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Danks and Offense Sting the Rays

September 21 at Tampa Bay Rays

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Crops respond to a little basking in the Florida sunshine.

Short Take: Sox O in full gear, Danks thinks about a no-hitter, and the Sox beat the Rays 10-5 for the series win.

In a meaningless game between two teams that have long given up October baseball plans, the Sox won today's rubber game against the Rays at Tropicana Field 10-5.

Yesterday, I groaned aloud when I saw that I'd be writing this Sunday's TBGR for a John Danks start. Danks has been mostly disappointing this season, especially given that he is the highest paid player on the team. His last outing against the Royals was decent, but yet another bullpen betrayal in that game resulted in a no-decision, and the latest in a string of losses and no-decisions for Danks going back to the end of July. His last win was on 7/25 against Minnesota.

So maybe it was some form of karma or payback for my audible groan, or maybe Danks was due, or maybe the Rays didn't eat their Wheaties today. Whatever the reason, John Danks was very good and the Sox offense, led by Avisail Garcia, gave him plenty of run support.

Rays pitcher Nate Karns made his second MLB start of this season after an impressive win over the Toronto Blue Jays, where he gave up just 2 hits and no runs. Today, the Sox got to him fairly quickly.

Avi Garcia started off the scoring by leading off the 2nd inning with a home run into the center field seats. Next, Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch and Jordan Danks followed up with a broken bat single. Then Marcus Semien pulled his hands in on a pitch 4 or 5 inches inside and drove it into the left field seats, and the Sox quickly took a 4-0 lead.

After a quiet few innings for both teams, the Sox bats came alive again in the 5th. Again, Avi Garcia started off the scoring with his second solo home run of the game, an impressively long one. Viciedo followed with a single. Rays manager Joe Maddon decided that was all for Karn, and replaced him with Alex Colome, who was no relief for the Rays. Danks and Semien promptly singled and then Andy Wilkins drew a bases-loaded walk for an RBI. With the score now 6-0 and the bases still loaded, Josh Phegley grounded out for an RBI, making it 7-0 for our Sox. Alexei Ramirez then doubled in two more runs, and then Jose Abreu singled in another to make it 10-0.

And all this offense was taking place while John Danks had a no-hitter in progress. What?! Notorious for giving up runs after getting run support from his teammates, Danks managed to hang on to the no-hitter until the 6th inning. After Danks' third walk of the game, a double by Brandon Guyer ended the no-hitter. Several hard-hit infield outs and singles later (including a manager's challenge that was won on the third out called at 1st base), and Rays had finally scratched out a couple of runs, making score 10-2 Sox.

With Danks having thrown only 86 pitches, I was surprised to see that Robin Ventura decided to go to the beleaguered bullpen in the 7th. Matt Lindstrom replaced Danks, and hooboy…cue the clown music. The Rays starting hitting the ball hard, all over. Fortunately for the Sox, Moises Sierra had taken Viciedo's place in left field. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Sierra turned a nifty double play by catching a lineout and throwing out Yunel Escobar at home. Later in the inning, Casali doubled in a run off of Lindstrom, but that's all Lindstrom gave up (thanks to Sierra).

But that Sox bullpen…

Eric Surkamp came in and did the job in the 8th. On the other hand, Daniel Webb came in to finish the 9th, but consistently fell behind batters, gave up walks and hits, and allowed the Rays to battle back and score 2 more runs, making it 10-5. Robin yanked Webb for Scott Snodgress. With only one out and two runners one, Snodgress gave up a hit on the first pitch he threw to Kevin Kiermaier. Robin yanked Snodgress for Ronald Belasario.

I might have turned off the game at this point. Really, I wanted to, but it's like watching a car accident in slow motion…I couldn't tear my eyes away.

The first pitch Belasario threw to Wil Myers nearly left the park, but Avi Garcia made the catch. Belasario then got Logan Forysthe to fly out and end the game.

You know, when an 8-run lead doesn't seem like enough for your pen, it's bad. I can't wait to see what Rick Hahn has in mind for the 2015 bullpen, because this bullpen is mostly bull.

The Sox head to Detroit to face the Tigers on a three-game set. The Tigers are hanging on to the AL Central lead by their fingernails, so they'll be playing hard. Chris Bassitt is scheduled to face Kyle Lobstein; game at 6:08 CST on CSN.

The Futures Market:
 Some solid play from our future fielders today. Sell on the bullpen.

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