Last night’s game was over before it even began. By the end of the second inning, the Sox were down by five runs and Dylan Axelrod was off to the showers. Sometimes, it happens the starter just doesn’t have it. Unfortunately for Dylan, the lack of offense all season pretty much meant there was no fighting back to a respectable showing or even a win.
However, in the blowout, perhaps we got to see what the team will look like soon. Late in the game, there were a number of substitutions that game the team a very different look than fans are used to seeing. To start the game, there were the usual suspects mostly with Alex Rios in RF, Alejandro De Aza in LF, Jeff Keppinger at 1st base, Bacon at 2nd, Alexei Ramirez at SS and Conor Gillaspie at 3rd base. Josh Phegley was starting behind the plate since he was called up from Charlotte earlier in the day and Blake Tekotte started in CF as he was also called up.
When substitutions were made, Bacon got his first appearance as a major league player at short stop, Casper Wells was playing right field and Brent Morel came in to play first base while Keppinger was moved to second base. It was a different looking defense for sure. Not that it made much of a difference. The Sox did put up three runs with two of them coming in the ninth inning. Bacon’s move to short also ended a streak that Alexei had of playing every inning of every game this season. He was the only player who had done so.
Today, we might see this or something else different in the game with Chris Sale on the hill for the Sox. It sure would be nice if the Sox gave him some run support. Of course, when you see the different look, you might just weep because there is no power whatsoever to do any kind of damage. What do you think of the look late in the game last night? Think that we might be seeing a lineup like that often?