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Trayce Giveth, Trayce Taketh Away

September 9 vs. Cleveland

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Short Take:   Jeff Samardzija is bad again, but a Trayce Thompson error proves to be the difference against the Indians.

It's been a memorable year for Trayce Thompson. After his brother Klay won an NBA championship, he got the call to the Show and performed admirably in whatever time he got. He's likely not the next Jermaine Dye though. I and everyone else at U.S. Cellular Field Wednesday learned this the hard way as the White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-4.

Before talking about the rookie though, let's pile on the easy target known as Jeff Samardzija. Over 6 2/3 innings, he didn't give those of us in the Shark Cage a whole lot to be excited about. Fransisco Lindor tripled in the first and came home on an RBI groundout. Roberto Perez and Jason Kipnis hit back-to-back doubles in the third. The fifth saw Samardzija serve up solo shots to Jose Ramirez and Lindor, causing us to wonder where exactly it all went wrong for him this season.

The Sox did their best to clean up Samardzija's mess against Josh Tomlin, starting with Thompson's solo homer in the second. The Sox got back-to-back dingers in the sixth from Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu, the latter's ball being caught in the Sox bullpen by Rob Brantly, who celebrated like he'd just captured the Holy Grail. That brought the score to 4-3 Indians.

With one out in the eighth, the Indians put runners on first and second. Chris Johnson then had what appeared to be a routine base hit toward Thompson load the bases. Thompson had made a nice diving catch to end the third, so there wasn't much doubt that he could field this one cleanly. Instead, he whipped on the ball and both runners came in to score two big insurance runs for the Tribe.

Thompson tried to make up for his first big-league error with an RBI single in the ninth. Suddenly, the Sox had the tying run at the plate. Tribe closer Cody Allen didn't let his struggle out of the bullpen get to him though. He retired each of the next three hitters to give the Indians the series win.

We could point fingers at Thompson, but instead, we'll point at his teammates for even putting him in that position. Granted, Tomlin has been dominant since coming off the disabled list, but the lineup didn't successfully adjust his offspeed stuff until it was a 4-1 deficit. And Samardzija continues to be ineffective to the point we'll be glad to see him elsewhere next year. In short, a bunch of old issues did the Sox in here, just as they have all season.

The Sox and us fans will get a break from this garbage Thursday before we possibly have endure more of it Friday against the Minnesota Twins. Erik Johnson will get his second start of the season against Ervin Santana at 7:10. It'll sure be nice to watch a team actually contending for the postseason. Unfortunately, that team is not the Sox.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Since Thompson is young, we'll give him time to fix himself. Samardzija? He's fresh out of chances.

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