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Ruh-roh! Fifth Starter Still a Mystery

May 5 vs. Boston Red Sox

Toon Squad Update:
Scooby Doo
Zoinks! There's no mystery here - no pitching, no hitting, no winning

Short Take:  Erik Johnson, bullpen ineffective against the Red Sox; despite opportunities, our Sox struggle to cross the plate in a game thatís a little too reminiscent of the last few years

I may have gotten my wish Ė that I didnít ever want to write about a John Danks start again Ė after Danks was released by the White Sox earlier this week, but his replacement for this start wasnít any better. Erik Johnson (and the successive collection of Sox bullpen characters) couldnít hold down the Red Sox bats, and the Bad Sox beat our Good Sox 7-3, thus taking the 3-game series.

The Red Sox hit Johnson pretty hard, chasing him out after 5 innings and 108 pitches. He left the game with a 4-1 deficit, after giving up 8 hits, 4 ERs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts.

The Sox had their opportunities. In the 3rd inning, they loaded the bases after 3 free passes from Red Sox starter Henry Owens, but didnít score. In the bottom of the 5th and down 4-2, our Sox strung together enough hits to load the bases. Then catcher Hector Sanchezís 10-pitch at bat against Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree featured several hard foul-offs and a screaming liner down the right field line that was JUST foul. Sanchez continued to battle, and in the end drew a walk, scoring a run and bringing the White Sox to within 1. Austin Jackson followed with another lengthy at-bat, but he flied out to shallow right. Brett Lawrie tagged up and bolted for home, but was called out in a close play at the plate that brought Robin Ventura out to challenge the call. But it was upheld by the replay reviewers, and the inning ended with the Sox down 4-3.

This was followed by a rare occurrence when Matt Albers came in to pitch the top of the 6th, and gave up a solo homer to Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Red Sox widened the gap.

Dan Jennings struggled pitching the 7th and part of the 8th, giving up 4 walks, two of which scored in the 8th to give the Red Sox a 7-3 lead. Making his retirement tour this season, David Ortiz completed his last at-bat at US Cellular Field with a double to the right field corner and an RBI.

Our Sox offense just couldnít string anything together today, including late in the game when this season theyíve been kind of magical. No magic today - this game never felt like it would end well, and the 16 combined walks for both teams helped this game last past the 4-hour mark.

The Sox host the Twins tomorrow night at 7:10; Mat Latos faces Ricky Nolasco.

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