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Stranded at Wrigley

July 25th, 2017 at Chicago Cubs

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Empire Strikes Back
Sometimes the bad guys win.

Short Take:  Sox strand a ton of baserunners and fail to overcome bad Rodon outing, fall to Cubs in Game 2 and even up crosstown series at 1-1.

The Sox looked to take a 2-0 series lead in this four game set in a rare Tuesday matinee. Thanks to the goofy early start times at Wrigley, I had to keep tabs on this one at work via the CSN app. This forced me into the CSN broadcast which meant enduring "Len and J.D." who shill for the Cubs very hard and were filled with very bad takes on today's game. Carlos Rodon and the Sox offense didn't do much to improve my mood as the South Siders fell in this one 7-2 in a game where not much went according to plan. Since I only got to see this game in sections, some details or moments might be missing.  

If the Sox were going to take a 2-0 series lead, they were going to need another solid pitching performance like the one Miguel Gonzalez gave them on Monday. Unfortunately, Carlos set the tone early in this one but not in a good way. After a Zobrist base hit and a walk to Rizzo, the red hot (but tantrum throwing) Wilson Contreras put the bad guys up 3-0 in the bottom of the 1st. It was a slider that hung just high enough for Contreras to get his arms extended and unlike yesterday, the wind was blowing straight out to left field.  

The Sox would answer back in the Top of the 2nd in the unlikely form of Carlos Rodon himself. Back to back singles from Tim Anderson and Omar Narvaez put the Sox in business. Carlos Rodon came to the plate and unloaded on a John Lackey pitch that was rifled into the gap for a 2RBI double. The Sox had cut the lead to 3-2. This was not the redeemer for Carlos though as he went back to struggling the following inning giving up an RBI double to Ben Zobrist making it 4-2. This was a strange outing for Carlos Rodon as he fought his command most of the day. The pitching line seems strange as he notched 11Ks in just 4 innings (!!!) but gave up 4ER on 7 hits and 3 walks while also running his pitch count sky high. Since the trade and injury depleted bullpen is in shambles, getting length out of your starting pitcher was paramount to get a realistic chance of winning today. This didn't happen and it forced some of the secondary relief corps into the game and the Cubs were able to add insurance runs to expand their lead to 7-2 off the likes of Clippard, Beck, and others.

Offensively, the Sox had plenty of chances to climb back into this one. They seemed to threaten every inning but just couldn't buy that big hit or HR they needed. The game got a bit testy as John Lackey started hitting batters in the bottom of the 5th. After already plunking Abreu earlier in the game, he hit him again to open the frame. Later in the same inning, he hit Davidson in the back and then Moncada in the wrist. That's 3 Sox batters in ONE inning and 4 Sox batters total for those scoring at home. Renteria seemed to ask for a warning but none was given. The Sox stranded these baserunners of course and somehow allowed Lackey to wriggle off the hook. However, Beck would take care of some "baseball business" the following inning and plunked Ian Happ in the leg. Len and J.D. didn't like this very much as you can imagine, but I did. I imagine Len and J.D. would be screaming bloody murder if 4 Cubs hitters got plunked by Sox pitching. As Jim Margoles from SSS pointed out, if the umpire is not going to protect your players then something had to be done. There is only one person to blame for that inning and that guy was Lackey. It's a shame the Sox offense was so anti-clutch today and couldn't make anything happen to get payback.

Even in a rebuilding season, I hate losing to the Cubs. The series shifts to the South Side tomorrow night as James Shields takes on Jake Arrieta in game 3. Let's hope the Sox bats wake up.

Game Notes-

-After the game, the White Sox dealt Anthony Swarzak to the Milwaukee Brewers for an outfield prospect.

-Yoan Moncada went 1 for 2 with a BB and a K.

-The Sox had 25 LOB today. Frustrating to say the least.

 Grumble grumble...

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