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Rodon Lands The Big Fish!

August 12th at Miami

Toon Squad Update:
Sox controlled their fishy opponents

Short Take: Solid starting and relief pitching and just enough offense.

What's this!?!??! A win? On Friday? Didn't know those could happen anymore. Thought the Sox started every weekend on Thursday and sent in their A-ball team to make it seem like a professional team was on the field. Guess they've just been sucking it up on my shift for the last month plus or so just to piss me off. And of course piss you off too - at least those of you still watching and reading. Anyway yes the Sox won and did it in fairly normal fashion, jumping out to an early lead, having their starter go 6 strong innings then handing it over to the bullpen which actually held up and managed to preserve the Sox 4-2 win.

Carlos Rodon started for the Sox tonight and he actually pitched quite well. He only yielded 3 hits over the 6 innings he pitched but he also walked 3 and the baserunners came in enough bunches to allow the Marlins to score a run in the 4th and force Rodon to pitch out of run scoring opportunities in 3 of the six innings he worked. Fortunately the 4 strikeouts he managed were well timed in innings where the Marlins were threatening for the most part including whiffing the final two batters in the first with a runner on second and the Sox having jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Carlos then set the Marlins down in order the next two innings before struggling in the 4th and yielding a single, a wild pitch a walk and another single to surrender his lone run. He walked two guys in the 5th also but managed to get out of that inning unscathed. He then come back out for the 6th even though well over 100 pitches already and set the Marlins down in order to end his night with 122 pitches and earn a well deserved win.

The offense wasn't spectacular though it did manage 12 hits and 6 walks - 14 of those baserunners coming in the first 5 innings off of hapless Marlins' starter, Andrew Cashner. Still they only managed to score 4 runs and all of them came off Cashner. The game started well enough with the Sox putting up a 2-spot in the first when all of the first 4 batters reached base on hits. Saladino managing a ground rule double sandwiched between 3 singles. Unfortunately what could have been a bigger inning ended when Tim Anderson grounded into a double play to end the threat with the bases loaded. In the Second the Sox scored another run on three singles by Narvaez, Eaton and Saladino with Rodon popping out foul on a bunt attempt in between. Really the most interesting part of this sequence was when the Marlins appealed to see if Eaton missed second base while going from first to third on Tyler's RBI single (he didn't). Saladino then stole second and the Cabrera worked a walk to load them up again, but, frustratingly, Abreu and Frazier both struck out to end the threat. The Sox managed another run in the 5th after Abreu singled and Frazier doubled him to third. Shuck then hit into a fielder's choice with Abreu thrown out at home by 10 feet. Fortunately Anderson then hit a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to three again with Frazier managing to trot home safely when the throw was off line and pulled the catcher away from the plate. The final scoring chance came in the 7th when Frazier was thrown out at home on a bang-bang play while trying to score from second on a single by Narvaez. Replays were spotty but it appears the ump got the call right by an eyelash.

After Rodon left the Sox sent out Jacob turner for the 7th and after getting the first out Jacob walked a batter and yielded a double. In to the game came Dan Jennings who gave up a sacrifice fly. Jones relieved Jennings and after a wild pitch managed to get the final out. After that things were pretty simple Jones came back out for the 8th and down went the Marlins 1-2-3 on a pair of strikeouts and a ground out. After that it was time to hold your breath as out came David "I've been stuck in a save blowing rut recently" Robertson. Fortunately David was up to the task and had a routine 1-2-3 inning of his own with a pair of strikeouts book-ended around a groundout to earn the save and send Sox fans home happy - or Marlin's fans home sad as it were.

I'd say, "more like this please" but honestly it feels it's too late for this team. I know that's not mathematically true, but with the rash of odd injuries, the inability to hit for power and the thinness of the late inning bullpen the Sox are really starting to grasp at straws to think they can still make a run. If they are going to do it a 10-game winning streak is probably needed like immediately and then it's going to take a long run of .600 ball and that still might not be enough. Even a die hard optimist like me has a hard time thinking this team has that kind of run in them. Once again tonight a dearth of power limited their run scoring chances as 10/12 hits were singles. A team should score more than four runs when they have 18 baserunners in 9 innings. I know two guys were thrown out at home but that only raises bigger questions about our base-running and coaching decisions. Anyway, a win is a win is a win so woo... hooo.. for the White Sox and the fans still paying attention. They'll try to actually get into that winning streak tomorrow when they face these same Marlins again. Game time is at 6:10 in Chicago with James Shield taking the mound for our Sox. Hopefully he returns to the form he showed in July because I don't think the Sox have the offense in them to win the game if he gets shelled again.

That's all folks:

submitted by voodoochile.

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