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Just Short of a Sweep

August 23 at Seattle Mariners

Sox Project Update:
Measure Twice, Cut Once
You can't complete a project if you come up just short

Short Take:   Sox fail to climb out of deep Danks hole

After winning the first two games of the serires, the Sox were looking to sweep the hapless Seattle Mariners. Inconsistent John Danks was not up to the task, as the Sox fell 8-6 in the series finale. Danks has been impossible to predict in the 2015 season. Over his last nine starts, Danks has been just as likely to give up no runs as he is to give up six or seven. Today, the bad John Danks took the mound and suffered the inevitable loss.

The Sox got on the board first through the efforts of the most unlikely players. In the top of the 2nd, Adam LaRoche awoke from his year-long slumber to deliver a one out double. Alexei Ramirez ripped a single to center on the very next pitch, and the Sox led 1-0.

Meanwhile, John Danks breezed through the first two innings, facing the minimum number of batters. But in the bottom of the 3rd, the roof caved in. Seattle sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs, as Danks left pitch after pitch up over the plate. The Mariners might have made things even worse. Robinson Cano helped the Sox by running into the third out at third base on a run scoring single to right by hot-hitting Franklin Gutierrez.

The Mariners extended their lead with three more runs in the bottom of the 5th. Danks walked sub-.100 hitting Jesus Sucre, who had singled in the first Seattle run in the 3rd. Ketel Marte forced Sucre at second, but promptly stole. Austin Jackson singled and Cano homered, and the Sox were looking down a 7-1 deficit. At this point things looked pretty hopeless for our South Siders.

Then in the top of the 6th, the Sox finally showed some fight. With one out Adam Eaton singled, and scored when Tyler Saladino doubled on a 2-0 pitch from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker. Walker again fell behind Jose Abreu, who took advantage and homered to center. Still the Sox weren't done. With two out, Avi Garcia singled to center, chasing Walker, and getting into the struggling Seattle bullpen. Relief pitcher Logan Kensing gave up a home run to Adam LaRoche (!!) and the Sox were down only one run. Sadly, that's the last run they would score today. The normally crappy Mariners relief staff shut the Sox down for three more innings, and Jake Petricka gave up an 8th inning insurance run, snapping the Sox win streak at 3.

This game has typified the Sox in 2015; building up hope, only to fall short. Scoring enough runs to win, but giving up more. Following up heroic performances with crushing disappointments. The Sox have been yanking their fans in all directions this year, and it's been a bumpy, crazy ride.

The Sox come home for three games against the Boston Red Sox, and four against these same Mariners. Monday night's 7:10 pm start features Jeff Samardzjia against Joe Kelly on Comcast Sports Net.

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