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The Shuck and Leury Show

October 3 vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Project Update:
Substantial Delays
Despite great progress today, this project is going to take at least another year.

Short Take:J.B. Shuck and Leury Garcia got two big RBIs in the ninth to take the Tigers 4-3 on a windy South Side night.

Ahh, it's games like this that remind me why I love baseball. The Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 with a dramatic two-run ninth driven by pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck and pinch-runner Leury Garcia. This was the final Saturday game of 2015, and frankly, with the nice win after this season, it's a relief.

Erik Johnson started for the Sox and didn't do badly, giving up two runs in 6-1/3 innings. His opponent, Justin Verlander, who's still tough, collected nine strikeouts in six innings of work while giving up two runs of his own.

Our guys got their first run right away in the bottom of the first on Melky Cabrera's RBI double that drove in Adam Eaton, who'd gotten on with a leadoff single and a stolen base. Verlander was throwing a lot of pitches and wasn't fooling anybody in the first. The Sox bats were pretty quiet after that.

In the top of the sixth, Johnson walked Tyler Collins then gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera to put the Motown bottom-dwellers on top 2-1. The Bridgeport Boys came back in the bottom of the sixth with a run on Alexei Ramirez's RBI double to tie it 2-2.

That was it until the ninth. With Dan Jennings pitching, Rajai Davis got a leadoff walk. A sacrifice bunt and an RBI double later, Davis scored to put the Tigers up 3-2. Nuts.

But there's more...Avi Garcia led off with a walk in the Sox' ninth. After a botched bunt attempt by Tyler Saladino (Does anybody know how to bunt? Geez!), J.B. Shuck doubled deep in the right-field corner to score Garcia and tie the game. The Kitties thought they had it figured out, intentionally walking Jose Abreu to get to September callup Leury Garcia. But Leury had his own plans, singling to left to score Shuck and win the game in misty-movie fashion. I never get tired of seeing the mob scene after a walkoff hit. It was a fun night.

But it'll be over tomorrow. We say goodbye to 2015 and the soggy autumn balloon that was full of springtime expectation. Mark Parent's gone, Harold Baines is leaving the bench, and there are sure to be more changes before we reconvene next April. New scoreboards too, they say. I just hope the team gives us numbers we want to read on those bright new displays.

It's too bad how this year worked out. I was at SoxFest in January and the excitement was palpable. I saw Rick Hahn in the Hilton's lobby as I and number of others got off elevators: handshakes and congratulations all around for a job well done. He'd gotten Robertson, Cabrera, Samardzija, and LaRoche to plug leaks in the lineup. He'd gotten rid of Belisario, DeAza, Viciedo, and Dunn. He shored up the bullpen and drafted Carlos Rodon. He hired Vince Coleman as a baserunning coach. How could we not be excited?

Then they played the games. Samardzija was ineffective. LaRoche couldn't hit. Cabrera couldn't hit. Alexei Ramirez played as if he hadn't slept well. Adam Eaton couldn't get on base. Conor Gillaspie's earlier hot bat grew cold enough to be DFAed. Nobody could score for Jose Quintana. And Tyler Flowers...well, he's still here.

But Chris Sale and Jose Abreu were still here, too, and that offered some respite from the team's deflation. Surely they'll pick it up in May, we said. In May we began to grumble. In June we we started talking about the trade deadline: who's gonna go and who are they gonna get? July came and went -- Samardzija was still here and a new catcher and third baseman were not.

August was a dreadful slog and September became a short-timer's exercise of crossing dates off the calendar. The dream of a second wild-card spot was just that, a dream. You can't hit what you can't see, and you can't win when you can't play.

Now I get to write the year's last Saturday TBGR and try to think of next year. But, oh, there has been news: Hahn says Robin Ventura will be back, though Mark Parent will not -- kind of like replacing your tires when the transmission is falling out. And USCF will be getting new video screens so that we can count LaRoche's whiskers in HD.

But, sap that I am, I'll be back next year. I've often said that being a sports fan is like having a brother: there are times you share an emotional peak so high that it brings you to tears, and there are times when you're driven to distraction by a stupid thing the other has done. But in the end he's still your brother and you keep going back.

I grew up with these guys and I'm just as foolish as they are. The end is probably a relief for them, too.

Rebuilding Recap:
Construction season is nearly over and this project has a long way to go. Review those blueprints!

submitted by tebman

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