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Shark Harpooned by Oakland

September 15 vs Oakland Athletics

Sox Project Update:
Major collapse
Not looking good, folks.

Short Take:  Samardzija stinks, Webb is woeful, and As make Sox fans beg for mercy rule in 17-6 drubbing

If you attended or watched this abomination of a Sox game and survived without clawing out your eyes, I salute you. What a crapfest of a game.

The Sox were 4-0 against the Oakland this season, and I thought this might not be a bad matchup for the Sox when I reviewed Athletics starter Aaron Brooks stats: a mediocre pitcher with a 7.44 era and a 1-3 record. And the Sox did manage to score 6 runs tonight, which is actually pretty good for this 2015 team. For many games this season, 6 runs might have secured the Sox a win.

But not if your pitching staff gives up nearly 3 times as many runs.

Sox starter Jeff Samardzija continued to un-impress us with complete suckage for a supposed number 2 starter. He was chased out early, and Samardzija's replacement, Daniel Webb, showed nothing other than that he apparently attended the same school of awfulness.

I was aggravated within 5 minutes of the 1st pitch, when Samardzija initiated his usual 1st inning B.S. Samardzija allowed Oakland to bat around and then some, giving up 3 doubles, 2 singles, and 2 walks. He couldn't find the strike zone, and when he did, he missed the location indicated by catcher Geovany Soto. The As put up a nice comfy 5-spot before the Sox even got to bat.

Athletics starter Brooks attempted to matched Shark's badness in the bottom of the 1st, giving up 2 runs on singles from Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera, and walking Alexei Ramirez and J.B. Shuck. But with bases loaded and 1 out, he got Mike Olt to ground into a double play.

In the 3rd, Samardzija gave up another run when he walked Josh Phegley and then Eric Sogard tripled, and it was 6-2 As.

And then a disastrous 4th inning blew the game wide open. Samardzija could not get an out in the 4th. He gave up a single to Marcus Semien followed by a dinger to Josh Reddick; another single to Mark Canha, and a double to Billy Butler…and just like that it was 9-2 Oakland, with no outs. The boos from the skimpy crowd at the Cell were quite loud. Despite having burned through the bullpen in last night's 14 inning win, Robin Ventura really had little choice but to pull Samardzija for Daniel Webb.

Webb fared no better. He promptly walked the first two hitters he faced to load the bases. After Sogard popped out, Jake Smolinski hit a grounder to third that Olt bobbled, then threw away, scoring 2 more runs and earning Olt 2 errors on the same play. Webb then gave up another single to Sam Fuld, and it was 12-2 As. Webb walked Fuld and then Reddick singled to bring in 2 more runs. Note this: Josh Reddick got 4 RBIs in two at bats in the same inning.

Holy crappy baseball, Soxman.

With the score 14-2, the bottom of the 4th continued on, and on, and on. Webb didn't get another out, and allowed yet another run. He was finally replaced by Zach Putnam, who induced a groundout, but also gave up another run. Some 35 minutes after the half inning began, 15 Athletics had come to the plate, 10 runs had scored, and it was 16-2 Oakland.

Putnam held the As scoreless in the 5th, but Nate Jones replaced him in the 6th and promptly gave up a solo homer to Marcus Semien.

The Sox weren't completely without offense against Brooks – it just was not enough to overcome their own pitchers falling on their swords. Adam Eaton singled in a run in the 4th. Melky Cabrera's 2-run homer in the 5th and Alexei Ramirez's solo HR in the 7th helped push the score to 17-6 in the top of the 8th, where it stayed for the rest of the game.

Sox reliever Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 7th; but given the score and last night's lengthy extra inning game, we were treated to position players pitching for the 8th and 9th:

  • Leury Garcia pitched a scoreless 8th, inducing a couple of groundouts, striking out Jason Pridie, and hitting one batter.
  • Alexei Ramirez made his major league pitching debut in the 9th inning and also held the As scoreless. His fastball hit 90 mph and he featured a 67 mph changeup.

The Sox face Oakland for the 3rd game of this 4-game set at the Cell tomorrow at 7:10 pm CST. Erik Johnson is scheduled to face Jesse Chavez.

Rebuilding Recap:
 Put a big "CONDEMNED" sign on it.

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