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No Room for Error: Winning Streak Ends

May 19 vs Cleveland Indians

Sox Project Update:
On break
Good progress made last week; Sox are just taking a brief coffee break. We hope.

Short Take:  Box score doesn't show it, but several Sox defensive miscues drive loss to Cleveland Indians, 3-1.

The Sox entered this game riding a 6-game winning streak. They had not lost since before I wrote my last TBGR one week ago. They swept the As! They won their last 4 series! And last night, they pulled one of their butts and beat the Indians in extra innings! There has been joy in Soxville and the calls for Robin Ventura's head have mostly fizzled.

But all good things must…oh, never mind. I'll ditch the clichés and just say that the Sox got beat by the Indians 3-1 today.

On second thought, I'll say this: the Sox beat themselves and allowed the Indians to win 3-1, as several defensive miscues that weren't scored as errors were key to this loss.

It was the usual story for Sox starter Jose Quintana. He pitched fairly well, but the Sox defense let him down for 2 runs that the Sox could ill afford in a tight game. And the offense was on snooze today, as Indians starter Trevor Bauer baffled most of the lineup. He pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only 4 hits, 1 earned run, struck out 7 and walked 3.

Right off the bat, the Indians were gifted a run in the 1st inning when Avisail Garcia was completely fooled by leadoff hitter Jason Kipnis' fly ball. If Garcia had just stayed in place and waited, instead of charging toward the infield, he would have caught it. But it was too late; once he figured it out, he could not get back fast enough, and the ball went over his head to the wall. Cue the clown music! Kipnis strolled into 3rd base, and no error was charged on the play.

Quintana then walked the next hitter, Jose Ramirez, and a Michael Brantley fly ball scored Kipnis. Fortunately, Quintana picked Ramirez off and then struck out Ryan Raburn to limit the damage to 1 run.

Sox hitters showed little against Bauer for the first 4 innings. His curve was effective and he moved the ball around the plate a lot, keeping hitters off balance.

Finally, in the 4th inning, Jose Abreu scorched a double that bounced over the center field fence. That extended Abreu's hit streak to 14 games. He hasn't hit a lot of dingers, but he has been starting the drive the ball well. Then we gave thanks that Garcia was not sitting on the bench tonight due to his knee inflammation, because he singled in Abreu to tie the game. Conor Gillapsie then walked and the bases were loaded for Alexei Ramirez, but he left 'em that way when he struck out at a curve ball in the dirt.

The Indians scored again in the 5th, as a result of another defensive miscue that doesn't show up as an error in the box score. Alexei Ramirez deflected a Jason Kipnis liner off his glove. While not an error, this was the kind of play that Alexei usually makes -- the spectacular, sports-highlight-reel, mid-air grab -- but he mis-timed it. This was followed by a Jose Ramirez shot down into the left field corner, scoring Kipnis to give the Indians the lead.

In the 5th, Tyler Flowers led off with a single, which was followed by that rare and elusive creature known as a "successful sacrifice bunt" courtesy of Carlos Sanchez. But Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera couldn't come through, and left Flowers stranded. And in the 6th, Garcia ended up on 2nd base after a wild throw, but Conor Gillaspie struck out to end the inning.

Quintana pitched 7 solid innings and allowed 2 "earned" runs on 8 hits, struck out 4 and walked 4. He also ended the 7th by striking out Nick Swisher with runners on base. I greatly enjoyed that.

We've made much of the bullpen improvements that Rick Hahn engineered this season. But one of last season's carryovers, Zach Putnam, came into the 8th. Putnam struck out Lonnie Chisenhall and made Brandon Moss look silly swinging at his breaking ball for 2 strikes. But then Putnam threw Moss a high fastball that Moss took deep to the right field bleachers. Sigh. Putnam then struck out Perez and Bourn, but the damage was done and it was 3-1 Indians.

The Sox threatened in the 8th with runners at 1st and 2nd and only 1 out, but Adam LaDunn1 -- I mean, Adam LaRoche -- struck out, followed by Avisail Garcia looking at his very own strike 3.

The Sox showed nothing in the 9th inning against Cody Allen, going down meekly with a couple of strikeouts and a weak popup to foul territory. Thus endeth the winning streak.

After a brief flirtation with being over .500, the Sox toe the line with an 18-18 record.

The 3rd game of this 4-game series is tomorrow at 7:10 pm at the Cell. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to face Shaun Marcum. A game at a time, boys...a game at a time.

(1)Copyright ChiSoxGal85sis :-)

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