Defending World Series champs helpless against Scott Carroll

If we take the last two weeks of play as representative, the White Sox rotation is absolutely aces, and Dayan Viciedo is a power-slugging monster. But I'm still not sure if that provides solace to the Red Sox, who were non-existent in an easy-breezy 4-0 romp in Fenway Park.

Scott Carroll, fresh off getting obliterated his last two times out, allowed two walks and one measly soft A.J. Pierzynski single over 6.2 innings. While he sidestepped punishment with some of the best sinking action his stuff has shown in weeks, Carroll was backed by huge bombs the Sox launched off Clay Buchholz's standard issue collection awful mistakes.

Adam Dunn led off the second inning by blasting a hanging cutter over the right field bullpen to give the Sox an early 1-0 advantage, and Dayan Viciedo delivered the death blow on another two-strike cutter floating over the outer half at 89 mph. Now slugging over .800 the last nine games, Viciedo showed off some of his plus-raw power and cranked a park-silencing bomb into the right-center seats.

The Sox aren't in a position to turn aside any offensive help, but they also wouldn't need it. Carroll struck out five while handing the game over to Javy Guerra with two outs in the seventh, and he combined with Zach Putnam to put together 2.1 scoreless innings. The Red Sox had two hits all night.

Naturally, just a couple of weeks after bottoming out and securing their fate as sellers, the Sox snap into their most encouraging play of the season. They're preventing runs like a real MLB team and getting frequent non-Jose Abreu contributions. The Red Sox, however....eeesh. Last year was great, guys.


Box Score

Team Record: 43-47

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