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No Sale in Motown

June 4th vs. the Detroit Tigers

Toon Squad Update:
Roger Rabbit
All arms and legs like the twitchy rabbit, Chris Sale is taken down by the big cats.

Short Take:Chris Sale proves again that he's human, unable to control the Tigers as the Sox lose 7-4 in drizzly Detroit.

Big news for the White Sox today: James Shields will join the pitching rotation. Shields came in a trade from the Padres in exchange for cash (naturally) and pitcher Erik Johnson and infielder Fernando Tatis. A nice deal for the Sox.

Small news for the White Sox today: they lost to the Tigers 7-4, unable to score enough runs to allow Chris Sale to get his 10th win.

Sale wasn't his usual lights-out self today. He gave up four of those runs on nine hits in 6-1/3 innings, with two walks and only two strikeouts. Guess he's human. But y'know, if your offense can score more than two runs you should be able to win a game.

This drops our squad to 29-27, a far cry from the high-flying first month when they were cruising in double digits above .500. Shields is welcome addition, to be sure, but the Sox need to score more runs and I don't think he hits much.

The Sox scored early. Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino led off with a singles, and Eaton scored on another hit by Todd Frazier. But the Tigers, as is their wont, came back in the bottom of the first to tie it 1-1. Eaton led off the third with a triple and scored on Saladino's groundout. That made it 2-1 for our faves, and with Sale pitching one would think it might be in the bag.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Sale just didn't have it, throwing 32 pitches in the first inning alone. In the sixth he gave up a two-run homer to J.D. Martinez to make it 3-2 for Motown cats. After giving up another run on a couple hits in the seventh, he was replaced by Matt Albers, he of the late inning footwork of a few nights ago. But big Matt couldn't tame the felines, giving up three more runs before being marched off in favor of Zach Duke.

A scary moment came in the seventh when callup left fielder Jason Coats collided with J.B. Shuck as both chased a fly ball. Coats made the catch and hung on to the ball, but had to come out. Avi Garcia went in for Coats. The sad irony is that this was Coats' first Major League game, and he gets knocked out of it by an injury.

The Sox made a too-little-too-late comeback in the ninth. Avi Garcia and Dioner Navarro singled, and Eaton came through again with a two-run double to bring it up to 7-4. Eaton does good work but he can't do it by himself.

It'll be good to see Shields in the rotation. Watching Sale today makes it clear how fragile success can be: if Sale has an off day, the whole tent seems to fall and the circus has to close. When that happens, the Tigers can roam freely, and that's not a pretty sight.

That's all folks:
Roger Rabbit couldn't close the deal by himself, and neither could Sale.

submitted by tebman.

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