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Shark Tanked: Rangers Pound Sox

June 2 at Texas Rangers

Sox Project Update:
More big trouble
Thinking about scrapping these blueprints and starting over, Rick?

Short Take:  Samardzija, Sox relievers combine to allow a gazillion hits, including a million to 21-year-old Joey Gallo making his major league debut; Rangers embarrass Sox 15-2

One of the Sox' highly touted offseason pitching acquisitions continues to baffle everyone except hitters. Thus far, the enigma known as Jeff Samardzija has spent his White Sox career oscillating between awfulness and mediocrity, but in his last few starts, showed signs of being the top-of-the-rotation pitcher we thought that we were getting.

But tonight, the Shark tanked, and the relievers, the defense, and offense simply went through the motions while the Rangers ran roughshod over the White Sox, 15-2.

Like most of the Sox starting pitching staff, Samardzija has struggled with giving up runs in the first inning. With no help from the Sox defense, tonight was true to form. The Sox barely got the first two outs of the game, and then Samardzija gave up 3 straight singles. With bases jacked, Adam LaRoche muffed a grounder by 21-year-old Joey Gallo (in his first major league at-bat), and the rookie generously was awarded a hit and 2 RBIs to lead off his career. Samardzija followed up with a HBP, then another single, and 25 pitches later, it was 4-0 Rangers, going in to the top of the 2nd.

Once AGAIN, the Sox had to dig themselves out of a big hole to start the game. I'm too annoyed to look up the stats, but have seen enough to speculate that if the Sox didn't consistently give up boatloads of runs in the first inning, the Sox's W-L record would be much different.

In the 3rd, Adam Eaton attempted to get the Sox back in the game with a 2-run homer to the RF upper deck. With this homer, Eaton tied his career season high home run total at 3.

Sadly, that was all the scoring the White Sox would muster tonight. And the White Sox upheld their tradition of "giving back" in the bottom of the inning, when Gallo hit a majestic 2-run homer into the upper deck in right field. The Rangers led 6-2, and at that point, I made a mental note to avoid watching MLB Network for the next 24 hours, so I didn't have to relieve our highly-paid starter giving it up to the rookie over…and over…and over again.

Samardzija didn't make it out of the 6th inning, giving up 9 runs on 12 hits. Dan Jennings and Hector Noesi were ineffectual, and the Rangers continued to pile it on. Nineteen hits and 15 runs later, it was finally and mercifully over.

The best part of the game was watching the exceptional major league debut at the plate by the Rangers' Gallo. He was only a triple from hitting for the cycle, and it was fun to watch the young man and his family enjoy his debut. However, I didn't enjoy it being at our expense.

Last Tuesday, I wrote this paragraph about the Robertson blown save game:

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.

I'm perturbed to find that my own words have come back to haunt me. The Sox were outpitched, outhit and outclassed. It was an entirely nauseating and embarrassing game to watch as a Sox fan. If you DVR'd it with the intent of watching it later, don't bother; just hit the Delete button.

The Sox play the Rangers again tomorrow at 7:05 pm. Chris Sale will face Nick Martinez. I think I'll start watching in the 2nd inning.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Shoddy construction means this rebuild may need to be rebuilt.

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