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Old 07-21-2013, 05:35 PM
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Taking two of three in two consecutive series against first-place teams, the Sox have been playing much better baseball. Unfortunately, the series bookended losing two of three extra-inning games in Philadelphia.

The Braves in the last two games looked like the White Sox in a lot of their losses this year, but the defense has shown up strong, playing as it is capable. Countless times this year I've wondered how the Sox can't score with a runner on third, even the bases loaded and no one out, and today the Braves wasted more scoring opportunites than the Sox had all day.

After a two-out RBI single to the left side of second by Dunn, something I would have liked to see more of this year, the difference offensively was Rios, once putting a ball in play over a drawn-in infield and also scoring after reach first without any hits behind him, stealing second and advancing on two fly balls.

But, of course, three runs were enough today because Keppinger saved two with a great play at second and Wells saved two with a catch in the eighth. As has been the case with the Sox sometimes before the break, wasting opportunities involved strong defense by the opposition. It's nice to see some of that from the Sxo in a season where the defense has provided more scoring opportunites than they have saved.

It must have been a fun day on the banks of the Dan Ryan.
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