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Rough Road for Rodon

July 21 vs St. Louis Cardinals

Sox Project Update:
Identity crisis
According to the front office, we're "retooling"'s 3-year-plan...oh, I dunno, my head hurts. Take the rest of the season off.

Short Take:  In a 2015 turnabout, Sox scrape up 5 runs against Michael Wacha and the Cards, but the pitching can't hold up its end of the bargain; Sox lose 8-5

Hey, we knew this going into the game: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is a very good pitcher. Who would have guessed that the Sox offense would actually get to Wacha and score 5 runs? We fans have been bellyaching over the lack of run support for Sox pitchers all season – well, the Sox offense finally came through, but this time our starting pitching was ineffective. The Cardinals didn't have any trouble figuring out Carlos Rodon.

The Cardinals started the scoring in the 2nd inning. Adam Eaton made an ill-advised dive for a Jhonny Peralta sinking line drive. It got by Eaton and rolled all the way to the CF wall for a triple – and thank heavens it was Peralta, because for anyone with decent speed, that was an in-the-park homer. Rodon then walked Jason Heyward, and got Yadier Molina to strike out, but Matt Carpenter singled and quickly it was 1-0 Cardinals. Rodon then walked Mark Reynolds and with Heyward on 3rd, faced Stephen Piscotty in his first major league at-bat. Piscotty struck out swinging, but the ball bounced far away, scoring Heyward. However, the umpires ruled that the ball had hit Piscotty in the back foot. Yay – dead ball, and Heyward had to go back to 3rd. Rodon then got Kolten Wong to strike out and end the threat with only 1 run scored.

Wacha set down our Sox lineup in order for 3 innings. There were some very long silences on the TV broadcast when the Cards scored 2 more runs in the top of the 3rd, courtesy of a Molina single, and it was 3-0 Cards.

The wheels came completely off of Rodon in the 4th inning. He struggled with location, walking a hitter and plunking two more. Perhaps rattled, Rodon then served up a grand slam to Matt Holliday, and it was 7-0 Cards.

So, let's recap: It's not even halfway through the game; the Sox are losing 7-0; our starter is probably going to exit the game after having thrown 99 pitches in 4 innings; and up to that point, Cards starter Michael Wacha had a perfect game going against the White Sox.

You can guess that what was running through my mind wasn't very ladylike.

However, the Sox got something going in the 4th. Eaton battled for a long at-bat and finally drew a walk. Tyler Saladino broke up the no-hitter by singling. Jose Abreu came to the plate. He's been scuffling, and I just crossed my fingers and hoped he'd get hold of one. He did, sort of - a rocket of a one-hopper that bounced way over 1st baseman Mark Reynold's head, scoring Eaton from 2nd. Yay! A run! Then Melky Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to score Saladino. Yay! Another run! I was interested again. "If the Sox can keep this up, keep chipping away," I mused to myself, "Maybe..." But Avi Garcia and Adam LaRoche brought me back to reality by striking out. The Sox exited the inning down 7-2.

Rodon was done after 4 innings, 7 earned runs on 7 hits, 6 Ks and 3 walks. So in the 5th, Daniel Webb came in relief of Rodon and promptly gave up a solo HR to Reynolds. The Cardinals led 8-2 after 5 innings.

But a tiring Wacha proved to be human after all. Geovany Soto paid it forward with a solo HR in the 5th inning. And Tyler Saladino…where've ya been all my life? Saladino, who broke up the no-hitter in the 4th inning, followed later in the inning with his own 2-run homer. The Sox still trailed the Cards 8-5.

After giving up that dinger in the 5th, Daniel Webb pitched a scoreless 6th and 7th. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 8th. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless 9th.

Unfortunately for the Sox, the Cards relievers also pitched scoreless innings. Wacha was done after the 5th inning, and despite several mild threats, the Sox could not capitalize. In the 7th, two errors by the Cards on the same play saw the Sox with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one. But they were left stranded when Abreu hit a chopper that was snared by the pitcher and Melky struck out swinging.

In the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs and Carlos Sanchez on 1st, Tyler Saladino grounded to short and was initially called out, but replay review overturned the call. This left runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs for Jose Abreu, who grounded to 3rd to end the game.

How maddening is it that the Sox finally score 5 runs, but still can't get the win because the pitching staff gave up 8?

I've got to say some nice things about Tyler Saladino. Called up 8 games ago from Charlotte, he's shown some great fielding instincts and is now on a 7-game hitting streak, including today's 3/5 outing with 2 RBIs. Great to have some production from that position and to be able to count on some defense.

The Sox face the Cards for the 2nd and last game in this series tomorrow at 7:10 pm CST. John Danks is scheduled to face Lance Lynn.

Rebuilding Recap:
 That Carlos Rodon foundation? Still needs some work. However, the third base replacement player is lookin' pretty slick.

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