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Fielding Follies Sink Sox

August 15 vs Chicago Cubs

Sox Project Update:
Delayed until next year
Time to pick up all the dropped tools

Short Take:   Mistakes in the field gift wrap a win to the North Siders

Some early fielding gems and some sloppy Cubbie play gave Sox fans some early hope, but even sloppier Sox fielding in the later innings led to a 6-3 Sox loss. The top of the 2nd inning was a Saladino highlight reel, as the third baseman ranged far into foul territory to catch a pop up, fumbled and recovered on a wicked ground smash, and dove far to this right to snag a lineout. In the bottom of the 2nd, normally reliable Jake Arrieta hit Avi Garcia, wild pitched him to second, and threw a ground comebacker over the head of Rizzo. The Sox managed a single run to go ahead.

Jose Quintana retired the first 8 Cubs before back to back doubles tied the game in the top of the 3rd. After retiring the first two Cubs in the 5th, Quintana allowed a ground-rule double and a base hit to fall behind by a run. But a worse disaster befell the Sox in the top of the 6th, when Adam Eaton lost a Rizzo fly ball in the lights for a cheap double, and Soler singled to drive him in. Melky Cabrera airmailed the throw home over Tyler Flowers's head, but the damage was limited to the Sox down 3-1. In the bottom of the 6th, Sox back to back doubles by, of all people, Adam LaRoche and Alexei Ramirez closed the deficit to one run.

Things went sideways for the Sox in the 7th. Jake Petricka fell behind 2-0 on sub-.200-hitting David Ross, who then laced a single into left. After a sacrifice bunt and an infield single, Petricka was replaced. With runners on first and second, a comebacker to Zach Duke looked like a sure double play to end the inning. Alexei Ramirez recorded the force out, then skipped the relay throw past Jose Abreu. By the time the Sox recorded the third Cub out, the visitors had plated three more runs. A Saladino double and Abreu single finished the day's scoring in the bottom of the 7th, but it was not enough.

Losing to the North Siders in our own park is bad enough, but helping them win with all the mistakes makes it that much worse. The Sox try to salvage a season split with the Cubs tomorrow at 1:10 pm on WGN with Chris Sale on the hill. If ever our stopper needed to come up big, this is the game.

Rebuilding Recap:
  Good fielding is the firm foundation on which a winning baseball team stands. The Sox have much excavation and refilling to do.

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