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White Sox fall, 9-2, in a game where very little went right

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels
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Well, no way around this one, this 9-2 Malachi Crunch of a Chicago White Sox loss to the Angels was ugly.

It can be spun a spot sunny by pointing out that Eloy Jiménez had seven total bases on a homer and a triple — but you’d also have to point out he jogged out of the box twice, on one just-barely oppo taco and another that was a long fly ball. Instead of talking about Eloy’s first career RBI triple, we could easily have spoken of his first inside-the-parker if Jiménez had just applied some of that patented Ricky Renteria hustle.

Tim Anderson could also get some plaudits, for another two-hit game (swelling his average to .330) — but then you’d also have to mention the rally-killing pickoff at second base, after he led off with a double in the fifth inning with the White Sox down just 4-1.

And that’s just about where the sun sets on this game. Yuck.

Dylan Cease, well, he did pitch five innings once again, so perhaps you can say that to the rookie’s credit, he doesn’t get knocked out of the box. However, this afternoon he yielded five earned over those five innings, two courtesy of home runs.

Ross Detwiler came in to mop up for the final three frames and managed to be worse, surrendering four earned on eight hits, and two more home runs.

This is one you want to simply turn the page on, and turn the White Sox will, to Minneapolis and Target Field. Chicago sneaks into Minny tonight and starts a three-game set tomorrow night, with Iván Nova on the bump against Kyle Gibson.