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Melky Can't Do It All

July 15th vs. the Seattle Mariners

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Dazed and Confused
Just trying to get through the season, y'know?

Short Take:Despite Melky Cabrera's four hits and Felix Hernandez's poor outing, the Sox lost to the Mariners 4-3 on the South Side.

Sisyphus was condemned to a thankless existence. He was the guy in Greek mythology whose punishment was to push a boulder up a hill, only to see it roll back down every time for him to push back up. Sisyphus was guilty of bad behavior and so was sentenced to ongoing frustration.

Rick Renteria is by all accounts an honorable fellow and a skilled baseball man. He works hard to win ballgames with the tools available to him. Just as the game seems within reach, it rolls away as another loss, or another valuable player is traded away. He's condemned to come back the next day and try it again, for he too has been sentenced to ongoing frustration. The pity is that he's done nothing to deserve this.

The White Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners tonight 4-3 in a game that was oh-so-winnable. Mike Pelfrey started for the Sox and had his usual issues after going a couple times through the batting order. He only lasted 4-2/3 innings but threw 83 pitches, going deep in counts with the patient Mariner hitters. Remarkably, he only gave up two runs. The Puget Sounders got their other two runs courtesy of Nelson Cruz's two-run homer off reliever Anthony Swarzak.

The Sox scored three, largely through the hot bat of Melky Cabrera. His four hits included a first-inning solo homer, followed by three singles, all combining for two RBIs. But, as baseball fate would have it, the Sox had the bases loaded twice with no outs or one out, and could only score once. Todd Frazier drove in a run in one of those bases-loaded cases with a double play, and he also took the air out the team's balloon with a weak grounder to third in the other case that forced the runner out at home. The lost opportunities weren't entirely Frazier's fault, but the blanks he was firing stood out among the other mediocrities.

Felix Hernandez started for Seattle and was not his usual dominant King-Felix self. He can thank the Sox's inability to drive in runs for his team's victory.

Not much else to say about this. The Sox are firmly in last place where they'll likely stay for the rest of this season. A silver lining for the sabermetric savants is that there'll be a better draft position next year. Seth Beer, anyone?

A highlight was watching Renteria getting in the face of Tom Hallion, the imperious toad squatting in a dark suit at second base. Renteria came out to ask why Tim Anderson wasn't awarded two bases after a wild pickoff throw in the sixth. Hallion took offense for reasons only he understands, and ejected Renteria. A lively discussion followed, as cap brims dueled in an air thick with expectoration. Ah, umpires. Can't live with 'em, and still can't live with 'em.

Your persistent TBGR correspondent was in attendance at tonight's contest, and despite the game's outcome, enjoyed the ballpark's conviviality. It's an old saw but it's true: a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day at work. In conversation with other paid customers there was a broad sense that this is the darkness before the dawn. Moncada, Robert, Kopech, Giolito, Collins, and the rest give us something more to think about than runners left on base or obstreperous umpires.

Rick Renteria might feel like Sisyphus now, but unlike the condemned Greek figure, it's not an eternal curse. Hang on and watch them get that rock to the top of the hill in 2019.

Rebuilding means some demolition is required, but it's a real mess until the work is done.

submitted by tebman.

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