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April 15 at Cleveland

Sox Project Update:
Incompetent workers
There's a lot of personnel on sight, but not many seem to know how to do the job right.

Short Take:   Bad starting pitching, poor defense and no clutch hitting mean a series split with the Tribe.

Wednesday gave the White Sox a chance to get to .500 for the first time this season. The Cleveland Indians have high expectations, but that shouldn't matter to anybody outside of Ohio. Even if the Sox feel that way, you wouldn't have been able to tell a 4-2 loss.

John Danks breezed through the first two innings, but his problems started in the third, although it wasn't all his fault. Geovany Soto fielded a sac bunt by Roberto Perez, but made a bad throw to second instead, so Lonnie Chisenhall was safe. That run came around to score on another sac bunt and RBI groundout.

Jose Abreu singled and Adam LaRoche walked to begin the fourth. Two hitters later, Alexei Ramirez moved them up 90 feet two hitters later on a single. The bases were loaded, but J.B. Shuck popped up on an infield fly rule and Soto would have walked had he not swung at two bad pitches from Trevor Bauer. He struck out instead, squandering a big chance.

Chisenhall did more damage in the bottom half, bringing in Jerry Sands and Ryan Raburn on a double. Danks then gave up a two-out walk to Jason Kipnis, who stole second and scored on Carlos Santana's single. That was it for Danks, who continues to look so unlike the pitcher he was when he arrived in 2007.

There was hope in the sixth after LaRoche walked and Conor Gillaspie doubled. Ramirez had an RBI groundout and Shuck singled. Soto struck out to end the inning, but at least that 4-0 Indians lead had been cut in half.

Two more rallies came and went. The eighth saw two-out singles from Gordon Beckham and Ramirez, but Shuck grounded out to end it. The ninth, against Indians closer Cody Allen, began with Emilio Bonfcaio walking and Micah Johnson getting hit. Adam Eaton tried a sac bunt for some reason, even as he got deeper into the count, but struck out in a terrible display of execution. Melky Cabrera was robbed on a nice play by Jose Ramirez and Jose Abreu struck out to end the game.

Wasted opportunities on offense and poor decisions on defense made this a worse defeat than it should have been. It's something we've seen far too often over these past few years. The question is how long the organization can tolerate this until some kind of change is made. With the talent around, there shouldn't be so many of the same mistakes being made.

The 3-5 Sox will try to clear their minds Thursday before playing a Friday matinee in Detroit. A good pitching matchup awaits as Jeff Samardzija will face David Price. Chris Sale threw well against the Tigers in the team's final road game last year, but his bullpen gave it away. Hopefully, Samardzjia will have a win to show for his trouble, assuming he has a good game, of course.

Those who are able to watch can tune into Comcast SportsNet at 12:08.

Rebuilding Recap:
 If the hired workers can get their act together, some good things could happen. We just have to see it.

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