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Big Same James

September 20th, 2016 at Philadelphia Phillies

Toon Squad Update:
The Thing
Shields pitching is as rocky as The Thing.

Short Take:   Shields hammered again as Sox fall in Philly opener 7-6.

If you have watched the Sox a lot in 2016, there are a couple things you are probably quite fatigued with. Bad managing decisions by Robin and watching James Shields get rocked are probably towards the top of your list. Tonight in Philly, these two things were on display as the Sox fell to the Phillies 7-6 in the series opener.

The Phillies took an early 2-0 lead on a HR from Herrera that was clubbed deep to right center field on what looked to be a high change up. The long ball continues to be a very big problem for Shields as he adds to his MLB leading total of HRs allowed. The Sox would strike back in the Top of the 3rd. Tim Anderson laced a 1 out double to RF and Abreu followed that up with a walk. Melky Cabrera then got a Thompson fastball to his liking that he blasted down the line for a 3 run HR giving the Sox a 3-2 lead. The ball was crushed and stayed just fair and hooked inside the foul poul in RF.

Shields would unfortunately give the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. Tommy Joseph had an RBI single, and then Maikel Franco scored on a rare Tim Anderson fielding error making it 4-3 Phillies. They weren't done with Shields yet though. In the bottom of the 5th, Herrera would haunt Shields again with an RBI single making it 5-3. Shields really labored through this inning but somehow managed to pitch out of it with the score holding at 5-3. Anyone who watched Shields that inning knew he was toast and if it wasn't for some over aggressive young Phillies hitters, James wouldn't have escaped that frame. However, Robin has a knack for waiting too long to take his pitcher out of a game and thought the gassed James Shields had one more inning left in him. He then sat in the dugout and watched his laboring right hander give up a leadoff double, a single, and then a sac bunt making it 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. Gotta take him out now right? Wrong. A 2 RBI single by Quinn had to happen first and THEN Robin gave the all clear to pull Shields with the game now 7-3. Even though this game didn't matter for either team, Robin's poor management of the pitching still managed to irk me. Apparently, all that loud hard contact off Shields wasn't heard in the dugout.

The Sox put together a spirited comeback attempt in the 9th off of Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez and pushed 3 across the plate. It was capped off by a 2RBI double from Adam Eaton. Tim Anderson came up short in his bid to tie the game with Adam Eaton standing at 2B. Maybe if Shields was pulled after 5 innings like he should have, we win this game. Instead, file this one away as another 1 run loss for the Chicago White Sox as they fell 7-6. When you play as many close games as the Sox do, a manager does have an impact on the season. The Sox will look for the 2 game split tomorrow with Chris Sale trying to keep his Cy Young hopes alive. He will be going for his 17th win and facing off with Eickhoff.


-Per Hawk and WGN, the Sox have now played 82 games that have been decided by 2 runs or less

-Each player in the starting lineup had a hit tonight.

-Final line for Shields tonight was 5.1 IP, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 4Ks, 9H.

-Melky's 3 run HR was his 12th of the season.

That's all folks:
 Thankfully not too many more Shields starts left in 2016.

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