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Hero Takes A Fall

September 27 at New York Yankees


Sox Project Update:
Crawling From The Wreckage
Valiant effort goes down in a heap

Short Take:   No Sox offense, same results

In the waning days of the disappointing 2015 Sox season, some young players are trying to make their mark for next year. Right-handed pitcher Eric Johnson has is one player up for consideration. Johnson's effort today was heroic, but ultimately futile, as our Sox and their anemic offense went down to defeat 6-1 at the hands of the Yankees.

The Sox had some chances to put runs up early, but never delivered the timely hit. In the 1st, Jose Abreu singled with one out, and was promply erased from the base paths when Melky Cabrera grounded hard to the shortstop into a double play. Other Sox rallies would be killed in this fashion later in the game.

Johnson walked Jacoby Ellbury on four pitches to open the bottom of the 1st. The Sox defense then deserted young Eric, as Jose Abreu made two errors on consecutive balls grounded to first. Instead of being out of the inning, Johnson was facing bases loaded, no outs, and the Yankee cleanup hitter / RBI leader Brian McCann. McCann flied out deep to right to drive in the first Yankee run. But Johnson struck out Greg Bird and got some help from J.B. Shuck on a deep drive to right center by Dustin Ackley. Shuck ran a long way to catch what could have been a disastrous extra base hit. The Yankees led 1-0 on an unearned run.

Johnson was back in trouble in the bottom of the 3rd. Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled back to back. Sluggers Carlos Beltran and McCann followed with fly outs to left. Johnson hit Bird with a 1-2 pitch to load the bases, but again escaped with a pop-up to first by Ackley. In the 4th, Didi Gregorius led off with a double. A one-out walk to Brendan Ryan put two runners on, and a two-out wild pitch put them both in scoring position. Yet again, Johnson got off the hook by striking out Gardner looking.

The Sox finally put up some legitimate offense in the top of the 5th. Shuck and Mike Olt started the inning with singles. But Rob Brantly grounded into a 3-6-1 double play, and Carlos Sanchez grounded out to Yankee pitcher Luis Severino to end the threat. The bottom of the 5th was Johnson's only 1-2-3 inning, ending with strikeouts to McCann swinging and Bird looking. The Sox followed this up with some more offense in the top of the 6th. Adam Eaton walked with one out, and hustled to third on an Abreu single. But again, Cabrera grounded into a double play and killed the scoring chance.

Johnson finally ran out of gas in the 6th. Ackley led off with a home run. Slade Heathcott and Ryan each singled with one out. Ellsbury popped to third, and it looked like young Eric might escape again. But Gardner walked, and a passed ball brought in the third Yankee run. Beltran walked to load the bases again, and Zach Putnam came in to relieve. Putnam ended the Yankee inning by striking out McCann looking.

The lone White Sox run came in the 7th via a pinch hit homer by Avi Garcia. Putnam was not as effective in the bottom of the 7th. Bird led off with a double. After striking out Ackley and Gregorius, Zach walked Heathcott and gave up an infield single to pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez. Dan Jenkins came in to face Ellsbury and gave up an opposite field single, scoring the fourth Yankee run.

Ineffective pitching by Daniel Webb led to the final two Yankee runs. After a leadoff base hit by Beltran, Webb's poor pickoff throw allowed pinch runner Rico Noel to move all the way to third. Webb struck out McCann, but Bird singled to center to make the score 5-1. A double by defensive replacement Chase Headley and a walk to Gregorius loaded the bases, and Webb's day was done. Scott Caroll got Heathcott out on a sacrifice fly to center for the final Yankee run, and struck out defensive sub Rob Refsnyder. Down 6-1, the Sox went out 1-2-3 in the 9th.

The Sox get a much needed day off on Monday before the final home stand of the season. Jeff Samardzjia will face former Cincinnat Red Johnny Cueto on Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on WPWR My50 starting at 7:10 pm.

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