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Hurt in Different Places

May 11 at Texas

Toon Squad Update:
The Rich Texan
Why not? His team took two of three from ours.

Short Take:   A third straight bullpen cough up in Texas leads to a second straight loss.

They say everything's bigger in Texas, but does bullpen futility really have to be included? For the third straight game, the White Sox held the lead against the Texas Rangers only to see their relievers give it up. While it wasn't quite the epic collapse we saw Tuesday, Wednesday's 6-5 defeat felt just as awful.

Mat Latos facing Cole Hamels should have meant an ace against a pitcher trying to prove his 5-0 record is no fluke. Instead, neither had quality stuff and both offenses were happy to take advantage. The Sox struck first on Austin Jackson's RBI single in the top of the third and the Rangers scored a pair in the bottom thanks to Ian Desmond's RBI single and Nomar Mazara's sacrifice fly. Todd Frazier homered to lead off the next inning, which was followed by a Melky Cabrera single and Brett Lawrie homer, putting the Sox up 4-2.

While the bottom of the fourth featured no Rangers scoring, Sox fans suddenly tensed up when Frazier dove into the stands for a foul ball and immediately ran off the field with his face in his glove. Hawk Harrelson was so concerned about the cleanup hitter, he actually left the broadcast booth to check on him. When Hawk returned, he reported Frazier's teeth went through his lip, but otherwise seemed okay. Frazier received five stiches for a lip laceration and was listed as day-to-day, so be happy it wasn't a broken jaw or something.

Don't be happy with what followed though. Prince Fielder drove in the tying run on a two-RBI double in the fifth that qualified as a Kansas City Special in Hawk's book. The Sox did get a run back in the top of the sixth on Tyler Saladino's RBI single, which chased Hamels from the game. With one on and one out in the bottom half, Latos was replaced by Dan Jennings, who got the second out and then gave up the tying RBI single to Desmond, the newest Sox killer, on a 2-2 count. Jennings then served up two more singles to Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre, the latter on an 0-2 count, which gave the Rangers the lead with what became the final score.

The Sox had chances to tie it in each of the final three innings. First, Jose Abreu led off with a single and got to third before Lawrie struck out to end the frame. Next, they staged a two-out rally with a Saladino single and Adam Eaton walk, but Jackson was caught looking on a full count in a rare poor at-bat for him. Finally, Sam Dyson hit Abreu on the first pitch of the ninth, which didn't matter after he struck out Frazier substitute Carlos Sanchez and Bobby Wilson threw out Abreu trying to swipe second.

For the second time in three series, the Sox have dropped the last two games after taking the first one. While Boston and Texas are both good teams, that shouldn't mean the Sox can't stack up against them. The offense, especially in the last six games, has shown it can bang it out with the best and can bail out a tired pitching staff if it has to. Sooner or later, the staff is going to have to at least approach the same time zone it was in for the first month, but with an off day coming up, it should give everyone a chance to clear their heads and realize they have the stuff to hold Major League lineups in check.

The season continues in the Bronx Friday as the Sox are hosted by the New York Yankees, who are currently resting at the bottom of the East. Hopefully, this means the Sox can partake in a second straight weekend of bottom feeding after sweeping Minnesota during the last one. Chris Sale dueling with Luis Severino means a good chance to start well. And maybe pitching against some struggling bats will empower the other pitchers to regain confidence.

That's all folks:
 Someone greased the balls with some sort of Acme product and unfortunately, Sox pitching fell victim to its effects.

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