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2014 Is Mercifully Winding Down

September 20th vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Daily Sox Crop Report:
More Thin Yields
Except for a few shoots growing late, the crop was thin.

Short Take: The Sox lost to the Rays 3-1 in another display of Saturday somnolence.

Saturdays have cast a long shadow over the White Sox this year. Tonight the Bridgeport Boys lost again, 3-1, against the Tampa Bay Rays, making their 2014 Saturday record a dismal 8-19, which includes a couple of wins in unscheduled makeup games, so maybe 6-19 is more accurate.

Actually, I was surprised to discover they had won eight. I've been drafting TBGRs for Saturday games and in the wash of so many losses, including twelve straight from the first week, it seemed as if they'd won even fewer.

But no win tonight. Hector Noesi started this game and, as is his wont, found himself often behind in the count, which allowed the hitters to see his stuff and wait for the hittable strike. Nick Franklin found the pitch he wanted in the second inning and golfed it for a two-run homer. The Tropicana bunch picked up another run in the fifth off Noesi when Ben Zobrist singled home Yunel Escobar, making it 3-0.

Three runs would be all the Floridians needed. The Sox offense was characteristically weak, with only two hits off Tampa starter Chris Archer, another relative unknown who mystified the Sox with his extremely average pitch repertoire. No need to belabor the Sox' inability to hit average-to-below-average pitching; that's ground that's been well-plowed. It doesn't get any easier to watch, though.

The Sox did make some noise in the ninth against TB closer Jake McGee. Jose Abreu led off with a walk and then took second base on defensive indifference (which might be my favorite baseball term -- it neatly describes De Aza's and Dunn's careers). Marcus Semien then singled Abreu home so that the Sox could avoid the shutout, but the team regressed to the mean and went down quietly for the next three outs.

Paul Konerko pinch-hit in the ninth. He went after the first pitch and popped out to center, but it was great to see him nonetheless. The last couple of years have been difficult for all of us who invest ourselves in the team's fortunes, and appreciating a steady professional like Konerko makes it all more palatable.

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few;
September, November,
And these few precious days I'll spend with you.
These precious days I'll spend with you.

I thought about those lines from "September Song" when I watched Konerko's at-bat tonight. I'll be in attendance next weekend at his valedictory games, and no matter how these last few seasons have turned out, I'm glad I'll be able to spend these dwindling days with Paulie and several thousand of his and my closest friends.

The Futures Market:
The Sox have nothing but future at this point. I'm in.

submitted by tebman.

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