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A Quiet Night In Motown

August 3rd vs. the Detroit Tigers

Toon Squad Update:
Wile E. Coyote
It seems everything the Sox tried blows up like the rocket roller skates from the Acme company.

Short Take:Chris Sale, coming off his stint in garment design, pitched a solid game but lost 2-1 to the Tigers in sweaty Detroit.

The White Sox extended their stay in scenic Detroit. Who wouldn't? Detroit's as good a place as any to demonstrate how to lose ball games by not scoring runs.

The Tigers beat the Bridgeport Bad-Luck Boys 2-1 behind their ace, Chris Sale. Maybe I'm the one who jinxed Sale. On July 2nd I wrote on the occasion of Sale's 14th win that he was on track to win 30 games this year. It was a simple extrapolation assuming Sale would continue at the same pace. But here we are one month later and Chris is still looking for number 15.

Sale lost, but not for lack of trying. He went the distance, striking out 10 along the way. He gave up two runs on six hits to the mangy cats. That should be enough to win a game for a big-league club, but not tonight. The Sox showed us, as they have so many times this season, how to make lemons out of lemonade. Follow me as we review:

  • In the first, Adam Eaton led off with a double. After Tim Anderson grounded out, Melky Cabrera hit a soft liner to second, doubling up the dozing Eaton who was too far off the base. End of inning and end of chance.
  • In the second, Jose Abreu led off with a single. Justin Morneau hits into a double play, but Todd Frazier follows with a double. Avi Garcia strikes out. End of inning and end of chance.
  • In the fourth, Tim Anderson led off by getting to first on a throwing error. Cabrera hit into his own double play, and Abreu strikes out. End of inning and end of chance.
  • In the fifth, Frazier got a one-out single and was stranded. End of inning and end of chance.
  • Ding! Ding! In the seventh, Morneau whacked a solo home run, his third since defecting to the White Sox. But nobody else can do anything and that tied the game 1-1.
  • In the bottom of the eighth, Tiger pinch-hitter J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer to give the Motowners a 2-1 lead. Sale takes on the look of a man in need of a pair of scissors.
  • In the top of the ninth, Cabrera led off with a single. Abreu drew a walk. Morneau flied to center, advancing Cabrera to third. Frazier comes to bat, needing only a single to tie the game -- he strikes out. Avi Garcia then walks to load the bases. And then...
    And then...
    Dioner Navarro grounds out routinely to second. End of inning and end of game.

In a long baseball season one looks for trends. The Sox are clearly on a downward trend, brought about by disappointing hitting from the middle of the order, a wheezy bullpen, a series of freak injuries to players in their debut appearances, a thin AAA club, and an unwillingness among other teams to make trades with a club not willing to deal its tradeable parts.

The dog days are here. Bow-wow. We'll trudge along with these guys until the end of September, then bury ourselves in great mountains of talk as we discuss what went wrong and what should be done to fix it. The Sox are in a foggy march this month and probably through the end of the season. They started hot, they ran cold, and now they seem to drift. I think Crash Davis in "Bull Durham" described it best: "Some days you win; some days you lose; and some days it rains."

We're in the rain.

That's all folks:
 Like their brother in mopery, Wile E. Coyote, the Sox keep trying gadgets that backfire.

submitted by tebman.

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