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Cleveland Rocks (Again)

April 22nd vs. the Cleveland Indians

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Forrest Gump
Baseball is like a bag of churros -- you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes it's stale and stone cold.

Short Take: The White Sox didn't show up, getting shut out 7-0 by the Indians.

I was away tonight attending a long-planned event with some out-of-town family members. We always look forward to these excursions: relaxation, release, a change of scenery. Sometimes something novel happens, or we experience something that drives conversation and becomes a reference point for fond recollection as years go by.

But that wasn't tonight. We were on 35th Street attending the second of two consecutive shutouts as the White Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 7-0. The Sox looked like the glorified AAA team they are against the American League champs, as Carlos Carrasco pitched eight innings of 3-hit ball for the Ohio intruders. Two-thirds of the Sox offense came from Tyler Saladino's two singles, hit in a vacuum that left him caught stealing the first time and stranded on base the second time.

The only real highlight for the South Side Non-Hitmen was Jacob May's first major-league hit. He got a hearty, sustained cheer from the crowd, which was starved for anything else to cheer about. May was in the game replacing Melky Cabrera, who injured his hand chasing a fly ball into foul territory in the sixth.

Tonight's starter for the intrepid Bridgeport Boys was Mike Pelfrey, who owed this opportunity to James Shields's move to the disabled list. Shields, who has looked good in his three appearances this year, was beginning to live down the epithets hurled his way in 2016, but a strained right lat muscle broke his stride and sent him to the DL.

Pelfrey is a hard-luck veteran, having been released by the Tigers at the end of spring training after dismal performance the past year. The Sox signed him to a minor-league contract for the same reason you might keep a balky extra flashlight in the garage: for emergency use only. This was such an emergency, because the young pitchers who are fattening up in the minor-league feedlots won't be ready for some time yet.

Tonight's performance showed why Detroit let Pelfrey go. In 4-1/3 innings, Pelfrey gave up four runs on four hits, including a first-inning two-run homer and a hit-batsman in the fifth. He wasn't fooling anybody at the plate. Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam, and Michael Ynoa covered the rest of the game and collectively gave up three more runs.

The real story here is feeble hitting. When the biggest celebration of the night is a rookie's first hit, you know there's a problem. Yes, the team is rebuilding, and yes, injuries have poked holes in the roster, but no, a big-league team ought to be competitive.

Drew Carey's theme song was "Cleveland Rocks," an loud anthem that contained the lines:
"All this energy callin' me
Back where it comes from."

Energy is what the Indians brought from Cleveland, but lethargy is what the White Sox brought to Chicago.

I sat through this tonight, but if it had been a movie I think I would've spent more time making popcorn.

submitted by tebman.

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