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Covey Can't Control Baltimore Bats

May 6th vs. the Baltimore Orioles

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Birds
Hitchcock showed us how scary it can be to be chased and defeated by birds. Tonight it was the big orange kind.

Short Take:Dylan Covey gave up six runs, the Sox hacked and scored five, but it wasn't enough as they lost to the Orioles 6-5.

Coming up short is maddening. You're almost there, it's within reach, but...arghhh! Just can't make it. That's what happened to the Sox tonight in Baltimore as they lost to the Orioles 6-5. Dylan Covey gave up all six of those runs and though they chipped away, the rest of the team couldn't cover the distance.

Dylan Covey had a rough first inning (three straight singles before the first out can put a damper on one's evening). After loading the bases he struck out Chris Davis, but then balked during next at-bat to send home the first run. A single and a double after that sent home two more runs to give the Baltimore birds a 3-0 lead.

Covey's evening didn't get much better. He gave up the fourth run in the second on Manny Machado's line-drive homer, threw a couple wild pitches along the way, and awarded a majestic two-run homer to Trey Mancini in the fifth. He was mercifully relived by Chris Beck at that point after yielding six runs.

Covey is one of Don Cooper's rebuild projects. The Sox got him from Oakland in the Rule 5 draft, meaning we're stuck with him while Cooper tries magic potions to make him effective.

Our heroes' offense was highly unremarkable. They didn't score until the fifth, finding two runs on a Melky Cabrera sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Leury Garcia. Cody Asche, who's been a strikeout machine, launched his first home run in the sixth to make it 6-3. But it was an uphill climb to catch up with the Chesapeak Bay bashers tonight.

Jose Abreu tried climbing that hill with his own two-run homer off the left-field foul pole in the eighth. That made it 6-5 and buoyed our spirits. Nice to see Abreu heating up

With James Shields and Carlos Rodon in sick bay, the options are limited on the mound. Dylan Covey is one of those (very) limited options. Nate Jones, Jake Petricka, and Zach Putnam are still healing as well, leaving three big holes in the bullpen. An unusual situation -- the White Sox have historically been successful in keeping players off the DL. Now they're running with a skeleton-crew pitching staff giving us games like tonight.

But none of this matters if more runs don't score from more people. Todd Frazier is still hitting below .200, Tim Anderson is peering just above .200, and despite his one home run tonight, Cody Asche is hitting a painfully low .115 with a zillion strikeouts. I'll acknowledge again the Great Rebuild and agree to stand by for Moncada, Kopech, and the rest of that promised band to show up. Until then it's tough to lose a game after coming so close.

I never thought I'd say I missed James Shields, but I'll say it now.

submitted by tebman.

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Jose Abreu

Writer's Choice -- two hits tonight, including a 2-run missile off the foul pole that brought the Sox within a run. Close, but not cigar-worthy.

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