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Rookie Mistake

July 22 vs. Detroit

Toon Squad Update:
Hermey the Elf
Fulmer appeared more ready to open a dentistry than pitch in the Majors.

Short Take:   The Sox rebound from deficit, but wildness from Carson Fulmer allows the Tigers to take the game back.

Had it not been Christmas in July at U.S. Cellular Field Friday, I probably would not have taken the night off work to go. But my love of the holiday insisted I do just that, even if that meant Jacob Turner was making the start. The White Sox actually weathered his storm and nearly overcame it. Instead, they all got a lump of coal in the form of a 7-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

After Turner stranded the bases loaded in the top of the first, Jose Abreu gave him support with an RBI single that scored Tim Anderson, who had reached on an error by Jose Iglesias. That lasted until the third when Cameron Maybin doubled in Ian Kinsler, who had been hit by Turner before getting to third thanks to some shoddy Sox defense. Turner then walked Miguel Cabrera, threw a wild pitch to score Maybin and gave up an RBI single to Nick Castellanos.

Sometime after a single, Kinsler scored again in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Victor Martinez. By then, Turner had been pulled from the game after just 3 1/3 innings. But the hopeless feeling faded in the fifth when Omar Navarez had a leadoff single and eventually scored on a 2-out double by Abreu, who then came home on a 3-run bomb by Justin Morneau. Suddenly, Michael Fulmer was on the hook for the loss instead of Turner.

Sadly, the happy ending was rewritten in the top of the seventh, during which Carson Fulmer came in for the first high-leverage situation of his career and was wild right out of the gate, giving up two walks and a single to the first three hitters. The Pale Hose's lead disappeared when Justin Upton scored on a force out and even though Anderson preserved the tie by throwing out Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the plate, Fulmer walked Maybin to load the bases again. Nate Jones was called in to shut down Cabrera, but the future Hall of Famer sealed the game when he singled up the middle to score a pair, bringing delight to the abnormal amount of Tigers fans in attendance.

This was a bad way to lose a game, though it was also representative of the problems the Sox have had lately, especially with the bullpen. That this one came at the hands of a supposed future rotation piece makes it all the more disheartening. The offense has been trying to its part lately after a putrid showing in Anaheim, but it's mostly been for naught as relievers keep coughing up leads. Then again, maybe it's for the better as it makes it all the more clear the Sox need to punt on this season and look to 2017 and beyond.

The weekend with the Motor City Kitties continues Saturday when Chris Sale faces Matt Boyd starting at 6:10. While we don't know what Sale has on his wish list for this year, one has to imagine it's getting to 20 wins, playing for a contender or most likely, both. Santa just might be kind to him if he soon gets traded to the Rangers, who are pressing hard for him. Meanwhile, the Sox surely won't have anything good under their tree this year.

That's all folks:
 The Abominable Snowmonster might as well put this team out of its misery.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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