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Extra Weird Loss

May 16th, 2017 at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Strange Days
A strange ballgame.

Short Take:  Spirited comeback ends in defeat during goofy 11th inning

The Sox entered game 2 of this long 10 game west coast trip looking to even up the Angels series at 1 game a piece. This game was a roller coaster ride that started in the middle innings and ended in extras in odd fashion. Unfortunately, a spirited comeback by the White Sox was thwarted by the Angels 7-6 in extras.  

The Halos put the Sox behind the eight ball early in this one. After courting danger in the first inning, Holland once again found himself in trouble in the third inning but wasn't as fortunate to pitch around the trouble this time around. Back to back singles from Maldonado and Cameron Maybin set up Albert Pujols for a hard 2RBI single making it 2-0 Angels. Last year's Detroit Tigers nemesis, Cameron Maybin, tacked on another run with an RBI single in the Top of the 4th making it 3-0 bad guys.  

A converted relief pitcher named JC Ramirez kept the Sox bats in check through most of this game. After sleepwalking through the first five innings against Ramirez, the Sox made it a new ballgame in the Top of the 6th. Leury Garcia dumped a soft liner for a 1 out base hit which set the table for Yolmer Sanchez. He got a Ramirez pitch to his liking and blasted a high towering HR deep into the RF seats for a 2 run shot making it 3-2. The Halos added two insurance runs in the Top of the 7th off the Sox second string relievers. The key injuries to the bullpen have forced Renteria to search for other arms besides Swarzak and Kahnle to get the ball to Robertson and this has produced some mixed results at best. Tonight, the trio of Infante, Jennings, and Beck failed to keep the Angels off the board and yielded the two runs making it 5-2.

This one seemed headed to a sure defeat but the Sox had an uprising in the 9th inning. Melky and Abreu had back to back singles with nobody out and then Avi Garcia clubbed a high drive off the RF wall for an RBI double. Todd Frazier then broke his bat with a squibber to 2B that found daylight scoring both Abreu and Avi Garcia who slid just ahead of a tag at the plate. What followed was a lot of failed execution. Anderson sac bunted Frazier over to 3B, Narvaez walked, and then Saladino tried a sorry excuse for a safety squeeze that fooled nobody in the building. The Angels were waiting for it and once the Sox saw where the infielders were setting up, they should have taken the bunt off. Saladino got it down anyway and the Angels got the pinch runner Willy Garcia at the plate easily. Leury rolled over on a grounder in the next AB and the inning was over but not before the Sox had tied it at 5-5. It should have been more. I felt the key play here was the sac bunt of Anderson with nobody out just to gain 90 feet. On the road, I'll take my chances with a runner at 2B with nobody out over a runner at 3B with 1 out.

All was not lost (at the time) as Tim Anderson hit the go ahead HR in Top of the 11th making it 6-5 good guys. However, the strangest of innings occurred in the bottom half of the 11th. Robertson certainly pitched well enough in his second inning of work but the Angels mounted a rally on the back of a lot of well placed soft flyballs. It's late and I'm a bit too tired to detail it for you but trust me when I say that inning was dumb. The Angels would get the walk off on a Pujols "hit" that bounced off Leury Garcia's face. No joke. This would have scored the run anyway since there was 1 out and a runner at 3B but it was certainly a fitting way to end this strange affair. What started out as a snooze fest turned into a long, annoying, briefly fun, and weird game. I give the Sox credit for making it a ballgame. It's a shame they couldn't hold on after Tim Anderson's heroics. The Sox will try again tomorrow for their first win of the road trip as Miguel Gonzalez takes on Matt Shoemaker.

Game Notes-

-Derek Holland tossed 6 innings, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, QS

-The Sox are now 9W-16L against RH starting pitchers this year.

-Leury Garcia was 2 for 5 with a run scored.

-Cameron Maybin continues to torch Sox pitching. 5 for 6, 2R, 2RBI.

 I keep telling myself it's a rebuild but losses like this still hurt.

submitted by Foulke You.

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