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Sox Comeback Falls Short at Target

August 29th, 2017 at Minnesota Twins

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Enemy of the State
Jorge Polanco is our new enemy.

Short Take:  A costly error by James Shields and the continued power stroke of Jorge Polanco are too much for Sox to overcome in Game 1 at Target Field.

After taking 3 of 5 from the wild card contending Twins last week at home, the Sox looked to once again play spoiler on one of their biggest division rivals. It absolutely pains me to see the Twins contending this year so having the Sox rain on their parade would be optimal. Unfortunately, an early gaffe by James Shields and some damage by old friend Eduardo Escobar and new enemy Jorge Polanco would be too much for the good guys to comeback as they fell 6-4 at Target Field.  

Shields got himself into trouble pretty quick in the bottom of the 1st inning. A walk by Dozier and a single by Joe Mauer put the Twins in business immediately with runners on the corners and nobody out. James recovered to strike out Polanco and then appeared to get the ground ball he needed to get out of the jam unscathed. However, Shields shot himself in the foot by throwing the ball wide of Anderson and they were only able to grab 1 out which let the run score from 3rd. The bad start continued for Shields as the red hot Byron Buxton drove in Rosario from 2B. The Twins would leave the inning with a quick 2-0 lead which was a generous gift from Shields thanks to the throwing blunder.  

The blossoming Sox killer known as Jorge Polanco hit yet another HR against the Pale Hose in the bottom of the 3rd making it 3-0. I'll have more on Jorge Polanco later in this recap. In the 4th, our old friend Eduardo Escobar would haunt his former club with an RBI single expanding the Twins lead to 4-0. An RBI double from Avi Garcia that banged off the wall in right center cut into the Twins lead making it 4-1. Unfortunately, the Twins got that run right back on an RBI sac fly in the bottom of the inning. This game seemed to have all the makings of an early blowout. Escobar once again doing the honors. Fortunately, James Shields was able to recover and pitch another scoreless inning to give what passes as a quality start for the depleted Sox rotation. To his credit, James seems to be getting more success with his altered 3/4 arm slot in recent starts.

In the 7th inning, Sanchez got a run home on a well struck sac fly and that was followed by an absolute hand grenade of an RBI single by Jose Abreu. This play was particularly amusing because Abreu snuck right into 2B on the play when the pitcher had the ball and could have tagged him. If you missed the game, I highly recommend checking that play out for a good chuckle.

Remember when I said I'd have more on Jorge Polanco? Guess who hit another HR against the Sox in this game? Seriously...what in the name of Ryan Raburn is happening here? This was his 6th HR against the Sox this year and he only has 9HR on the season. The HR expanded the Twin lead to 6-3. Nothing angers me more than a bad player who only does well against the Sox. It's why I hated Ryan Raburn and Bruce Chen with the power of a thousand suns. Can Sox pitchers please try a different method to get him out? He should never be hitting like Giancarlo Stanton against us.

The Sox would put a late charge on the Twins in the 9th inning by plating 1 run on an Abreu RBI single. This brought the tying run to the plate but sadly, that was as close as they would get. "Ricky's Boy's Don't Quit" has almost become a bit cliche at this point in the season but there is certainly some truth to that statement. If you hang around a bad game long enough, the Sox often seem to find a way to make things interesting. It's made them more watchable this year than I was expecting. This mentality bodes well for the team once they close the talent gap with the rest of the American League. The South Siders send Derek Holland to the bump tomorrow against Jose Berrios in Game 2.

Game Notes-

-Jose Abreu was 4 for 4, 2RBI, 1BB. He continues to sting the baseball.

-Jorge Polanco has 13 career HRs. 9 of them are against the White Sox. 6 of them in the last 5 games between these two teams.

-Shields pitching line was 5.0IP, 4ER, 4R, 5BB.

 Try a different approach on Polanco tomorrow please.

submitted by Foulke You.

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