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At Least We Scored

June 17 vs. Pittsburgh

Sox Project Update:
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There hasnít been any productive activity at this site in almost a week.

Short Take:   The White Sox finally plate a couple, but itís still not enough as the slide continues.

When youíre stuck in a slump like the White Sox are, youíll take any small victory you can get. I donít mean actually ending a losing streak. I mean scoring, which is what every team strives for. Even that wasnít enough Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates won their third straight of this series 3-2.

You probably know this tale or something similar. John Danks was roughed up in the first inning, as is typical for seemingly every White Sox starter these days. Josh Harrison led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice, then scored on Andrew McCutchenís single. Rounding out the Piratesí scoring was a two-run homer by some 28-year-old rookie named Jung Ho Kang, which prompted Sox fans to settle in for what seemed like another long night.

But miraculously, Danks settled down after that inning. He lasted six more frames, giving up just two hits and walking none in that span. He arguably singlehandedly kept the Sox in the game throughout. Nice to see the Danks of old make an appearance, even if it came a tad late.

Unfortunately for the Sox, Jeff Locke was also dominant on the mound. He struck out eight and allowed three hits over six innings. It wasnít until his last trip out of the dugout that the Sox finally ended their 30-inning scoreless streak. On a hit-and-run, Adam Eatonís leadoff walk scored with Melky Cabreraís double and Cabrera eventually came home on Avisail Garciaís single.

Eaton and Cabrera were likely trying to make up for what happened with them two innings earlier. Eaton was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth and appeared to swipe second on Cabreraís strikeout. But Cabrera was ruled to have interfered with Francisco Cervelliís throw, so both guys were called out. Robin Ventura, clearly frustrated with that and everything thatís happened recently, got himself tossed.

Manager or no manager, the Sox never mounted a serious threat the rest of the way. A trio of Pirates relievers, including closer Mark Melancon, held the bats to a Cabrera single in the eighth. Maybe it was the Pale Hoseís recent offensive slump or the Bucsí bullpen dominating, but nothing was going to happen in the late innings. Now, the Pirates are one win from sweeping all four games.

How much longer will Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn allow this to continue? The recent extended road trip didnít knock the Sox out of contention, but this might be the stretch that finally does. An immediate change in culture is in order. Otherwise, weíll be doomed to watching spotty offense and first-inning woes for the rest of the season.

Jeff Samardzija will be charged with trying to stop this six-game losing streak Thursday. Heíll have to do it against NL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole. If youíre going to this 7:10 start, get there early. Otherwise, you might find the Sox trying in vain to hit themselves back into it for nine full innings.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Weíre seriously starting to question the personnel running this thing. It could get worse before it gets better if something isnít done.

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