The Sox came close, but we all know that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. John Danks had one bad inning, but it was enough to send the Sox to their 70th loss of the year. Danks only allowed 6 hits total, but Minnesota bunched 3 of them together in the 3rd inning when they scored 4 times. The Sox still took 3 of 4 from the Twinkies, but lost today 5-4.
If the Sox had any clutch hitting at all, they would’ve walked away with an easy victory. Here’s how it went:
1st: 2 on, no runs
2nd: 2 on, no runs
3rd: 2 on, no runs
6th: bases loaded, 1 run
7th: 2 on, no runs
8th: man on 3rd, 2 out, Rios k’s
I mention that last one because of Rios’ reaction after his strike out. Did you see it? He snapped the bat over his knee, then slammed the two parts to the ground. I’m sure he was angry, not just about that at bat, but also about the inning ending double play he bounced in to in the 3rd. Just a rough season for Rios.
Sox are 11th in the AL in hitting with runners in scoring position.
Really nice performance from another kid pitcher for the Sox. This time, it was Dylan Axelrod making his major league debut, by pitching 2 innings of scoreless relief. They haven’t always been great, but the Sox have an impressive collection of arms in the pen.
I should mention Alexei Ramirez made an amazing over the shoulder, sliding catch in the 8th inning. Sometimes it appears that Ramirez has eyes in the back of his head.
The Sox introduced their other new player on Wednesday. His name is….ahhh…Omar something…Joking, but Omar Vizquel did make only his 2nd appearance in the past 7 days.
Do I need to keep updating how many games the Sox trail the Tigers. Right now it stands at 9.
Sox start a 4 game series tomorrow against the fading Indians. Gavin Floyd and David Huff are the scheduled pitchers.