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1st Inning Hole Too Deep to Escape

August 18 at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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This excavation will surely expose the earth's molten core, any day now

Short Take:  Sox offense can't overcome Garrett Richards and Angels' 3-run first inning off John Danks; Angels beat Sox 5-3

The good news: Unlike last night, at least we Sox fans were not treated to any silly pinch-hitting moves by our manager tonight, of the kind that might cause WSI to implode.

The bad news: The Sox have been so uninspiring this season that there probably aren't enough WSIers watching the Sox to make the board implode. Perhaps the effect would be more like a drop in the ocean, especially with these west coast games that start at 9 pm….zzzzzz…zzzzzzz…cough…HUH? What? No, that was NOT me snoring.

Anyway, this game was little different than many other games this season. Sox starter John Danks quickly dug a 1st inning hole that was just deep enough that the Sox offense could not quite dig out of it, as they were facing a good starter in Angels pitcher Garrett Richards.

Which was really too bad, because after the 1st inning, Danks settled in and gave up only 1 more run through 7 innings (and 1 additional run due to a Tyler Saladino fielding error).

In the 1st inning, after a promising 0-2 count to Shane Victorino, Danks plunked Victorino, and then saw his next pitch fly out of the ballpark courtesy of Kole Calhoun. Sox 3rd baseman Saladino helped Danks out by making a nice play on a Mike Trout screamer down the line. But Danks then served up a rolling curve ball to Albert Pujols for another long home run.

So for the umpteenth time this season, the Sox offense found themselves behind the 8-ball in the very 1st inning – in this case, down 3-0 to the Halos before even coming to bat. Nothing like a little pressure, eh, Sox hitters?

Most of the Sox lineup managed little against Richard's 96-97 mph fastball with movement and a good slider. The exception was Jose Abreu, who singled in the 1st and the 3rd – and both times was followed by Melky Cabrera grounding into a double play. I groaned. Twice.

But in the 6th inning, Jose got his 3rd hit of the game, a double to the left field wall, scoring Tyler Saladino to make it 4-2 Angels.

The Halos tacked on another run in the 7th, courtesy of that Saladino throwing error, although he made a nice snare of that grounder that was streaking into foul territory. But Saladino was a busy man over at the hot corner today, and made several tough plays. So I won't beat him up – at least not today.

Danks was lifted after pitching 7 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts – not a bad outing for him, just marred by the 1st inning.

In the top of the 8th, the Sox finally had an opportunity to make a game of it, but fell short. Sanchez and Flowers each singled to start the inning. Richards was lifted for Joe Smith, who induced grounders from Saladino, Adam Eaton, and Abreu. Fortunately, the Angels weren't able to turn the double play on any of the grounders. But the Sox only managed to scrape up 1 run from an inning that started with runners on 1st and 2nd and 0 outs. Yes, again.

Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 8th, and then Huston Street came in to close for the Angels. I don't know why I think he's like 60 years old. But even if he is, he still knows how to get guys out. Street set down Melky Cabrera, Avisail Garcia, and JB Shuck in order.

The Sox face the Angels in the game 3 of this 4-game series tomorrow at 9:05 pm CST. Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Jared Weaver.

Rebuilding Recap:
 zzzzzz....WHAT? Sorry, I dozed off again. Apparently, so did this project.

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