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No Relief in Motown

August 30th, 2016 at Detroit Tigers

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Short Take:   Early 3-0 lead falls apart as Tigers torch Sox middle relief.

The inability of the White Sox to beat the Indians, Royals, and Tigers wtih any consistency has been discussed at length. Comerica Park in particular has been a very inhospitable place during the Robin Ventura era. However, things don't seem to fall apart here quite the same way they do in Kansas City. In KC, the Sox usually fall to a bunch of quick infield hits, gork shots, and manufactured runs. The Tigers lineup simply bludgeons you to death with their endless supply of power. After an early 3-0 lead, the walking dead middle relief corps of Albers and Turner couldn't keep the Tigers offense at bay as the Sox fell 8-4 at Comerica Park

The Sox would jump out to an early lead in this one with a big 2 run laser blast to LF from Todd Frazier in the 2nd inning. If he had gotten any elevation on it, this one could have gone 500 feet. Omar Narvaez would extend the inning with a walk and Tyler Saladino lofted a gapper to left center for a stand up double. Adam Eaton drove Narvaez home on a fielder's choice and the Sox took a 3-0 lead. The Sox would miss a based loaded chance to add-on in the 4th inning that would prove costly. The inability of the White Sox to put teams away continues to haunt them. They finished the night 1 for 10 with RISP and stranded 7.

Anthony Ranaudo had pitched himself a pretty decent ballgame through 4 innings but a costly leadoff walk in the 5th got him into trouble. The trouble got compounded by a hanging curveball on the outer half of the plate to Ian Kinsler. A good hitter like Kinsler knows what to do with those hangers and he deposited it deep into LF seats which cut the Sox lead to 3-2. My early synopsis on Ranaudo's work is that he has good enough stuff to get through a lineup a couple of times but really seems to fall apart in the middle innings. He could ultimately be better suited to a middle relief role in the future. J.D. Martinez ended Ranaudo's night with a leadoff double in the 6th. Robin would once again call upon his favorite bullpen toy, Matt Albers, to pitch in relief of Ranaudo in the 6th. This ended about as well as you would think. It's curious that Albers continues to occupy a roster spot considering he hasn't been an effective pitcher since May. What's more curious is Robin continuing to waste valuable high leverage time on him. I would have rather seen if Ranaudo could have gutted out another inning or possibly young Michael Ynoa pitch out of a jam against a tough lineup. Nope, we gotta trot the smoldering corpse of Matt Albers out there to get shelled. Albers gave up 4 runs (3 earned) and lasting a third of an inning before his night mercifully concluded. Jacob Turner came on in relief and poured gasoline on the fire but at least he ate 2 and two thirds innings while being bad. By the time the smoke cleared, the Tigers offense hung 4 runs in the 6th and 2 more tack-on runs in the 7th off Turner. The White Sox pushed another run across on a fielder's choice from Melky Cabrera in the 7th but by then, it was far too late and the Sox fell 8-4.

There were at least a few bright spots in this game to enjoy but losing to the teams in our division has become tiresome to watch. As a Sox fan, I've grown to expect a loss when the Sox are at Comerica Park, Kaufmann Stadium, or Progressive Field. The poor play against the division needs to be addressed if the team plans on contending next season or they will continue to sit out October. Chris Sale looks for win #16 tomorrow afternoon as he faces off with Justin Verlander in the series finale.

Game Notes-

-Matt Albers lasted 1/3 of an inning and gave up 4 runs, 3 ER, 2H, and a walk. He has an 8.30 E.R.A. in his last 30 games.

-Todd Frazier cracked his team leading 33rd HR of the season for RBIs 82 & 83. He leads the team in both categories.

-Anthony Ranaudo lasted 5.0 innings giving up 3ER, 3BB, 2Ks, 5H, and 1HR allowed.

-Adam Eaton went 2 for 3, 2 BBs, 2H, 1RBI, and 1R scored.

That's all folks:
 AL Central Woes Continue

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