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Offense impresses early, bullpen falters late

Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels
So, a guy walks into a bar and tells you Hector Santiago is going to strike Mike Trout out twice tonight, and you say, yeah, is there a punchline, and he says, yeah, the White Sox lose.
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Turnabout is fair play, and the same late flurry of runs that iced a 7-2 Chicago victory on Friday night shut the door on them Saturday, as the Angels’ four-spot in the seventh sunk the Sox, 6-5.

And here it is, your moment of non-Zen:

Yup, a bases-loaded walk from Evan Marshall provided the eventual game-winning tally. BASES LOADED WALK OFFENSE isn’t much fun even if it helps the White Sox, and when it provides the margin of loss, it downright sucks.

Which sort of explains Marshall’s night: He put an earned run on Jace Fry’s tab (and Fry was none too great, either), and finished with just one out recorded against two runs (none earned, courtesy of a Ryan Goins error), one hit, three walks and a K. Marshall was yoked with the double-whammy of blown save (fourth) and loss (now 3-2 on the season).

Up to the seventh, things were going pretty swimmingly for the White Sox.

Hector Santiago was bullpen-day effective in his second start with the big club, going 4 23 innings and giving up four hits, two earned, three walks, four Ks and two homers. No, neither of the homers was to Mike Trout — but two of the strikeouts were!

(Oh, but no worries, Trout did his damage, singling in two off of Marshall in the seventh to bring the Angels to within 5-4.)

Offensively, the White Sox did just enough to push out to a 5-1 lead into the third and hold a three-run lead for the balance of the game.

Eloy Jiménez had two hits, including his 21st home run of the season, which ties him with Alexei Ramírez for 10th place all-time among White Sox rookies.

(Watching Jason Benetti last night with Bill Walton, I saw for the first time how he consults the monitor on home runs rather than tracking the ball in flight. Now, I’m not dogging him at all, because a) most announcers probably do this and b) a shot like Eloy’s is out of the park quicker than you can say “Dick Allen,” but it does seem like the ball is never “GONE!” until it’s, yeah, well established as gone. I wonder if the delay has to do with the monitor consult. Anyway.)

Tim Anderson stayed hot in the two-spot (yay Ricky!), also with two hits, pushing his average to .329. Flip side, Welington Castillo, with at least three better options at Triple-A alone right now, went 0-for-4 with three Ks.

The White Sox try to escaped the rolling rocks tomorrow with a split, game time 3:07 p.m.