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May 4 vs. Boston


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Oscar the Grouch
We feel miserable watching Big Papi at a time everyone else seems to love him.

Short Take:   David Ortiz gives a taste of what he might have done unfairly way back when he drives in three runs in a White Sox loss.

If it sounds like I'm bitter in this recap, it's because I am. Until it's been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that David Ortiz didn't take steroids, I can't be happy for anything he does. That especially includes his large role in Wednesday's game. With his help largely, the Boston Red Sox defeated the White Sox 5-2.

Given how the White Sox have been pitching lately, one might have thought Jose Abreu's long homer in the first would be enough. But that and Jimmy Rollins' single that preceded it accounted for two of only three hits the team managed for the game. Was it a return to corpseball or just an indicator that the offense is still inconsistent at times? Either way, it wasn't what we were hoping for.

With Clay Buchholz on his way to a seven-inning, six strikeout start, Carlos Rodon had to be pretty close to perfect to win this game. But while striking out six in six innings, some mistakes did him in. Xander Bogaerts delivered an RBI single with two outs in the third to cut the Pale Hose lead in half. Two outs into the fifth, Rodon walked Bogaerts and then served up a homer to the aforementioned possible PED user. It proved to be all the offense Boston would need.

Zach Putnam relieved Rodon in the seventh and gave up back-to-back singles to Mookie Betts and Bogaerts. Robin Ventura brought in Zach Duke to face Ortiz, who hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Duke served up one more RBI single to Josh Rutledge, but the insurance didn't matter. Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel were ready to retire the home team quietly and greatly please the Red Sox Nation members who, according to Ed Farmer, outnumbered the White Sox faithful.

The White Sox are going to have games like this in what's looking like a promising year. In such contests, we'll be seeing such things as Rodon not living up to the standard Chris Sale and Jose Quintana have set so far. Those two are in their primes and Rodon is still waiting for his. There's a reason he's not ready to be near the top of a Major League rotation yet.

And while the offense is coming around, not every game will see it provide late-inning heroics. Sometimes, you run into a pitcher who's on his game and backed by a solid bullpen as well. The Red Sox look to be the real deal as well, so that's why it's important to rack up whatever wins you can, even if a sweep isn't in the cards. The bad teams won't do that well against them, so the key is to go .500 or a fraction better against those who are serious against winning.

I'll be present for Thursday's series finale. Erik Johnson gets the ball against Henry Owens starting at 7:10. The Sox are also planning to honor Ortiz before his final game in Chicago. Hopefully, this artificial slugger doesn't give people like me more fodder than he already is.

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That's all folks:
 If Ortiz came to my door, I would simply tell him to scram.


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