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Defense? We don't need no stinking defense!

June 12 at Tampa Bay

Sox Project Update:
Mistakes Abound
Some bad luck and a few silly miscues delay the project another night.

Short Take:   Sox don't do John Danks any favors defensively and the offense isn't enough to overcome those mistakes.

After a horrible start to the season, Fridays have been kind to Sox fans recently, so you had to figure the other shoe was going to drop eventually and last night it did. The Sox offense managed to plate five runs and John Danks wasn't horrible, but he was unlucky and the defense didn't do him any favors as the Sox went on to lose 7-5.

Last night's game wasn't pretty for either team. Both managed to give up a couple of unearned runs after chucking the baseball around like it was radioactive at various times. The Rays managed to be a bit luckier hitting baseballs where defenders weren't though, managing four infield singles and a couple more bloop hits. They also managed to string those together well and had help from the Sox defense in the form of an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball all of which contributed to Tampa's final run total. Danks was the victim of this poor defense and lucky hits and though he gave up more hits than you would want, again, several of them would have been outs on a different night. The Sox compounded the Rays luck at the plate by being unable to turn a few key defensive plays during the single big inning the Rays had. Jose Abreu who later managed to jack out another home run dropped the ball on what would have been the first out of the crucial 6th inning. After a sacrifice bunt with runners at first and second Carlos Sanchez fielded a grounder and fired home but Ellmore's quick touch to the front of the plate just beat Flower's tag attempt. Another single scored a second run and then Flowers compounded the the problem by allowing a passed ball, One more single and the Rays had a 3-run inning and a 6-2 lead.

The Sox got some help from the Rays defense also, and that single miscue the Rays led to two Sox runs. In the 5th, while trailing 2-0 Sanchez drew a walk after Flowers struck out Eaton followed with one of the prettiest bunts you'll ever see and when the Rays' catcher, Rivera fired high to first Sanchez came all the way around to score and Eaton ended up at third. The first of Alexei Ramirez's two sacrifices promptly drove in Eaton. The rest of the Sox runs came in the 7th when the Sox managed a couple of singles sandwiched around a fielder's choice. A wild pitch put runners at 2nd and third and Ramirez hit his second Sacrifice before Abreu Unloaded his bomb. The game was 6-5 at that point, but the Sox went 1-2-3 in their final two at bats while the Rays tacked on another run in the bottom half of the seventh with the benefit of ANOTHER infield hit and the aforementioned wild pitch for the final run of the night.

So frustrating to lose games like this when an inch here an inch there and the Sox might have won. Infield hits, nice slides, bloop singles and a few defensive lapses and suddenly your team gives up seven runs. That's part of baseball, but it would be nice if the defense managed to stop giving up quite so many extra outs. Sox are back at it today against these same Rays. Game time is 3:10 in Chicago with Shark going against Chris Archer who is off to a hot start this year with a 0.95 WHIP and a 1.84 ERA. Sounds like he's been a bit unlucky with the run support as he's only 7-4. Hopefully the Sox can continue that for him and hand him his 5th loss.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Too many defensive lapses to tell what direction this team is going in. If they can clean it up they might be pretty good.

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