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Independence Day Downer

July 4th, 2017 at Oakland Athletics

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Independence Day
We're going to move on! We're going to survive!

Short Take:  Shields rocked again, Sox fight back but A's walk it off in the 9th.

After winning 3 of their last 4 games, the Sox entered their Independence Day tilt against the Athletics looking to keep the momentum rolling. The team donned patriotic American Flag themed uniforms for the 3rd game in a row which is fitting since the White Sox pioneered the patriotic uniform look back in the 1917 World Series. Unfortunately, despite the patriotism and another spirited effort, the Sox and Shields would fall to the A's 7-6 in walkoff fashion.  

The South Siders jumped out ahead in this one in the Top of the 3rd. Adam Engel legged out an infield single with 2 outs that set up Melky Cabrera who delivered some 2 out thunder. A's pitcher Daniel Gossett left one up in the zone and Melky crushed it deep over the right center field wall giving the good guys a 2-0 lead. Melky knew it was gone and admired it for a quick moment before trotting around the bases. Unfortunately, this lead would be extremely short lived as James Shields gave it right back in the bottom of the inning. After a 1 out walk to Rajai Davis, Matt Joyce hit one that just cleared the wall in CF tying the game at 2-2.  

The Athletics would take the lead in the bottom of the 4th. Yonder Alonso hit one of the softest HRs you'll see all year. It was just a towering slow flyball that was just out of Avisail's reach in RF who was tracking it all the way. It was the very definition of a "wall scraper". An RBI triple from Barreto extended the lead further to 4-2. In the top of the 5th, it was the Sox turn to answer back against Gossett. Jose Abreu hit a laser beam line drive 3 run HR out to LF that was the antithesis of Alonso's HR the previous inning. It was a low frozen rope that got out of the ballpark in a split second giving the Sox a 5-4 lead.

Unfortunately, James Shields couldn't stand prosperity. In the bottom of the 5th, the A's once again answered back and it was Yonder Alonso that would again return to haunt Shields. This time it was a towering long 2 run Alonso HR and not a wall scraper that gave the A's a 6-5 lead. This would end the day for James Shields after yielding 6 runs on 3 HRs. Both bullpens kept the game in check until the 9th inning. The Sox mounted a rally against A's closer Casilla, and Melky delivered a game tying RBI single. As had been the case the entire game, the Sox just couldn't stop the Athletics in the bottom of the inning after they scored. Tommy Kahnle was summoned to "buy an inning" for Renteria and he couldn't get the job done. Barreto took a center cut fastball out to LF for another wall scraping HR but this one would be a walkoff ending the game at 7-6.

The Sox put up their usual amount of fight and effort that we've come to expect this year but today it wasn't enough to overcome the poor start from Shields. I have never seen the Oakland Coliseum play as small as it was today. These conditions were not favorable for a guy like Shields who gives up a ton of taters. The Sox are going to have to wait out the dearth of quality starts from their rotation while the next crop of starting pitchers bake in the oven at the minor league level. In the meantime, the career farewell tour of James Shields will continue to boost the Sox draft positioning. The rubber match will be tomorrow afternoon as Mike Pelfrey takes on Sonny Gray.

Game Notes-

-James Shields went 4.2 IP, 4Ks, 2BBs, 6ER, 6H, 3HRs Allowed. Not good.

-Yonder Alonso was 2 for 4 with 2HRs, and 3RBI.

-Melky Cabrera was 2 for 5 with 3RBI, 2R

-Matt Joyce hit his 11th HR this season and his 3rd off White Sox pitching.

-David Robertson was unavailable to pitch in the 9th since he is currently on the paternity list.

 *Bill Pullman Voice* Today, we celebrate...our Independence Day!

submitted by Foulke You.

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