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Dozier Daze

June 28th, 2016 vs Minnesota Twins

Toon Squad Update:
Michigan J. Frog
Offense sometimes sings and dances...other times...*croak*

Short Take:   Sox offense slumbers, Dozier goes deep twice in 4-0 shutout loss.

In order to be taken seriously again as a contender, the White Sox need to finally get back over the .500 mark. A rare break in their tough schedule provided them a golden chance on Tuesday night to do just that against the last place Minnesota Twins. Coming into tonight, this was a team the Sox were 6W-0L against this season. However, the "great" Kyle Gibson and the Twins shutout the Sox at home 4-0.

Poor Jose Quintana took the mound for the Sox and performed pretty well with the exception of one batter that he couldn't retire. Brian Dozier was a one man wrecking crew for the Twins tonight. In the top of the 2nd inning, Dozier launched a high towering shot that cleared the fence in LF and landed so softly in the Sox bullpen that it looked like it barely kicked up dirt. The big blow against Quintana in this game came in the Top of the 6th. A runner at 3B, 2 outs, and Joe Mauer at the plate caused Robin to pitch around the former batting champion. This move ended up backfiring as Quintana rolled a curveball in the center of the plate and Dozier didn't miss much of it as it was blasted out to LF for a 3 run shot making it 4-0 Twins. However, 4-0 might as well have been 14-0 the way the Sox swung the bats.

I'm sure there will be some discussion about the pitch around to Mauer that lead to the Dozier 3 run HR but the story of this game is the White Sox offense going catatonic. Kyle Gibson is not a good pitcher but somehow, the Sox offense managed to make him look like a great one tonight. Gibson went 7 innings, struck out 7, and walked only 1. Sox hitters looked anxious and chased a lot of pitches well out of the zone. What few chances they had were squandered as the team stranded 8 runners and went 0 for 8 with RISP. Despite the recent series victories for the Sox, hitting with RISP has not been a strengh. They've really struggled in that department and have been scoring most of their runs via solo HR or manufactured runs.

All things considered, this was a stunning loss to me considering how well the team played against far superior teams. Kyle Gibson should not be shutting you out in your own yard. It seems like there is a brick wall around the .500 mark that the Sox have recent historic troubles busting their way through. The team is in the midst of a critical stretch of games leading up to the All Star Break that will make or break this season. The next 4 weeks will decide whether the Sox are buyers or sellers. Right now, they are hovering somewhere in between. Getting shutout by the last place Twins at home is not the way you wanted to get things started. They will need to find a way to grind out another series victory as they did against Toronto. The Sox will look to get even in the series tomorrow as James Shields takes the mound against Ricky Nolasco.

Game Notes-

-Melky Cabrera left the game late with wrist soreness. He is listed as "day to day"

-This was Kyle Gibson's first win of 2016

-Tim Anderson and Brett Lawrie each went 2 for 4. The other 7 hitters combined for 2 hits.

That's all folks:
 Just like Michigan J. Frog...sometimes we put on a show, other times we just sit there and croak. Tonight was the latter.

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