**David Robertson is on leave due to the passing of his father-in-law, we send our love and prayers during this time.
**Normally would you have the highlights from the game but I want to address an issue that I know is bothering all of us, John Danks. I like the guy and all but something needs to happen and it needs to happen now. We can’t keep putting him in with the way he is pitching. Yesterday was a better outing but it is not good enough. Send him to charlotte to get h is control issues worked out, something but it needs to happen before his spot in the rotation comes up again. As of yesterday we are 3 games ahead of Kansas City and we need to continue to build that lead, which we cant do if John is still allowed at this point.
**Game 2 with Carlos Rodon in the office
Another disappointing day to be honest. Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier with the mistakes that cost us the game. The only good point about yesterday was the news that Kansas City lost so the Sox are still 3 games on top of the American League Central.
**Game 3 with Mat Latos in the office.
I have no clue how in the world the boys pulled this one-off. Brett Lawrie you sir are a freak, an other homer. Between you and Todd Frazier getting the boys fired up we have gotten our moneys worth for you boys already. Moving Adam Eaton from center to right was a stroke of brilliance and I think Eaton’s arm has gotten better after the surgery. It is the later inning, roughly 6 to 9 where most of our runs are coming in, and it is great to see when 1 of the guys gets a hit it fires up the whole team. There is self belief there that was not last season. I really started to worry with the tie score but with Eaton and Sanchez on, Eaton’s speed would get him home but would he make it safe? With Abreu’s single, Eaton home for the 8 to 7 lead. It was up to Nate Jones to close the game. It would be up to him, I really like Nate and he has come back from a crap of a year and a half to be stronger than he was. He held his nerve and the Sox take the win 8 to 7
**Game 4 with Chris Sale in the office
I was not too worried about this one with Chris but, when I got the game on at 4:30am, Chris was not having a great day but he was doing what was needed. The 5th inning rolled around and the boys created ways to get on base and piled on 6 runs that inning. It felt like they were using the created energy to fuel the run scoring. The bottom of the 6th would see the only Baltimore run scored for the day. The top of the 9th would see the final Sox run added to the board. Brett Lawrie was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle today. David Robertson has returned from bereavement leave to work an inning to keep him fresh as the boys would close this one out.
** Final thoughts
Baseball is fun again. Simple way to put it. After a crappy starting schedule on the road it is finally a well deserved day off home in Chicago. There is a real vibe with this group, they are hungry and you can see it. They work hard, they like hanging out together, they arrive each day with the mindset of winning.
I hope the staff knows what they are doing with the John Danks issues, it is really hard to watch. I get that they are trying everything but maybe its time to give up and send him to Charlotte.
Enjoy your day off, see you at The Cell for the Sox Drawer battle when Boston Red Sox come for a 3 game series