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Sox Shield(s) Themselves From Defeat

August 13th vs. the Miami Marlins

Toon Squad Update:
Daffy Duck
Like the lisping duck, the Sox were slapstick entertaining.

Short Take:Despite James Shields giving up seven runs in three innings, the Sox came back to win 8-7 against the Marlins in Miami.

James Shields is an enigma. Once a great pitcher, a dominant pitcher, he's had slumps like any player, but he's been consistent. That is, until he joined the White Sox. His first few starts were forehead-slapping bad, then his next few starts were really sharp. After more than a decade in the big leagues you'd think he'd have it figured out.

Tonight against the Marlins was a forehead-slapper. He lasted only three innings after giving up seven runs on ten hits, apparently putting the Sox out of reach. But uncharacteristically, our boys came back to win 8-7, with the winning run scoring on a dropped third strike. That's why they play the games...y'just never know.

The Sox had a 4-0 lead after two, after which Shields began throwing batting practice. Jose Abreu got an RBI double in the first, sending home Adam Eaton, who'd walked to lead off. Chicago got three more in the second on a couple of RBI doubles from Dioner Navarro and Tyler Saladino, providing what seemed like a comfortable lead. By the end of three, Shields had already given up five of his seven runs. Jason Coats got his first MLB home run in the top of the fourth to tie the game 5-5.

Shields, though, is a puzzle. The Sox are into him for many millions of dollars, based on his track record and the hope that he'd return to his earlier form. Seven runs in three innings is no bargain.

Fortunately, the Sox bullpen had a good night. Matt Albers, Dan Jennings, Chris Beck, Nate Jones, and David Robertson canned the fish, holding them to seven and giving the Sox time to catch up. In the sixth, Tim Anderson scored on a challenged fielder's choice. Not a pretty way to score, but it counts just the same, making it 7-6 for the Miami mugs.

The Bridgeport bunch took the lead in the eighth when pinch-hitter Justin Morneau doubled home Jason Coats to tie the game 7-7. Two outs later, Melky Cabera swung at a pitch in the dirt that scooted away, getting him safely to first and allowing Dioner Navarro to show off his wheels as he scored from third. David Robertson pitched the ninth and had things under control when Giancarlo Stanton got a two-out single that he inexplicably tried to stretch into a double. He pulled up lame at second, was tagged out, and the game was over.

Stanton's charge to second falls in the "What Was He Thinking?" category. A one-run game, two outs in the ninth, a shallow fly out of Adam Eaton's reach...come on, man. Your team needed a baserunner, not a likely out to end the game. Babe Ruth pulled that in Game 7 of the 1926 World Series -- he tried stealing second with two outs in the ninth, was tagged out, and the Cardinals were champs. Maybe Stanton wanted to be able to say he and Ruth think alike.

But hey! The Sox are on a winning streak. Two in a row -- we've got them right where we want them!

That's all folks:
Graceful they're not, but a win is a win.

submitted by tebman.

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Justin Morneau

Big pinch-hit double to tie the game in the eighth. Nice work, Justin...we'll forgive your time in Minnesota.

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