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10-4, Over And Out

July 1st vs. the Texas Rangers


Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Long Hot Summer
July and August will be hot and long as we watch the rest of this season unfold.

Short Take:Derek Holland had trouble throwing strikes, and those he did found their way into the seats leading to a 10-4 loss to the Rangers.

It was a lovely, sunny July day on the South Side, a day made for baseball. And if you had an academic interest in seeing what a real pitcher does to win a game, you could watch Cole Hamels as he dispatched the White Sox. The Rangers buried the Sox 10-4 behind Hamels's dominance. Hamels gave up two runs in the first inning: a double to Melky Cabrera, followed by no-doubt homer off Jose Abreu's bat to give the Sox an early 2-0 lead. Todd Frazier was then hit by a pitch. Hamels must not have it, we thought. Your TBGR correspondent was there, and smiled at what was a feel-good start.

Thereafter, Hamels found whatever he didn't have and retired the next 19 Sox batters with ease. The South Siders looked like the AAAA team they are, going down weakly against an veteran hurler. The Sox picked up two more runs in the seventh on a 2-RBI double by Kevan Smith, pinch-hitting for Omar Narvaez. That gave the Sox four runs in the game, which might have been enough if not for the 35th Street pitching staff.

Derek Holland looked overmatched. The strike zone was a territory unfamiliar to him, and when his broken navigation tools finally led him there, the pitches he offered were so sweet and so ripe that the Rangers happily launched them over the outfield walls. Holland, and later the bullpen, were generous to the Texas visitors by providing baserunners to be driven in.

And drive them in they did. Texas got its first run in the second after Holland had loaded the bases and Joanathan Lucroy got an RBI on a 4-3 groundout. We didn't think much of it, though we should have, because Holland seemed determined to get to 100 pitches as soon as possible.

After stepping over his own landmines in the next two innings, several finally exploded in the fifth when a leadoff walk, a double, and a 3-run homer by Elvis Andrus gave the Lone Star sluggers a 4-2 lead. The sixth was not looking good, and Holland was mercifully replaced after giving up a 1-out infield single to Rougned Odor. Calling it a "single" was generous, because Holland inexplicably didn't cover first base when the ball was fielded by Abreu. By that time he'd already thrown 106 pitches in only 5-1/3 innings and it was time to go. Holland's former teammates in the Texas dugout heckled him playfully, though watching this performance it's easy to see why the Rangers let him get away to be heckled.

Chris Beck came in for Holland and gave up a 2-run homer to Mike Napoli, the first batter he faced. Now it's 6-2 and the beer doesn't taste as cold. Two innings later it was David Holmberg and Michael Ynoa's turn in the barrel. Thanks to their generosity, the Rangers collected four more runs. A solo homer and a bases-clearing triple made it 10-4 and set off a march to the exits. The good news was that those of us who stuck around had an easier time getting out of the parking lot.

I'll say it again, mostly for my benefit: this is a rebuilding year. And the scaffolding and construction debris is clearly visible on days like today. I'm looking forward to a sunny day in July of 2019 when Michael Kopech strikes out 19 and Yoan Moncada leads a 14-hit attack as the White Sox win their 14th in a row. All together now: this is a rebuilding year.

WSI's
Fandamonium:
Not surprised, but frustrated again watching the Sox pitching staff give it away. How long are we paying Holland?


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