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One Mistake All It Takes

August 19 at L.A. Angels of Anaheim

Sox Project Update:
Apathetic workers
Are these guys even trying anymore?

Short Take:   Just one bad pitch hurts Jeff Samardzija against the Angels, but it proves to be the difference.

Years from now, we'll look back on this season and laugh, maybe even hysterically. For now though, the present is making us all miserable. Wednesday's road game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wasn't even that bad. But a 1-0 loss is still a loss no matter how you slice it.

Jeff Samardzija was pitted against the soft-tossing, Sox-owning Jered Weaver. Don't let the final score fool you. It took poor clutch hitting by both teams to keep this game as low scoring as it was. Although Samardzija struck out seven over seven innings and Weaver fanned five in 6 1/3, they were tagged for eight and five hits respectively. Still, only a solo homer by Angels rookie catcher Carlos Perez could dent the scoreboard.

Let's recap all the big, yet wasted opportunities we saw. The Sox had runners on first and third with one out in the first and did nothing. The Angels loaded the bases with no outs one inning later, but Samardzija pulled an El Duque, stamped by a nice catch from Adam Eaton. Two frames later, the Halos pulled off a double steal to put runners in scoring position, but that didn't matter either.

Once the Angels had their run, only the Sox put themselves in a position to fail in the clutch. J.B. Shuck led off the seventh with a single, but was caught trying to steal second, which he would have made on Carlos Sanchez's single had he stayed where he was. Having runners on first and second with one out sure would have been nice. Then again, Tyler Flowers' groundout suggests nothing would have come of that.

Much of what has been wrong with this season was illustrated in the ninth. Melky Cabrera led off with a single, moved to second on Avisail Garcia's groundout and only then was lifted for Trayce Thompson. Shuck walked, but instead of Alexei Ramirez at the plate, Adam "Dunn" LaRoche came to the plate. In true fashion, LaRoche hit into a game-ending double play that wasn't ruled as such initially, but the replay review coming from Mike Scioscia's challenge confirmed that the Sox had indeed lost their fifth game in their last six.

It's hardly a surprise the Sox would let another winnable game slip away. More often than not, we've seen a group just not ready for the big time. For every reason this team should be in the playoffs, there's at least 10 why they shouldn't. Whether the front office didn't realize all the holes this team had last offseason or weren't able to fix them like they wanted may not be known, but the fruits of their labor are rotten.

The Sox will look to avoid a four-game sweep against the Angels Thursday in yet another 9:05 start. Jose Quintana has his latest chance to add to his win total, though we all know that's difficult for reasons that aren't his fault. Nick Tropeano gets a spot start for the Halos. At least that gives our Sox a chance, right?

Rebuilding Recap:
 We've been set so far back in progress, we might just have to restart from scratch.

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