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Derek Done In

April 17 at N.Y. Yankees

Sox Office Smash Hit:
An Innocent Man
Holland got charged with runs he really should not have.

Short Take:   A fielding miscue by Jose Abreu leads to a five-run third inning for the Yankees.

We all know Derek Holland was brought to the 2017 White Sox so he could potentially build enough value to be dealt at the trade deadline of this rebuilding season. He did that just fine in his first two starts, splitting those decisions. Monday's meeting with the New York Yankees in the Bronx went a little differently. While he was the loser in the 7-4 decision, he never should have been put in the position to be such.

More on that in a bit, but let's talk about the Pale Hose's blown chance in the opening inning first. Tim Anderson singled on the second pitch of the game and moved to second on a one-out walk to Melky Cabrera, who's back from paternity leave. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a passsed ball and would stay where they were. Jose Abreu grounded out to third and Avisail Garcia flied out.

Now for the bottom of the third, which was this game's undoing. With one out, Pete Kozma hit one off Holland's shoe and reached first safely. Jacoby Ellsbury then hit a grounder that Abreu should have fielded cleanly, but didn't. Ellsbury reached and for some reason, was credited with a hit, so it was up to Holland to save his own hide.

Holland got Aaron Hicks to hit into a fielder's choice for the second, putting runners at the corners. It didn't matter where they were though after Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer on a 2-2 fastball. The "fun" continued on back-to-back doubles from Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, followed by an RBI single from Aaron Judge. A Cabrera error on Headley's double prevented Holland from getting charged with all five runs that inning, but regardless, all those runs should have been unearned.

Judge put an end to the Yankees' scoring and Holland's night with a two-run blast in the fifth. Despite the seven-run deficit, the Sox didn't go quietly. Garcia and Matt Davidson led off the seventh with back-to-back singles, setting up Yolmer Sanchez's three-run homer that chased Jordan Montgomery from his start. Sanchez singled and scored on a Kevan Smith double in the ninth, prompting hope for Sox fans before Aroldis Chapman got Tyler Saladino to ground into a game-ending double play.

You never want to see a fielder hang his starting pitcher out to dry, yet that's exactly what Abreu did with Holland. One's ERA doesn't matter in terms of a game's outcome though. It could have been different here with more production from the lineup. But with guys like Abreu, Anderson and Jacob May struggling, it's hard to predict many games ending in wins.

The second game of this series will be played Tuesday at 6:05. Miguel Gonzalez will start against Luis Severino. Gonzalez recorded seven shutout innings in his most recent outing against the Yankees last July 6, a game I was in attendance for. Here's hoping he's got another one of those performances in him.

 Disappointing to know tonight's leading man has to bear responsibility for the mistake of someone else.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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