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If It Isn't One Thing, It's Another: Blown Save

May 26 at Toronto Blue Jays

Sox Project Update:
Guys, please stop digging out the basement. It's plenty deep.

Short Take:  Sox show some O against knuckleballer Dickey and the Jays pen, take a 2-run lead to the bottom of the 9th, but closer Dave Robertson lets Jays walk it off

Yep, again - another loss. Nothing to see here. The Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9. But this time the win was snatched away when it was THISCLOSE.

Tonight's game was a seesaw battle that was mostly well-played on both sides, and it looked like the Sox were going to come up on the winning side when they entered the bottom of the 9th with a 9-7 lead.

But in the end, this is the 2015 White Sox, and if it can go wrong, it will. Today's problem wasn't the usually absent offense, or the troublesome defense, or the erratic starting pitching that's been contributing to the tallies in the loss column.

No, today's loss can be attributed directly to a blown save by our closer, David Robertson. Yep, I know; closers are going to blow saves sometimes. But this loss comes in a game in which the Sox actually displayed some offensive prowess, and they didn't give it away with poor defense, and they made it exciting by trading leads with the Jays in almost every inning. Ouch. My White Sox soul hurts.

I thought this game might be close and high-scoring, considering it featured starters with 5+ ERAs. And it was essentially as the ERAs promised, although starters John Danks and R.A. Dickey were both gone by the start of the 7th inning.

When Danks gave up a Josh Donaldson home run in the bottom of the 1st inning, I rolled my eyes in exasperation with Danks once again giving it up right off the bat. But for once, that one run was all he gave up in the 1st, and the hole he dug was more like a ditch than a canyon.

The Sox came up with a couple of runs in the 2nd inning on a Gordon Beckham single and a Carlos Sanchez sac fly. The Jays' Jose Bautista countered with a ground rule double that scored a pair, and gave the Jays a 3-2 lead.

But Jose Abreu's 3-run line drive homer in the 5th put the Sox up 5-3. Take that, said the Sox.

Ok, we will, said the Jays, and they parried back in the bottom of the inning with back to back doubles for 1 run. They followed it up with a walk and a double by Bautista to plate 2 more runs, and the Jays retook the lead 6-5.

Not so fast, said the Sox, and Melky Cabrera rebounded with an RBI in the top of the 6th to tie the game at 6.

Back atcha, said the Jays, and Bautista doubled in another run in the 7th to make it 7-6 Jays.

Oh, no, you don't, said the Sox, and in the top of 8th, Adam Eaton singled in a run to tie the game. Abreu then grounded in another run, Alexei Ramirez followed up with a single, and the Sox took a 9-7 lead to the bottom of the 8th.

Haha, said the Sox, and Zach Duke was sent in to cover the bottom of the 8th. Duke gave up a double, but got the next two outs. Then Robin Ventura said, "Here, Jays, face our fearsome closer." Robertson got the last out of the 8th, and figured to pitch the 9th. I gleefully rubbed my hands together.

And Robertson came in to close, but apparently left his moving fastball and wicked curve in the dugout on the bench. He did not get an out, giving up a single and a double, and a Josh Donaldson homer (his 2nd of the game) to let the Jays walk off with the 10-9 win.

If I can find the heart to say something nice about the game - after getting my guts ripped out, it's hard, but I'll try - it's that at least the game was exciting and not a White Sox drubbing, where I have to watch the game through my fingers covering my eyes.

That's all I got.

If anyone cares, Sox finish the series against the Jays tomorrow at 11:37 am.

Rebuilding Recap:
 They shore up one end and the other end falls down.

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