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Late Inning Meltdown... a... gain...

July 19 at Seattle


Toon Squad Update:
Daffy Duck
The game was dethpicable

Short Take: Sox take lead. Sox blow lead. Sox lose. Wash, rinse, repeat...

I don't even know where to begin in this disaster of a loss. The Sox could have won this game easily. They could have blown it open early and often. They could have. They should have. They didn't. Another late inning meltdown by the core of the bullpen leaves the Sox on the losing end of a game they led most of the way. At least this time it wasn't David Robertson blowing the lead but it doesn't matter as the Sox lost in eleven 6-5.

The offense got off with a bang today as Todd Frazier dropped a 3-run bomb over the wall in the first inning and that looked like it might be enough especially when Melky Caberra had the third straight single in the 2nd (all with two outs) to drive in Tyler Saladino. Unfortunately Jose Abreu then grounded out to King Felix to end the inning. That was kind of the theme today (what's new) as the Sox stranded nine and once again blew multiple chances to put the game away. They did add one more in the 5th when Justin Morneau singled home Cabrera who had led off with a triple. At that point the score was 5-2 and things were looking up. Unfortunately that was the last run the Sox would score and the Mariners kept chipping away.

Miguel Gonzales was solid but unspectacular today. He worked 6+ innings but ended up having a lot of hard hit baseballs end up in gloves. He departed in the 6th after issuing a leadoff walk. His one serious blemish was a 2-run bomb to Leonys Martin (more on him later) in the 2nd. When Gonzalez departed in came Zach Duke who promptly struck out the first batter he faced but then gave up a 2-run bomb to Mike Zunino to shave the lead to one. Duke then managed to load the bases on a HBP and back to back walks. With Sox fans tearing their hair out in clumps and screaming at their TV's and computer screens Duke managed to coax a double play grounder out of Robinson Cano to end the inning. That brought on Nate Jones for the 8th but he struggled and blew the lead on a 2-out solo shot by Adam Lind that could have ended the game even earlier but for a overturned call that gave the Sox a double play on the previous batter. David Robinson came on and pitched a perfect 9th (where was that on Monday, David?!?!?!?) but meanwhile the Sox were blowing more opportunities.

In the top of the ninth with two outs the Sox managed to get Abreu to second and Moreneau to first before Frazier struck out to end the inning. The next two innings they managed to do exactly nothing other than take a walk and strike out a bunch of times. The Mariners on the other hand thought they had the game won in the 10th when Nelson Cruz walked with two outs and Kyle Saeger ripped a hard double past the first base bag that took a funny bounce off the wall. As Sox fans held their breath Adam Eaton raced in grabbed the ball as it lay in the rightfield grass and fired a strike to the plate that managed to nab Cruz just as he lunged past Dioner Navarro. Unfortunately it was for naught as Dan Jennings came back out for the eleventh and with one out Martin (told you we'd get back to him) drilled one into the rightfield stands for a walkoff 6-5 win.

Stop me if you've heard this one before might become the most remembered aspect of the 2016 White Sox season. Unfortunately not in a good or funny way. Well at least they are done on the west coast for the year so maybe things will improve tomorrow when they are back home to face the Detroit Tigers. Game time is 7:10 PM in Chicago and James Shields will take the mound looking for another solid outing. Do us a favor, James, go the distance the bullpen appears to be back in a funk again.

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