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Listless and Lifeless in Houston...

July 1st at Houston


Toon Squad Update:
Charlie Brown
Matt Davidson, 'nuff said.

Short Take: Few hits, no runs and late inning pitching issues. The 2016 Sox in a nutshell.

There are times in every season the weight of it all starts to land on you. Tonight's game kind of felt like one of those moments. Another rookie off to a good start goes down, Melky Cabrera is still out. The Sox offense manages exactly nothing and the pitchers couldn't hold the Astros to -1 runs so of course the Sox lost 5-0.

Not a lot to say about this game. Miguel Gonzalez was solid for 6.1 innings. It should have actually been 6.2, but Tyler Saladino rushed a throw to first on the opening batter of the 7th inning and one out later Carlos Gomez absolutely crushed a hanging off-speed pitch on a 1-2 count. The ball bounced off a support beam in the leftfield stands. Up to that point Gonzalez was actually pitching well. He had only given up one run on two hits and a walk. Unfortunately he did groove that pitch and that made the score 3-0. Gonzalez finished the inning but the damage was done. Chris Beck came on in the 8th and for good measure gave up another couple runs to raise his WHIP to 2.36 and ERA to 5.79 for the year and end any hope of a late inning comeback.

Late inning comeback? LOL! The Sox bats couldn't have scored in this game if you gave them 18 innings. It was just one of those nights. The only guy who looked remotely capable was Brett Lawrie who managed to double twice and account for 40% of the Sox hits. Yep they had five total. Avisail Garcia also had a double and hit the ball well a couple other times, but the rest of the lineup managed 2 hits and a few walks. The end result was a string of donuts in the line score. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't brief though the game did clock in just under three hours. Still for a game that entered the bottom of the 7th with a 1-0 score and didn't bother having a bottom of the 9th it was way too long, but maybe that's compounded by having to sit through the whole thing.

So there you go, a brief brutal recap for a long brutal game. Hope it was more fun to read than that game was to watch. Honestly the Matt Davidson injury feels like one of those moments that comes along in any season where you just have to say, "Maybe this isn't our year." I hope it's a passing feeling and the Sox go on a massive tear once Melky Cabrera comes back. Certainly they've got the starting pitching to do that if James Shields continues to pitch like he did his last outing. Saturday there will be a second game in this series. Game time is 3:10 in Chicago, and there is reason for hope as Chris Sale takes the mound. Maybe the bats will give him some support because that -1 Astros score doesn't seem very likely.

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