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Home Wrecked

May 25th, 2016 vs Cleveland Indians

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Short Take:  Sox Drop Finale 4-3 to the Tribe in Frustrating Homestand

Entering the finale of an anemic 10 game homestand, the Sox were looking for a split against the 2nd place Indians. Unfortunately for the Sox, it was former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber standing in their way. Jose Quintana would keep his team in the game but the Sox would once again would do just enough to lose, dropping this one 4-3.

The Tribe got on the board first in this contest from an unlikely source in the Top of the 2nd inning. After a base hit and a hit batsman, it was left handed hitter Lonnie Chisenall who cleared the bases with a triple that was just out of the reach of Adam Eaton making it 2-0. The reason this was so surprising is that Chisenhall only had 1 lousy hit against lefties entering this game and Quintana is a pretty tough lefty to face. However, this is how things have been going for the Sox lately. The Indians would add another run in the 3rd with an RBI sac fly from old friend Juan Uribe making it 3-0 Tribe and the game started to have a familiar feel to many of the other frustrating games during this awful homestand.

Jose Quintana would settle down and turn in another solid outing after the initial damage by the Tribe. While not being up to his usual excellence and efficiency, he still turned in a quality start giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. It was just the usual Quintana bad luck of having almost no run support that hurt. After providing Jose with offense to start the year, the Sox are back to their old tricks leaving Quintana to walk the tight rope and keep his team in a ballgame when they aren't scoring.

The Sox would finally dent the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th inning without the need of an RBI. Todd Frazier lead the inning off with a walk from Kluber. Frazier would attempt a steal and Yan Gomes made one of the worst throwing attampts you will ever see a catcher make. It was an arcing slow rainbow that bounced softly into shallow CF. Indians CF Rajai Davis overran the ball when he was trying to retrieve it and Frazier hit the afterburners scoring all the way from 1B. After watching Davis burn us offensively this series and hot dog it on routine plays, it was satisfying to watch him bumble this one. The Indians defense was porous during this entire series. The Sox offense just hasn't been as opportunitic as they were earlier in the season.

A very costly "tack-on" run would be allowed to score on a triple from Yan Gomes that was just under the glove of Todd Frazier. There is a reason Dan Jennings shouldn't be trusted in close games and this is exactly why. When your offense is sputtering, you can ill afford to allow a run like this to score late in the game when you are still within striking distance. The reason this run proved so costly is that Melky Cabrera blasted a 2 run HR to deep RF in the bottom of the inning making it 4-3. This is as close as the Sox would get in this one because Cody Allen locked down the save in the 9th.

This was another frustrating 1 run loss in a miserable 3W-7L homestand that was chock full of them. For the first 5 weeks of the season, the Sox rested on timely hitting, good pitching, and good defense to stake their AL Central lead. However, the timely hitting vanished on this homestand and it couldn't have happened at a worse time with AL Central opponents like KC and Cleveland in town. Some silver linings to take is that somehow, the Sox are still clinging to a slim division lead. Despite losing this series, I wasn't exactly overwhelmed with the Indians. The Sox hit terribly, Sale had his worst outing of the year, and they still managed to almost split the series. Also, Jose Abreu is starting to heat things up the last couple games. It was a great thing to see him barreling up the baseball after scuffling so much in the early part of the homestand. In addition to that, the Sox might have found something in young Tyler Kahnle. He throws in the high 90s like Nate Jones and appears to not be afraid to pitch at the big league level. It might be that the Sox have filled a hole in their bullpen from within. Time will tell there. They simply have to get the bats going again to right this ship.

The road had been kind to the Sox earlier in the year and they are going to need to make things happen there again if they are going to turn around their fortunes. It starts tomorrow night in KC with Miguel Gonzalez taking the bump for the Sox against Danny Duffy of the Royals at Kaufmann Stadium.

Game Notes-

-Jose Abreu went 3 for 4.

-The Sox left 7 men on base today.

-Quintana went 6 innings, gave up 3ER, and had 8Ks.

That's all folks:
 A Homestand to Forget.

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