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Kittens shred Sox!

June 3rd at Detroit

Toon Squad Update:
Watched Tigger go bouncing by and just kind of sighed.

Short Take: "Meh" pitching and cold bats are a recipe for losing.

It was a highly unmemorable performance from our southside heroes tonight. Not much to see here, move along, move along. The bats returned to their mostly dormant ways and Carlos Rodon was just average. His performance did not qualify as a "quality start" and he gave up too many well hit baseballs. Robin then went to the back of the bullpen down two runs in the 7th only to watch the Kittens bust the game open against those also-rans and the Sox went on to lose 10-3.

The game got off to a bad start with the announcement that the Sox most reliable hitter, Melky Cabrera, had been put on emergency family leave. With Austin Jackson out this left the Sox extremely thin in the outfield. JB Shuck started again in center - more on that later - and Avisail Garcia started in left. Honestly I would have thought they'd have gone with Shuck in left, Eaton in center and Garcia in right, but what do I know? As mentioned above, Rodon wasn't horrible, but he wasn't great either. After the Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second on three consecutive 2-out singles Carlos then promptly gave it right back with interest. After allowing a weak infield single to lead off the second Rodon induced a double play. YAY! Unfortunately he then gave up a no doubt about it homer, and a ripped double followed by a run-scoring single to give the Kittens the lead. He went on to compound the problem in the third yielding another long ball and increase said lead to 3-1. After that Rodon settled down a bit and the next two innings passed uneventfully. Then in the 6th Detroit ended up with men at 1st and third and two away. Rodon induced a high popup to center which JB Shuck initially took a step back on before breaking in. His last second sliding, diving flop came up short and the fourth run crossed the plate. Lawrie managed to grab the wayward baseball and make a nice throw to the plate to get the runner trying to score from first but the extra run had already scored.

As I mentioned above Sox bats didn't do much. Avila and Abreu managed to drive doubles into the rightfield gap but the other four meager hits were all singles and they only had 3 walks. They did manage a brief lead in the second but with Melky gone and Jackson still out the team didn't have any continuity. Jimmy freaking Rollins was the DH with Saladino starting again at short. Both of them went hitless though Rollins managed to work a walk and later score a meaningless run in the 9th. The lone bright spot was Abreu who managed two hits including a double that was absolutely crushed to the wall to drive in Frazier all the way from first. That made the score 3-2 in the 6th but Abreu was left stranded and that was the last sign of life the Sox showed.

After Rodon gave up the 4th run and then finished the 6th he was pulled and Robin decided to give the recalled Tommy Kahnle another chance to bloat his ERA and bloat it he did yielding 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Honestly it could have been a lot worse. I guess Robin agreed because then with the Sox still in theoretical striking distance he went to Matt Purke. Purke promptly rolled over and begged the Kittens not to hurt him. The Kittens did not comply with that request and when the smoke had settled in the 8th 4 more runs had crossed the plate on 3 hits and 3 walks.

Well tomorrow is another day as they say and hopefully the Sox will return to a living breathing ball club at that time. With Chris Sale on the mound there is reason to be optimistic. Hopefully the bats can wake up and give him a chance at the win. Game time is at 3:10 Chicago time and that's the right time to get back on the winning track.

That's all folks:
 Shoutout to Melky. Hope whatever your family issue is resolves soon and favorably.

submitted by voodoochile.

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