The followed-from-work recap:
*James Shields dropped to 5-15 on the season, giving up seven runs over 6⅔ innings. Part of it was poor execution, part of it was taking a beating to spare a bullpen that had to cover for short starts in two of the previous four games.
*He fell behind 2-0 in the fourth, even though he came close to defusing a rally when he picked Nicholas Castellanos off third base when the Tigers had runners on second and third and nobody out. Alas, Ronny Rodriguez got around on an inside-corner cutter for a ground-rule double, and a sac fly brought home a second run.
*Shields then gave up three solo shots in the sixth inning that closed the door on the game.
*The Sox had some traffic against Matthew Boyd, but it didn’t help that they ran the bases poorly. Yolmer Sanchez was picked off first, and then when Sanchez did successfully circle the bases, the run didn’t count because Tim Anderson was thrown out at third — by plenty — before Sanchez touched the plate.
*As it stood, Jose Rondon’s two-run blast off Louis Coleman drove in the only runs. The Sox have now homered in 15 straight games.
*Ryan Burr made his MLB debut, and he won points with management by being the only reliever needed. He struck out Mikie Mahtook to strand one of Shields’ runners to end the seventh, then pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with another strikeout.
Record: 48-79 | Box score
Without today’s game factored in, Avi now at 0.0 fWAR.
Rondon with 4 Home Runs in Chicago and 18 in AAA, in 103 games. Yolmer with 7 in 123 games.