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July 22 vs. St. Louis

Sox Project Update:
Destroyed foundation
All the work to this point was yanked out from beneath, causing violent collapse.

Short Take:   John Danks continues recent roll, but one bad inning after his departure undoes it all and the Cardinals sweep the two-gamer.

We've seen it far too often this season. Even though the White Sox have generally struggled, we've hoped they could turn in a quality game against good opponents. Some have happened, but we've also seen games where a positive outlook gets smashed back into cruel reality. Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals was one of those.

John Danks and Lance Lynn traded zeros for the first five innings. Both teams put threats together, but couldn't score. That changed in the sixth when Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera put back-to-back RBI singles together. That appeared to be all the support Danks needed.

Who could blame those who figured things would be just fine? Danks exited with two outs in the sixth and the shutout intact. With Jake Petricka stranding two runners, it meant Danks' third shutout performance in his last four. The good part of the bullpen was sure to preserve this series split, right?

Then, we remembered the 2015 White Sox are BAD. With one out in the eighth, Zach Duke served a single to Randal Grichuk and then, hit Matt Holliday. Duke struck out Jhonny Peralta, but on a 2-2 count, Tyler Flowers' glove got in the way of Jason Heyward's swing. Heyward was awarded first to load the bases.

With Yadier Molina due up in a clutch spot, Robin Ventura elected to send in David Robertson so his closer could take care of one baseball's best. Robertson got a 2-2 count, prompting the White Sox faithful to get on their feet and send good vibes for one final strike. Instead, Molina tripled down the line in right to score all three runs and send the large Cardinals contingent into a frenzy. It was just the fourth triple of Molina's career and his first since 2011.

The Sox mounted one final threat in the eighth when Abreu and Avisail Garcia singled to put runners at the corners with two outs. Enter Kevin Siegrist, who fanned Adam LaRoche on three pitches. We should have known better than to expect better from a DH who's hitting .148 with two RBIs in July. Trevor Rosenthal pitched a perfect ninth to put a stamp on this one.

For everyone's sake, let's hope this 1-5 homestand will convince the front office that changes have to be made quickly and often. Trading Jeff Samardzija is a start, but how about actually holding accountable employees who have allowed this to get out of hand or are just not good at their jobs? Sell high and do whatever can to change the culture around here, even if it means getting rid of someone you really like. Otherwise, games and stretches like the ones we've seen will continue.

The White Sox will hit the road for eight straight starting Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. Samardzija will make could be his last start for the Pale Hose. The hitters will have to deal with Trevor Bauer. If you're willing to go down with the ship, start watching at 6:10.

Rebuilding Recap:
 We can't support the effort anymore. Selling can't come soon enough.

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