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Tanking in Texas

June 30th vs. the Texas Rangers


WSI Playdate Funtime:
Trivial Pursuit
When your opponent scores 13 runs, clearly your effort has been trivial.

Short Take:Though he started strong, Carlos Rodon couldn't hold back the Texas bats and the Sox bullpen let them roll right on through in a 13-4 loss.

It gets hot in Arlington. No surprise, since that part of Texas has a humid subtropical climate consisent with the U.S. Southern Plains. High temperatures are the norm, and that can make a baseball game a true endurance match.

"Endurance" is the key word here, as the Rangers beat the Sox 13-4 on one of those subtropical nights in central Texas. How is it we seem to be re-playing the same darkly comical movie most nights? Pitching (or lack therof) will give us a clue.

Carlos Rodon started tonight for the Dan Ryan Rebuilders. He came on strong, going 1-2-3 in the first inning and striking out the side in the second. In the third he gave up a solo homer to Joey Gallo, which was annoying but not a deal-breaker. But in the fourth he lost his concentration. Rodon had a runner on first and two outs with a 3-2 count on Rougned Odor, when he threw what should have been strike three but was called ball four. Some on-the-mound counseling did little to reduce Rodon's frustration, and he gave up another walk to load the bases, followed by a three-run double, bringing the score to 4-2 for the Not-So-Lone Rangers.

The Sox had picked up their two runs in the second on a string of hits off the enormous and ageless Bartolo Colon. But two runs were all they could muster until later, when Matt Davidon and Avi Garcia hit solo shots in the sixth and seventh, respectively.

Rodon held on through 5-1/3, and allowed a solo homer in the fifth to make it 5-2. After giving up two singles in the sixth, Rodon was replaced by a parade of bullpen occupants who threw batting practice for the next three innings. Eight more runs were allowed by this string of has-beens and never-will-be's to bring the final tally to 13-4.

The blown strike call in the fourth rattled Rodon, though it shouldn't have. As long as umpires are there, there will be blown calls, and Rodon will have to pitch around them. The plate umpire tonight was the insufferable Joe West, and as much as I would like to blame him for this loss, I can't. The White Sox bullpen did it without West's help. But his indifference to ball-strike accuracy in what turned out to be a pivotal situation should be added to his career-long legacy of ballpark contamination. He can't retire soon enough, and that's apparently what it will take, since the league seems happy to let him keep showing up.

But be of stout heart, my friends! Kannapolis' and Winston-Salem's cups runneth over with pitching prospects that give us hope that within a year or two the South Side bullpen will be a game-closing machine.

In the meantime we'll have to endure as we watch these guys melt through late innings in the subtropical Texas heat.

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Fun Da Mentalz:
It's a hot night and the Sox are ice cold.


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