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Tribe Edges Punchless Sox

August 16th, 2016 at Cleveland Indians

Toon Squad Update:
Moe Szylak
Quintana could probably use a round at Moe's

Short Take:   Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller are too much for light hitting Sox offense

Stop me if you heard this before. Jose Quintana pitches well enough to win but his offense doesn't support him with enough runs. Crazy thought right? I mean, that NEVER happens. (Sigh) There is a reason he is known as "Poor Jose" around the South Side. Sadly, Sox fans come to expect these awful offensive performances for Quintana starts and tonight delivered on those expectations. Corey Kluber and the Tribe proved to be too much for the Sox as they took the opener in Cleveland 3-1.

The Tribe jumped on Jose Quintana early in this game with back to back doubles from Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor grabbing a 1-0 lead. Mike Napoli extended the Indians lead in the 3rd inning with an RBI single making it 2-0. The Sox had some early chances against Kluber go by the boards without pushing a run across. Doubles from Cabrera, Saladino, and Anderson in separate innings never turned into a run as Kluber pitched out of each jam with relative ease. It's really become tiresome to watch the Sox squander so many run scoring opportunities. After being so good at it the first 6 weeks of the season, the team almost never sustains offense unless they are hitting HRs. It really doesn't seem to matter if it is a Cy Young pitcher like Kluber or a stiff like Mike Pelfrey, the Sox offense just can't give their pitchers any breathing room. A 7th inning solo HR against Kluber from Justin Morneau would be the only offense the Sox mustered the entire game. The Tribe would add 1 more run against the Albers/Jennings bullpen combo in the 7th inning. For reasons known only to him, Robin continues to put faith in Matt Albers in high leverage while letting younger high ceiling options like Michael Ynoa or Carson Fulmer miss out on valuable MLB experience. Despite being one of Robin's favorite toys, Albers has become a microcosm of the 2016 season. He was dominating for 6 weeks and then mediocre to terrible since. Wins and losses at this point in the season matter a lot less than getting the younger guys experience for next year. Someone should let our manager know about that maybe? Perhaps Robin himself has checked out of the job at this point.

After a bit of a shaky first inning, Jose Quintana was his usual steady self tonight. 6 innings, 2ER, with another quality start under his belt. Q wasn't at his peak dominance tonight, but as usual, he still pitched well enough to win. The pitches that piled up on him in that first inning cost him a deeper outing. This poor guy is still searching for win #10. It's remarkable to consider that he has never won 10 games in his career because of how poor the Sox offense has been the last few years. It seems they save their worst performances when he is out on the bump. The Sox also continue to make losing by 1 or 2 runs in low scoring affairs their specialty.

Tonight's game highlights the continued specialty of the White Sox which is losing by 1 or 2 runs in low scoring affairs. The Tribe's new look bullpen of lefty Andrew Miller for 2 innings and then Cody Allen for the 9th looks pretty dominating and made easy work of the Sox to close it out 3-1 preserving the win for Kluber. Miller's late inning dominance will help the Indians quite a bit in the postseason and they should be a force in October if they stay healthy. I can only look on in envy as the Sox are once again playing out the string. The Sox will look to get even in the series tomorrow night as Anthony Ranaudo takes on Carlos Carrasco.

Game Notes-

-Tyler Saladino had another multi-hit game going 2 for 4 with a double

-Jose Quintana's E.R.A is now 2.85 yet he somehow has a losing record.

-The Sox are now 27W-36L on the road.

-Anthony Ranaudo was called up from AAA Charlotte to start tomorrow's game against Cleveland. He is pitching for the injured Miguel Gonzalez.

That's all folks:
 One day, we'll win against the AL Central again.

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