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Foot Lose...

August 5th Vs Orioles


Toon Squad Update:
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Sox had happy feet on the basepaths and sad feet in the batter's box.

Short Take: Sox bumbled stumbled and tripped over their own fat feet on their way to another loss.

The Sox tried to make tonight's game interesting, but couldn't keep from shooting themselves in the foot. They even made the last out after fouling one off a foot - go figure. Along the way they managed to struggle offensively for most of the night, yield decisive runs from the dregs of the bullpen and run themselves into crucial outs when they were finally making a move. I guess you'd call that typical, but honestly they couldn't catch a break from the umps either and went on to lose 7-5.

Miguel Gonzalez started for the Sox tonight but didn't seem to have his best stuff. He wasn't sharp with his placement and the Orioles took advantage early. Pedro Alvarez got the scoring started in the third with a homer to straight away center. Then in the third the Orioles sandwiched a pair of singles and a double around a fielders choice ground out to score two more. After a strikeout Mark Trumbo hit one in the hole between short and third that turned into an infield single. Unfortunately Tyler Saladino tried to throw him out and ended up chucking the ball into foul territory which allowed another run to score. Miguel made it through 6 and didn't yield anymore runs but it wasn't his best outing and he left having given up 10 hits with only one K but no walks. Dan Jennings came on and pitched a scoreless 7th but then Robin called for Tommy "the gascan" Kahnle in the eighth who retired the first man he faced before giving up an absolute monster homerun to Alvarez, a single, a double and another single to make the score 6-2 before Robin finally came out and pulled him. Michael Ynoa came on and got out of the inning but not before yielding a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2 and all but end any hope the Sox might have.

Offensively the Sox were up to their usual mediocrity. They seemed to have a runner on base most of the innings but couldn't seem to string together any hits to get runs home. That included getting a gift of Saladino on third with one out in the first after a throwing error on a steal attempt and Sanchez on second after the Orioles bungled a rundown in the 3rd. They did manage to break through for a pair in the 4th on another Abreu home run and a two out double by Garcia that scored Frazier all the way from first after Todd managed to take advantage of the shift and singled to right before being driven in. Finally after the O's blew it open thee Sox started to string some offense together in the eighth Abreu led off with a single and Morneau and Frazier worked back to back walks. Garcia then hit a chopper back up the middle which JJ Hardy fielded and flipped to Schoop covering second. Schoop then turned and fired the ball into foul territory to score Morneau and make it 7-4. Navarro then singled to put runners at first and second with one away and drive Darren O'Day from the mound. The Orioles brought in Logan Ondrusek and Carlos Sanchez (yes THE Carlos Sanchez) greeted him rudely doubling off Nolan Reimold's glove in RF. Reimold had just been inserted for defensive purposes. Unfortunately Eaton then grounded out to first and the Sox were caught between bases with Navarro just getting nipped trying to get back to third. Replays were inconclusive and the out call was forced to stand.

The top of the ninth came and went with Jacob Turner retiring the O's in order and that set the stage for the bottom half with the Sox trailing 7-5. Unfortunately as you already know the Orioles have Zach Britton - he of the 0.76 WHIP, 0.58 ERA, 98 MPH sinker and 33 saves without blowing a single one and he made quick work of Saladino, Melky and Abreu striking out all three. However on Abreu's swinging third strike the ball got away from the O's catcher and Jose made it to first to bring up Morneau. Justin has been a nice pickup for the Sox this season and fans were sitting on the edge of their seats hoping for a miracle. Unfortunately it was not to be as with a 1-2 count Justin appeared to bounce one off his foot which was fielded at first. As Morneau stood in the batters box stunned the umps ruled him out and then refused to look at a replay. Guess when it's not your night it's not your year.

Honestly if ever there was a time to get tossed out of a game after it ended tonight was that night, but Robin went back to the dugout without raising a serious fuss and let the umps call the game over. Not that it probably would have mattered but it would have been nice just to see him go nuts and kick a little dirt. Well story of the night is the story of the year. The Sox lose meekly and drop back to 5 games under. Tomorrow it's Rodon vs Tillman in a game that has all the makings of a blowout loss. Maybe something will break our way and the Sox can actually overcome their own big fat feet. Game time is a 6:10 in Chicago. Don't sprint to the TV to watch it. Might not be worth it and you might trip over your feet and hurt yourself.

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That's all folks:
Not sure why I still care, but I do and this game hurt to lose.


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