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Santiago Dogs the Sox

May 9th, 2017 vs Minnesota Twins

Sox Office Smash Hit:
101 Dalmations
Sox offense had all the bite of a small puppy.

Short Take:  Offense sputters as Santiago and the Twins top the Sox 7-2

It was "Dog Day" at 35th and Shields as the Sox returned home to host the Twins and open a six game homestand. After going 4W-6L on the tough ten game road trip, the Sox looked to get off on the right foot at home to get back over .500. Alas, Hector Santiago and the Twins would extend the losing streak to four as the Sox would fall 7-2. 

In the bottom of the 3rd, the Pale Hose would strike first off of old friend, Hector Santiago and things were looking up. Omar Narvaez got things rolling with a walk followed by a Willy Garcia line drive hit to RF and the Sox were in business. Tyler Saladino crushed a line drive base hit to LF scoring Omar to make it 1-0. Abreu kept the line moving with a hard smash hit to RF scoring Willy Garcia and expanding the Sox lead to 2-0. However, the good vibes and feelings were fleeting as the Twins answered right back in the top of the 4th with three runs of their own capped off by a 2 run HR by Kennys Vargas that he absolutely tattooed. Per Statcast, this ball had an exit velocity of 115 mph and the HR made it 3-2. Sox fill-in Mike Pelfrey isn't fooling many people these days the 2nd time through the order.  

Things got worse for the Sox in the top of the 6th as Dan Jennings got into trouble after some soft singles by the Twins. Rick Renteria elected to go to Chris Beck in relief of Jennings and it was the proverbial gas can on the fire. Dan Jennings was the victim of soft contact and well place hits, however, Beck was the victim of some very loud contact and wasn't fooling anyone tonight. To be fair, this is most nights for Chris Beck. Before the dust settled, the Twins hung 4 more runs on the Sox making it 7-2 bad guys.

Seven unaswered Twins runs against a sputtering Sox offense would spell doom for the South Side Nine as they fell by a final of 7-2. For whatever reason, the White Sox just don't seem to pick up Hector Santiago at all. Allow me to curse the Angels for just an awful trade last year that sent Santiago into our division for the underperforming Ricky Nolasco. (What an awful trade...) Also, this is a game where the injuries to the pitching staff really show the depth problems in the current roster of the rebuilding Sox. Injuries to Shields, Rodon, Petricka, Putnam, and Jones have pressed some "happy to be here" players like Mike Pelfrey, Dylan Covey, and Chris Beck into action. The results haven't been unexpected but this is what you have to do during a rebuild when your rosterable players get hurt and your top prospects aren't ready yet. When they said there would be growing pains during a rebuild, they were referring to nights like tonight. The Sox look to get even in the series tomorrow night as Derek Holland takes on Phil Hughes.

Game Notes-

-Hector Santiago is now 5W-1L against the Sox since the beginning of last year.

-Geovany Soto was a late scratch tonight with elbow soreness.

-Mike Pelfrey dropped to 0W-3L and his E.R.A rose to 5.29

-LHP David Holmberg made his debut for the Sox tonight in the 8th and pitched 2 scoreless innings

 A dog gone shame.

submitted by Foulke You.

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