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Ho hum... Another 1-0 Win...

July 10 at flubbies

Sox Project Update:
Installed extra security measures
The last 10 days or so the project has been making some solid progress

Short Take:   Stunning defense and lockdown bullpen work lifts the Sox to another low scoring win.

The Sox pitching has been on fire the last week or so and today was no different. Well it was a little different because Carlos Rodon wasn't as sharp as his 6.0 IP 2 H line implies. See along the way he gave up 6 walks and there were a couple of times he found himself in a jam. But when that happened, the defense showed up big time turning 5 (FIVE!) double plays along the way to a 1-0 victory and another fun filled afternoon at the ball park.

The Sox didn't give up many hits on Friday, in fact they only gave up 3. Unfortunately they also walked 7. The flubbies also hit a lot of sharp liners and hard grounders and this game could have turned out very differently if not for some stunning defensive work and a little luck. Along the way the Sox turned five double plays and the first four of them ended the first four innings of the game. It wasn't your usual assortment of 6-4-3 routine plays either. There was a diving stop, backhand flip of a hard grounder by Ramirez in the 2nd. There was a tag-out at second on a breaking base-runner on a ball hit up the middle followed by a peg to first in the 7th. There was a strike 'em out throw 'em out to end the 4th. Of course the crown jewel of the afternoon was a diving grab by Avisail Garcia on a sinking liner in the 3rd with men on 1st and 2nd and one away. Garcia grabbed the ball cleanly, but bobbled it taking it out of his mitt as he tried to jump up and throw. He finally got control of the ball and threw wildly to first as the runner got back. The ball went past Abreu and bounced off the fencing in front of the Sox dugout. Tyler Flowers backing up the play fielded it and threw to second where a frantically waving Ramirez received the ball and stepped on second to double off the flubbie runner who was still standing on third for some unknown reason. Naturally the flubbies appealed but the replay clearly confirmed that the catch was valid and the ensuing out at second would stand.

Meanwhile the Sox offensive woes continued as they only managed five hits on the afternoon themselves. Not surprisingly none of those hits had anything to do with the single run they scored. In fact they only managed to get 2-men on base in the same inning a single time and that threat ended meekly with a fly-out and ground-out They only struck out five times and only hit into a single double play but didn't take a walk all day. The run they did manage to score was a classic example of manufacturing a run. In the 8th inning of a scoreless game, Emilio Boifaciao pinch hit for reliever Jake Petricka and managed to get hit by a pitch. He then stole second was sacrificed to third and came home on a medium fly-ball by another pinch hitter, JB Shuck.

After that it was time to bring in Zach Duke who struck out the side in the 8th sandwiched around the third walk of the day to #9 hitter Addison Russell. Then it was David Robertson time and he came on to face the meat of the flubbie batting order. Robertson promptly struck out Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler before giving up a wicked smash to pinch hitter Chris Coghlan that seemed destined to keep the game going, but one more time the Sox defense rose to the occasion as Carlos Sanchez dove hard to his right and snagged the ball mere inches off the ground to end the inning and the game.

Whew... I feel wrung out just writing about all that defensive fire power and honestly a few bounces go the other way and the Sox could have lost this one, but today was their day and they got it done. Tomorrow is going to be an epic pitching match-up as Chris Sale faces off against Jon Lester. After today's game it will be interesting to see if either team can score in regulation or if this game is destined for a 0-0 start to the 10th inning. Game time is 3:05 in Chicago. Hopefully the Sox can bring their gloves again and hopefully Chris Sale makes them useless and returns to his happy strikeout ways.

Rebuilding Recap:
 With defense and pitching like that, the rebuilding might be done on time.

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