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Down to the Bottom

August 26 vs. Boston


Sox Project Update:
Back to digging holes
Yo guys. We’re supposed to build up, not down.

Short Take:   No run support for Chris Sale means the Red Sox take the series and the White Sox fall to last in the Central.

I was at Tuesday’s game and thus, fortunate enough to see arguably the best game of Trayce Thompson’s young career. So Robin Ventura rewarded his rookie outfielder – by sitting him for Wednesday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox. To Adam LaRoche’s credit, he did double to lead off an inning. But you’d think Thompson would have at least given Chris Sale a better chance at run support in this 3-0 loss.

More on that in a bit, but poor Sale was Quintana’d in this start. Over seven shutout innings, he fanned seven on 119 pitches. That pushed his season total to a career-high 229 strikeouts. Sadly, his offense couldn’t give him the run he needed and he was forced to settle for a no-decision.

The last time Rick Porcello took the mound, it was against our Sox almost a month ago and he got lit up. Maybe we didn’t expect that to repeat itself exactly, but we would have settled for him being knocked around. Instead, he either found some fresh-off-the DL magic or the guys he was facing felt as cool as the night’s weather. Either way, he threw seven shutout frames of his own and somehow earned his sixth win.

Or maybe we can put “somehow” another way. Melky Cabrera’s 2-out double in the fourth was stranded. One inning later, LaRoche’s aforementioned double set up runners at the corners with one out, but nothing happened. Yet another inning later, runners in scoring position stayed where they were after, you guessed it, LaRoche flew out.

With Sale stretched as far as possible, Nate Jones had to enter a scoreless game in the eighth. He gave up a one-out single to Xander Bogaerts and two batters later, his perfect ERA went bye-bye when Red Sox rookie Travis Shaw lined a two-run homer to right. We would have rather that happened to Jones under different circumstances, but the baseball fates don’t give anyone special treatment.

In the ninth, Zach Putnam somehow gave the Red Sox insurance without giving up a hit. He walked Blake Swihart to start the inning and threw a wild pitch to move him to second. Swihart moved to third on a Jackie Bradley Jr. groundout and scored on Josh Rutledge’s sacrifice fly. The White Sox would go down without scoring in the bottom half.

The loss drops our club to sole possession of last in the Central. In late August, while fans on the other side of town have visions of the playoffs dancing in their heads, we’re left to wonder what has gone wrong in this tumultuous season. Bad offense and bad managing are two of the main reasons the White Sox sit where they are and we saw both on display in this one. If the death knell hasn’t rung yet on the South Side, it’s getting pretty close to doing so.

The White Sox open a four-game set with the Seattle Mariners at home Thursday. They’ll do so while wearing the collared uniforms the South Side Hitmen wore. Carlos Rodon will take the hill against Roenis Elias. Anyone who still has a heart to watch can tune in at 7:10.

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