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Wilting In The Florida Sun

June 13 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays

Sox Project Update:
Poor Finishing Work
The project can't seem to find its way to completion.

Short Take:The Sox snatch defeat from the humid jaws of victory, losing 5-4 to the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Every time the White Sox travel to play the Rays I'm struck by the irony that the depressing oversized soufflé they call the Tropicana Dome might have been the Sox' home park. In 1988 the White Sox came thisclose to moving to Tampa before the deal was struck to build the new ballpark in Chicago. St. Petersburg overreached, building the dome in an attempt to seduce the White Sox to move. When the Sox agreed to stay in Chicago the folks in St. Pete were left holding a gigantic bag.

But they were persistent and the expansion Devil Rays played their first season in 1998. After bumbling for several years the team changed its name, dropping the "Devil" and going instead by the perkier "Rays." Their fortunes picked up as they went to the World Series in 2008 and made multiple playoff appearances since then. But St. Pete doesn't seem to care, which is too bad because they play good baseball.

They did it again today, beating the Sox 5-4. The previous paragraphs describing the Rays' brief history are useful because they distract me from writing much about a game the Sox should have won.

Jeff Samardzija started today. Though the Sox scored in the top of the first, Samardzija displayed his first-inning penchant for giving up runs, allowing the Rays to tie it in the bottom of the first after giving up a leadoff triple and an RBI single. The Rays picked up another run in the third -- Samardzija hit Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch, and he scored after a double and a well-placed groundout allowed him to come home.

The Sox tied it 2-2 in the fourth on a string of three singles by Jose Abreu, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera. It stayed tied until the seventh when the Rays picked up one more when Nick Franklin scored on a groundout after reaching third on a triple. But in the top of the eighth pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer that scored him and Adam Eaton, who had reached base on a walk. At that point it was 4-3 and it seemed the bullpen should keep it together.

That was until the bottom of the eighth. Zach Putnam was pitching and allowed a two-out single by David DeJesus, who then stole second. Steven Souza's RBI single tied the game again at 4-4. Souza also stole second (seems that happens a lot against the Sox, eh?). Jake Petricka replaced Putnam, and promptly allowed Jake Elmore to single, scoring Souza and giving the Rays a 5-4 lead.

The top of the ninth showed promise. Gordon Beckham drew a one-out walk, Eaton followed with a single, but Emilio Bonifacio and Tyler Flowers were the next two hitters with predictable results. Bonifacio struck out and Flowers popped weakly to the firstbaseman. How is it the game so often seems to find Flowers? Or maybe I should ask why is it Flowers has so much trouble finding the game?

Nuts. At least the Sox didn't move to St. Pete in 1988. We might be talking instead about something else, like, oh, I don't know, hockey?

Rebuilding Recap:
When the rebuilding project moves into a Florida tent they can't seem to make progress.

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