer for the Michigan visitors and Chris Sale for the local favorites. They didn't disappoint: Scherzer struck out 11 in 6-2/3 innings and Sale fanned 13 in seven. Scherzer gave up six runs, however, while Sale only gave up three. And there's your score.

Adam Dunn hit a two-run ka-boomer and was joined in the RBI parade by Alexei Ramirez, Jose Abreu, and Tyler Flowers. Scherzer throws strikes, all right, and sometimes they get hit. Sale gave up all three runs in the first inning but found his bearings and for the rest of the game was the studly southpaw we know so well. 13 strikeouts in seven innings. Is he good, or what?

That was the matinee. The evening performance was not so boffo. Two rookie pitchers started the late show: Kyle Ryan for the Motowners and Chris Bassitt for the South Siders. Both looked good in the early going, though Ryan remained steady while Bassitt was victimized by a bunch of small hits that he paid for with his first MLB loss. The Sox couldn't score off Ryan, who scattered five hits in six innings of work. Our man Bassitt was hounded by seeing-eye ground balls and cutoff-missing defense behind him.

By the eighth inning the Sox were down 5-0 and it looked to be another dismal chapter in the Saturday series of squandered games. But hark! In the bottom of the eighth the Sox came up with four runs to make it a game at 5-4 on the strength of a couple of walks, a double, and a three-run homer by Dayan Viciedo.

But then the bullpen did what it does best in the top of the ninth, awarding the big cats three more runs to put the whole enterprise out of reach. Maikel Cleto and Javy Guerra gave up a series of hits and a hit-by-pitch that allowed the rude visitors to run the bases freely. The Sox went down meekly in the bottom of the ninth and 8-4 was the final score.

There were highlights, though. It was Tony LaRussa bobblehead night, with fireworks, and LaRussa himself was there signing autographs and posing next to his Hall Of Fame plaque, trying to look pensive the whole time. Also, the USA Little League champion Jackie Robinson West team was there and received warm applause from all of us who appreciate baseball played with focus and precision.

Seeing the JRW team out there made me wonder what it would take to get them to coach Dayan Viciedo. He could learn more than a few things from the Morgan Park champs, like how to throw to a cutoff man, how to take a route to a fly ball, and how to adjust a swing for different situations. Though Viciedo lit the sky with a three-run dinger tonight, he also darkened the outfield as he misplayed fly balls and made wild throws to the infield. Watch tapes of the Little Leaguers, could learn a lot.

The bullpen remains a hot mess that I don't think even the JRW prodigies can straighten out. Rick Hahn needs a backhoe and an ore barge to excavate and haul away the toxic debris that shows up in the late innings.

A bright light did shine through the darkness. It was announced that Alejandro De Aza was traded to the Orioles for two minor-league pitchers. The announcement, made quietly on the ballpark video screen, was greeted with more warm applause and some festive dancing. The big question is: Why on earth did Baltimore want him? And want him enough to give up two pitchers? Rick Hahn must be a hypnotist.

September 1st is coming soon, when the rosters will expand and we'll get to see more minor-league auditions. They say it took Thomas Edison 1,000 attempts to get a working light bulb. We can only pray that it doesn't take Hahn that long to find something that lights up.

The Futures Market:
I'm buying Sox futures as long as Rick Hahn is selling pieces like De Aza.

submitted by tebman.

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Game 1: Adam Dunn
Game 2: Dayan Viciedo

Dunn hit a big home run, which is always good for a smile. Viciedo hit a bigger one, which reminds us that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

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