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Insult and Injury

June 9 at Cleveland

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Lost Boys
Sox are starting to look like the losing team we all expected this season.

Short Take: Sox took a small lead early then gave it back as Jose Abreu got injured too.


Happy Friday everyone? Well sort of. As for the Sox and the fans who still root for them to win this was one more lost evening. Early in the game the Sox actually looked okay and took a small early lead twice. Then inevitability caught up with them as Miguel Gonzalez continued his downward slide to mediocrity, the offense went cold and the Sox went on to lose 7-3.

Maybe expecting a win on a night when the Sox are facing one of the best pitchers in baseball in his own home park is silly, but there's always a part of me that hopes for the best. Corey Kluber hasn't been that great this year. His ERA is in the mid-4s and his WHIP is a pedestrian 1.28 for a guy who was so dominant last year. Early on the Sox offense took advantage of his "averageness" and scored 3 runs in the first 5 innings. Sadly it could have been more but an ill-advised decision to send Melky Cabrera home on a shallow single in the 3rd probably cost the Sox a couple runs. With men on 1st and 2nd after a one-out run scoring single by Cabrera and a walk to Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia slapped a low liner into short center. For some reason the Sox sent Melky home. he was out by a few feet. Not sure why they keep expecting him to run like he has in the past. His wheels are not what they were. Instead of bases loaded and one out they had men at 1st and 2nd with two outs. Todd Frazier picked up Abreu with a single but that was where the inning died. That gave them a 2-1 lead which they relinquished a few innings later when Gonzalez walked two batters in a row with two outs and men on 2nd and 3rd. The Sox came back to score a run in their half of the 5th to retake the lead but then the offense shut down, managing only 3 singles the rest of the way. To top things off Abreu got drilled in the leg in the 7th and had to be helped off the field. Early signs are it's only a bruise, but (as the saying goes) "it's never good when your best hitter has to leave the game with an injury" - Captain Obvious.

As mentioned above, Gonzalez wasn't all that sharp tonight. He's been struggling more and more as the season progresses and last night didn't make it out of the 5th after yielding a walk, the go ahead homer and a double. All that came with two outs and he was promptly yanked for Dan Jennings who fortunately found whatever he's been missing recently and worked a scoreless, hitless 2.1 innings to give the team a shot. As mentioned above the Sox could not capitalize and when Jake Petricka, fresh off the DL, yielded 4 straight hits including a double to open the 8th the Indians took a commanding 4-run lead and the game was all but over. It could have been a lot worse actually but Bradley Zimmer's line drive was nabbed by Frazier, filling in for Abreu at first and he got the unassisted double play by stepping on first. A popout ended the inning and though the Sox managed a single in the ninth the game was effectively over after eight.

Well like I said earlier, this team wasn't expected to do much this year and they aren't disappointing on that account. Our Boyz are now tied for the 4th worst record in baseball and sinking fast having lost eight of their last nine games. I know this is what we all expected and what most of us are even rooting for as much as we can root for a loss, but man it's a tough time to watch White Sox baseball. Well tune in tomorrow if you dare to see these two teams square off again. The Sox will send David Homberg to the mound He didn't last long his last start but wasn't horrible in terms of runs yielded. Maybe he'll go a little deeper tonight. The bullpen could certainly use the rest. With Rodon and Shields making recovery starts soon help is theoretically on the way and honestly it cannot get here soon enough.

 Ugh... just ugh...

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