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Sale Does Not Have His Best, So You Can Guess the Rest

June 24 at Minnesota Twins

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Short Take:  Not-so-sharp Chris Sale allows 6 earned runs in 6-1 loss to Twins, but this team's sloppy defense and mostly absent offense are what sent this game right down the toilet

The Twins beat the Sox today 6-1 at Target Field. Although Chris Sale's pitching line shows that he allowed 6 earned runs, you better believe that a portion of this ugly loss falls on White Sox players who seem to have forgotten how to play the game.

I can't stand watching sloppy baseball, and I really hate that my beloved team in June is playing like the season is over already. Around the MLB, the word is out about the White Sox – just put the ball in play. Your odds of getting on base are pretty darn good.

Today, our ace Chris Sale was on the mound, and he was in pursuit of the MLB record of 6 consecutive games with 12 or more strikeouts. Unfortunately for Sale, 1) He didn't have his best stuff today and 2) He had the very worst of the 2015 White Sox on the field behind him.

The game started off in a promising fashion when Adam LaRoche hit a solo home run in the top of the 2nd, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. And Sale had 6 KS through 3 innings.

But the wheels started to come off in the 4th. The Twins tied the game when Brian Dozier doubled and advanced to 3rd on a Joe Mauer groundout. Torii Hunter followed up with ground-rule double to score Dozier. Sale then walked Trevor Plouffe and gave up a single through the middle to Eduardo Nunez. Because no one was covering 2nd base, Nunez turned it up and cruised into 2nd base, and the Twins took the lead 2-1 with runners on 2nd and 3rd. A sac fly by Kurt Suzuki scored Plouffe, and the Twins left the inning leading 3-1.

Sale pitched through 6.2 innings. He struck out 10 Twins hitters, but 3 more runs scored in the bottom of the 7th before he left the game losing 6-1. He was replaced by Daniel Webb, who got the last 4 outs without more damage, but 5 runs is way too much for this weak and inconsistent offense to overcome. After scoring 6 runs last night, today's Sox hitters surrendered to Twins starter Phil Hughes. The Sox scattered 6 hits over 8 full innings of Hughes pitching, and never really threatened.

In addition, the Sox defense continued on its quest to make us Sox fans look elsewhere this summer for entertainment. Physical and mental mistakes in the field, whether scored as errors or not, were glaring and embarrassing. Adam Eaton was charged with a fielding error that allowed an extra run to score. Eaton also hit a hard line drive that was dropped by the Twins shortstop. Eaton had stopped, thinking it was caught. He started for 1st again when he realized that the ball had been dropped, but he didn't run full out. The throw pulled the 1st baseman off the bag. Had Eaton run full out, he would have been safe; as it was, he allowed the fielder enough time to get back on the bag.

Alexei Ramirez made a sliding stop of a grounder, and then threw it away at 1st. Melky Cabrera made a great throw that would have cut down a Twins runner trying to get to 2nd on a deep single, but Carlos Sanchez dropped the throw. Gillapsie let a ball roll down the 3B line that eventually hit the bag and bounced away, and a runner at 2nd took 3rd.

Who could explain all this really bad baseball that we don't see from other teams? It's only a matter of time before the trades or the firings begin. I say, bring it on – I don't see any saving this season. They've given up already, and I suspect most of the fans have too.

The Sox boarded a plane for Detroit for a 4-game series. Game time tomorrow is 12:08 pm. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to face Alfredo Simon.

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