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Garbage Sale

August 4 vs. Tampa Bay


Sox Project Update:
Crusty drywall
So much for that smooth material we had for awhile.

Short Take:   Chris Sale gets lit up again to continue the White Sox struggles with the Rays.

Remember when everything was going right a week ago? That was fun. Lately, watching White Sox baseball has reverted back to the miserable experience it's been for much of the year. Case in point, Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chris Sale, coming off a terrible outing in Boston, faced Chris Archer in what should have been a pitching matchup that saw them matching zeros. That fell apart quickly when Sale served a two-out, two-run homer to Logan Forsythe in the first. The Rays would keep that lead the rest of the way, but Tyler Saladino made it interesting with a solo shot in the third to cut it to 2-1. Thus, hope briefly showed its head.

But some outfielder named Mikie Mahtook made the deficit two again with a home run in the fifth. One inning later, Sale's nine-strikeout outing went completely south. I'll spare most of the details, but Sale was responsible for four of the five Rays runs in that frame. The worst sequence came when Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single with the bases loaded and Tyler Flowers fanned on the throw back to the plate, causing another run to score.

Daniel Webb would fare no better in relief. He started the seventh by serving back-to-back homers. The first was to ex-Indian Asdrubal Cabrera. The second also served as Richie Shaffer's first hit in the Majors. Mahtook almost made it three consecutive homers, but the ball luckily settled into Melky Cabrera's glove.

The White Sox put together some baserunners against Archer in the bottom of the seventh and squeaked a run across as Tyler Flowers grounded into a fielder's choice. Trayce Thompson got his first big league at-bat, but struck out on four pitches. That ended Archer's seven-strikeout, one-walk night. He watched the teams trade single runs in the ninth before celebrating his 10th win.

That once excellent pitching staff has looked very mortal for the last week. The rotation has gotten lit up and the bullpen can't seem to get the necessary outs when the game is close. The offense hasn't helped by being stuck in neutral for most of this difficult time. The numbers say the Sox are in the Wild Card race, but you couldn't tell by what we've seen since the last game at Fenway Park.

The embarrassment of going winless against the Rays for the season can be avoided Wednesday afternoon at 1:10. It will be up to Carlos Rodon to outduel Erasmo Ramirez for it to happen. Or if the bats on both sides are hot, maybe the bullpen can give us a lift. Either way, stop the bleeding now or staying pat at the deadline will look worse than it already does right now.

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 All that work we did last week has gone down the drain. We're now having second thoughts about seeing this project through to the end.


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