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Rodon Debut A Rough Road

April 21 vs. Cleveland Indians


Sox Project Update:
Framework under construction
New trusses arrived, but before they are used in the rebuilding, it appears some seasoning is needed.

Short Take:  Indians trump Sox 6-2; Noesi not bad, just not good enough when Sox bats snooze - and it's a bumpy debut for Sox prospect Carlos Rodon

After seeing the Sox pull off an exciting, come-from-behind walkoff win against the Indians last night, I sat down to watch tonight's game with anticipation. Maybe that win last night will spark something, I thought. Maybe this is the start of something good. Like a really long winning streak that will catapult them to the top of the AL Central.

Naaaah.

On a cold and breezy Tuesday night at the Cell, a sparse crowd saw the Sox continue to drive the struggle bus, losing to the Cleveland Indians 6-2 and featuring the debut of prospect Carlos Rodon that perhaps didn't quite go as he planned.

Sox starter Hector Noesi took the loss, but our number 5 starter was better than his last outing. He went 5.2 innings, allowing 4 earned runs and 4 hits, 5 strikeouts, and only 1 walk. His few mistakes included giving up solo home runs to Carlos Santana and David Murphy.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (who was knocked out of last game that he pitched against the Sox by a Melky Cabrera liner to the face) pitched 5 innings and allowed only 1 earned run – a Jose Abreu home run in the first inning. Abreu also drove in the Sox' only other run in the 8th inning.

The Sox could not string together meaningful offense against Carrasco or the rest of Cleveland's entire pitching staff (or what felt like it, anyway; Tony Francona likes to play the matchups). Although Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Jose Abreu each went 2/4 today, the middle of the order (Adam LaRoche, Avisail Garcia, and Conor Gillaspie) probably should have just stayed home; they went 0/12 with 6 Ks between them.

The most interesting part of this game was when Noesi gave up a couple of singles in the 6th and Robin Ventura lifted him for Carlos Rodon. Not that we haven't been eagerly anticipating our 2014 first round draft pick's major league debut since Monday, when he was called up from Charlotte. But when Rodon found himself in his first outing with the Sox down by 1 run and 2 runners on, the pressure was on, and the debut became somewhat painful to watch.

All amped up, Rodon struggled to find the plate. He walked Brandon Moss on 4 pitches that weren't even really close. With the bases loaded, Francona sent in the Sox Killer: Ryan Raburn. Man, than guy just eats us alive. And, what new…Rabun got the count 3-2 and hit a broken bat single, scoring a pair to extend the Indians lead to 4-1.

Rodon finally got Lonnie Chisenhall to ground out and end the inning. The remainder of his outing was less eventful, albeit rocky. Rodon completed 2.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks and a strikeout. He struggled with control until the 8th inning, when he finally seemed to settle in and get that first major league strikeout (Chisenhall).

I guess the good news for Rodon is that outing is now, heh, out of the way, and he will only get better.

A Sox threat in the 8th inning ended with bases loaded, Avisail Garcia striking out, and the Sox down 6-2, and thus it ended.

The Sox face Cleveland again tomorrow in the rubber game of the series. Game time is 1:10 pm, starring Jeff Samardzija vs. Corey Kluber. Should be a good one!

WSI's
Rebuilding Recap:
 Showing some strength in the top half of the order today, but the middle appears to be sagging under pressure. Hopefully it's a temporary.


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