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Toothless Shark

August 29 vs. the Seattle Mariners

Sox Project Update:
Cracks In The Walls
After a long night of work, the walls were found to have gaps and cracks.

Short Take: Jeff Samardzija went 0-6 for August, losing to the Mariners 7-6 in a soggy, 4-hour contest on the South Side.

There are varieties of sharks. The great white usually comes to mind: when you think of a predator, you think of a great white, the star of Spielberg's heart-stopping movie.

Then there are varieties like the zebra shark. It looks sleek and dangerous but spends its time drifting near the bottom. A docile creature, it's not threatening to humans.

The White Sox have a shark sold to us with a reputation for predatory behavior when facing opposing hitters. But like the zebra shark, ours has lain docile near the bottom, offending no one except those of us expecting to see a predator. Jeff Samardzija was that docile zebra again tonight, giving up three runs by the time he recorded his first out on the way to a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Samardzija is 0-6 in August, or more specifically, 0-6 since the trade deadline. Those aren't predator numbers. They aren't even zebra numbers.

Samardzija gave up five runs, all earned, before he left in the sixth after 119 pitches. Seattle starter Hisahi Iwakuma looked tough for the first three innings but softened up enough to give up two runs on seven hits before he too came out in the sixth.

The South Siders had chances to score, and actually came back from 7-2 to 7-6 in the eighth inning. But they left 11 on base, and left the bases loaded twice with nothing to show for it. They picked up their first run in the fourth on three successive singles by Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia, and Adam LaRoche. Another run came in the sixth via a couple singles and a walk.

The big tease came in the eighth. After a couple singles and a walk, Adam Eaton walked to pick up a cheap RBI and make the score 7-3. Then Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu singled, scoring three more in the process to bring it up to 7-6. Just a couple more, guys, just a couple more...but Melky Cabrera grounded out to end the inning.

The Sox went down meekly in the ninth. Adam LaRoche drew a walk, but became number 11 in the long line of runners left on base. 7-6 is where it stayed, and after four hours and sixteen minutes the Sox fell to 60-68 in this tedious letdown of a season.

Sharks, indeed. Scientists have found that high carbon dioxide levels affect the behavior of fish, making them ineffective in their normal activity. Maybe Samardzija needs more oxygen. And some laughing gas for us.

Rebuilding Recap:
A lot more tuckpointing will be needed to fill the cracks in this project.

submitted by tebman.

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