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Bombed Out of Wrigley

July 27 at Chi. Cubs

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Like the chick with worms, Ranaudo was chasing a win, but was left with frustrating failure.

Short Take:   A sweet Sox debut for Anthony Ranaudo turns sour when the Cubs bust out their power, then use it to put the game out of reach.

If there are two things Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs proved for the White Sox, they're these: Anthony Ranaudo deserves another chance with this year's club and Carson Fulmer and Jacob Turner do not. Granted, all three were reasons in the 8-1 loss, but Ranaudo got saddled with it when one of the other two guys should have. Sadly, the rules of crediting wins and losses to pitcherrs are unforgiving and it's why more people are tuning those stats as time goes on.

Ranaudo not only threw 5 1/3 no-hit innings, but also figured out Jason Hammel. His first Major League hit in the fifth also happened to be his first home run in the Majors or minors. It was the first time a Sox pitcher had gone yard since my dad jokingly called Mark Buehrle's shot in Milwaukee on June 14, 2009. It was also just the second time an American League pitcher had ever homered in the 102 years of Wrigley Field.

That 1-0 lead wouldn't last past the sixth because Ranuado lost the no-hitter and shutout when Kris Bryant tied it with his own solo homer. One inning later, Ranaudo issued a two-out walk to Jason Heyward. That proved costly when Javier Baez worked the count full and hit a two-run blast that nearly reached Waveland Avenue. It meant the end of Ranaudo's night, but also the beginning of worse Sox pitching.

Carson Fulmer got the last out of the seventh, but signaled trouble was coming when he hit Bryant with the first pitch of the eighth. What followed was an Anthony Rizzo single, a Ben Zobrist RBI double to the ivy and a four-pitch walk to Miguel Montero. Robin Ventura brought in Jacob Turner to face Addison Russell, who needed just two pitches to blast a grand slam and turn Wrigley into the carefree drunken party house it's known to be. For the Sox fans in attendance, it must have been annoying, if not agonizing.

Ranaudo earned at least one more start with his performance, his last two frames notwithstanding, but Fulmer needs to be sent back to the minors and Turner needs to be designated for assignment. The former appears to have been rushed to the Show and Turner has shown nothing to prove he belongs at this level. On the bright side, maybe this loss will prove the Sox would be foolish to buy at the trade deadline. Almost any reasonable offer should be listened to, assuming the value for the players involved is fair.

The Sox can preserve the series win Thursday when Chris Sale faces John Lackey at 7:05. This will be Sale's first start since his uniform episode last Saturday. Time for him to show he's put it behind him. Otherwise, uniform and scissor jokes will come at an even faster rate from Cubs fans than what's already being expected.

That's all folks:
 Don't give up, Anthony. Someday, you might achieve your goal of winning a game all by yourself.

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