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Shields Provides None

June 8 vs. Washington

Toon Squad Update:
Mr. Bill
One calamity after another is hitting this team with no remorse from anyone.

Short Take:   The latest White Sox acquisition completely fails to do his job, setting up a laugher for the Nationals.

Things seemed to go well in the early moments of Wednesday's game with the Washington Nationals. I got Todd Frazier's autograph and was the usual social butterfly he is. James Shields, in his first White Sox start since being acquired from San Diego, struck out Ben Revere to lead it off. But that's where the fun stopped in an 11-4 shellacking that dropped the Sox to below .500 for the first time this season.

It began with a one-out walk to Jayson Werth and bunt single by Bryce Harper. Daniel Murphy drove in the first run on a single and Harper scored on a groundout by Wilson Ramos. Ryan Zimmerman then hit a two-run bomb to left center, making it 4-0. This was all in the first inning, which Max Scherzer only needed nine pitches to get through in what was the first of seven shutout innings.

Washington wasn't content with one inning of good offense. To lead off the second, Stephen Drew and Danny Espinosa both hit home runs after working the count full. The Nationals followed up by stranding the bases loaded, but not before bringing Shields' pitch count to 79. Shields served up a leadoff single in the third to Anthony Rendon, who would later score on a Revere single, and that caused Robin Ventura to remove the starter, ending one of the worst White Sox debuts in recent memory.

Werth hit a three-run homer in the eighth, but by then, it was a mere footnote to a game in which absolutely nothing went the Sox's way. They burned through their bullpen to the point where former Ohio State pitcher J.B. Shuck had to take the mound for the ninth. All he got out of that was a 9.00 ERA thanks to the Nationals' 11th run that he gave up. The offense came alive and scored four runs while batting around in the ninth, but it didn't nearly make up for the quietness it displayed for the eight innings prior to that.

In almost 20 years of attending Sox games, I can honestly say that was the worst home contest I ever saw (a 13-2 road loss to the Twins last year was the worst, period). And it came at a time when one or more aspect of the team fails daily with the one thing in common being that they usually lose. To go from a month of playoff dreams to complete ineptitude is so sad and yet, so spectacular. Not many teams can do a 180 like this in such a short period of time, but somehow, the Sox have.

If you absolutely must see the Sox try to avoid a second straight sweep, you can Thursday. Miguel Gonzalez will get the ball against Gio Gonzalez, a former Sox prospect who's certainly made his former bosses regret trading him twice with the career he's had. He's in line to make it hurt more the way things are going. Game time is 7:10.

That's all folks:
 When the universe constantly sets you up for bad things to happen, all you can do is take, take, take.

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