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June 16: Astros 4, White Sox 3

The road trip and season woes for the White Sox continue, as the Palehose dropped another one-run game to the lowly Astros on Sunday afternoon. Once again, the Sox offense wasn’t timely enough, while Houston’s managed to get the key hits when they mattered more. Here’s a recap …


SANTIAGO’S START

Screwgie didn’t have great command today, and that became apparent in the second inning. While he struck out the side, he walked three and gave up two hits in that same frame, including a bases-clearing double off the bat of Matt Dominguez.

He wouldn’t let up another run the rest of the ballgame, and ended up just two outs shy of a quality start. However, the four walks proved what we already know about Hector: he’s dominant when he doesn’t walk guys, and he’s beatable when he does.


OFFENSE LEAVES SEVEN ON

Statistically, the offense didn’t look bad tonight. However, the team only got two hits with men in scoring position, and whenever someone came up with a chance to tie or take the lead, they failed.

Alejandro De Aza was the perfect example of this today, going 2-for-5 with a triple and a two-run home run. That’s great, but when he came up with the bases loaded down by one in the seventh, he had his worst at-bat of the game and struck out.

It’s just more of the same from the White Sox. They’d actually make for a god Dos Equis commercial right now … We don’t always hit, but when we do, it’s when it doesn’t matter.


THORNTON’S MISTAKE

Matt Thornton has had a terrific month, but he let up a pretty big two-run home run to Jason Castro in the seventh that pushed Houston’s lead from one to three.

Usually, it would be real easy to get mad at Thornton, but it seemed like he had everything working against him. His offense just gave ALL the momentum back to the Astros in the top half of the inning, failing to score with the bases loaded and one out.

As a White Sox reliever, he deals with that kind of pressure all the time, as his offense very rarely puts him or any other pitcher on the team in a position that’s easy to succeed. He’s been real solid lately, so he was probably due for a bad outing as well. It was a pretty big mistake and his job is to come in and get out the left-handed hitter, but the bullpen has been strong lately and cannot be expected to shut a team down every time.


AVOIDING A SWEEP

The Astros have a chance to sweep the White Sox Monday night when Jose Quintana opposes Bud Norris. Quintana has struggled lately, but has seemingly found a way in his past two starts to sill put his team in a position to win. Norris has been Houston’s best pitcher pretty much all season long.

I’ll be on a plane heading back to Chicago in the morning, so no more live tweeting from Houston for me. Maybe I was the bad luck here in Houston, but based on how this team has played all season long, I really doubt it’s me …

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