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Two Bad Innings, One Bad Game

September 14 vs. Cleveland


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Another example of the division taking advantage of our naive nature.

Short Take:   Carlos Rodon is off and the Tribe uses a pair of frames to take full advantage.

Whether you're a casual or diehard White Sox fan, you know the team's division has not been kind to them. For the first two games of this series with the Cleveland Indians, both offensive explosions, it appeared there might be an exception to this rule. While it's still possible to win the series, it didn't happen in Wednesday's 6-1 loss.

Carlos Rodon entered with a five-game winning streak and no losses since I saw him in Minnesota July 31. After shutting down the Tribe in the first three innings, a sixth straight victory looked promising. The outlook became better in the bottom of the third when Tyler Saladino's single scored on Adam Eaton's AL-leading ninth triple off Josh Tomlin. That's where everything good ended however.

After Rodon retired Francisco Lindor to start the fourth, the wheels came off. He issued back-to-back walks to Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana, perhaps being too cautious with Cleveland's power duo. Jose Ramirez, one of the top AL hitters this year, made Rodon pay with a triple that went all the way to the wall in right. Ramirez was rewarded for his effort with a first-pitch RBI single from Brandon Guyer, making it 3-1 Indians.

Rodon pitched out of a jam in the fifth before the sixth ended his night. Ramirez and Guyer burned him again by leading off with back-to-back singles. Up stepped Coco Crisp, long exiled from the Indians before his recent return. Right then and there, Crisp reminded Sox fans of his past success against the team by drilling a three-run homer. With no more hope for an eighth straight quality start, Rodon was pulled after that, resulting in his shortest start since July 5.

The Sox are now 27-38 against the Central this year and everyone continues to wonder what would have happened this year if that record was reversed or at least around .500. Instead, there's no choice but to keep trudging along this year while also looking to next. And the scary part is nobody really knows what the chairman and front office want to do. Until something happens, we're left in a state of limbo.

This four-game series concludes Thursday afternoon starting at 1:10. James Shields is on the hill against Mike Clevinger. A win during the day would make a division-clinching party at night a little easier to swallow. More importantly though, it would be great to remind the Indians their own champagne celebration is still far away.

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 Oh hamburgers. Do we really have to go through these darn divisional struggles again?


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