Baseball toils with my emotions like no other. Especially Chicago White Sox baseball. I have been a die-hard fan since the early 90’s when Frank Thomas was a rookie and have seen almost every game since 2005 because of my MLB.TV subscription I get every year. Yesterday in my blog post I went off on a bit of a tirade how I hate Cleveland. That still rings true today because I get pure joy when Chicago beat them like they did yesterday afternoon.
Scott Carroll, who had to leave the game with back stiffness after just five innings pitched was great. He allowed no runs on just two hits, both singles, walked one and struck out three. He had the ground ball working which is what he needs to do to win. It was great hearing Hawk Harrelson and Steve stone break that down a bit yesterday. I hope that Scott is ok and can get some much needed rest at this All-Star break and be ready to go when play resumes.
The Sox did not have their first hit until the 4th inning but it was a big one. After a walk to Alexei Ramirez, who also had to leave the game after the walk due to back stiffness, Jose Abreu came to the plate and launched a rocket into the seats in right field for his MLB-leading 29th homer on the season. I have not only been an advocate for Abreu for rookie of the year, but now I might have to begin the MVP talk. He is that good.
As for Ramirez I hope he is ok and is able to play in the All-Star game. It would be a shame to see the kind of year that he is having and not see him there. Yet if it comes to him getting well, I would rather he do some good for the team and get some rest. It did look pretty bad as I could see him stretching and grimacing very early on in the at bat.
In the 6th inning, Adam Dunn collected a key RBI single over the head of David Murphy in right to put the Sox up 3-0 before the bullpen had to come in for Carroll. Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless 6th, but loaded the bases in the 7th with only one out. Javy Guerra recorded a huge out getting Mike Avilas to fly out to left, and despite walking Jason Kipnis on four pitches to give the Indians a run, he was able to strike out Asdrubal Cabrera to end the threat. It was a fantastic job by Guerra even with the walk, he was very cautious with Kipnis as he should have been and did not let him do major damage.
Michael Brantley homered for the Tribe to lead off the bottom of the 8th to cut the lead to 3-2 off Eric Surkamp, but the Sox came right back with three huge runs in the 9th to put the game out of reach. Dayan Viciedo singled and was moved to second on a Conor Gillaspie double. Gordon Beckham then drove them both in on a rocket shot down the 3rd base line that was just fair. He would come in to score on a sacrifice-fly by Leury Garcia to put the Sox ahead 6-2.
Jake Petricka would pitch a 1-2-3 9th inning with some help on a great leaping grab by Garcia who had moved to shortstop earlier in the day due to the injury to Ramirez. It was a great game and a great day for baseball.
Today at 1:05pm the Chicago White Sox (45-50) will take on the Cleveland Indians (46-47) in the final game before the All-Star break. John Danks (8-6; 4.15 ERA) will take on Trevor Bauer (3-4; 4.23 ERA).
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
Sometimes you just need things to break your way.
On Wednesday night it looked like the Chicago White Sox would once again fall victim to a let down late in the game. John Danks had pitched very well. He had a 2-0 lead through the first seven innings and was doing very well. He had allowed just five hits, one walk and struck out eight batters up to that point. He then struck out the first batter in the 7th before allowing his first run of the game–a solo off the bat of David Freese.
Danks would continue on the mound into the 8th where he would strike out Mike Trout for his 10th K of the game before allowing a 2-out homer to Josh Hamilton to tie the game at 2-2. Danks would exit having allowed two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out 10 through 7 2/3 innings. Unfortunately for a no-decision.
The Sox two runs were scored in the 4th inning on a bases-loaded one-out single by Alexei Ramirez. Ramirez now has 41 RBI’s on the season and should undoubtedly be a starter in the All-Star game. But he won’t because the fans are going to vote for Jeter in his final MLB season.
The Sox had very few other chances to score as they did not get their first hit till the 4th inning on Adam Eaton’s lead-off single that did not leave the infield. That was followed by a double by Gordon Beckham and a walk to Jose Abreu to load the bases. Beckham should have had a hit early on as he hit a deep shot to left center which was robbed at the wall on a leaping grab by Josh Hamilton.
Beckham would add another hit with a single in the 6th and Paul Konerko would add a single in the 7th. Jose Abreu would also extend his hitting streak with a broken-bat single in the 8th yet nothing would come of it. Abreu has the longest current hitting streak in baseball at this time and the 17-straight games ties him with Alexei Ramirez who did the same thing earlier this season.
Zach Putnam would pitch a scoreless 1 1/3 innings striking out two and walking one in relief of Danks. The top of the 9th would end on a great strike ’em out, throw ’em out.
In the bottom of the 9th, with one out, the Sox would begin their rally. Alejandro De Aza and Conor Gillaspie would have back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners. Robin Ventura then decided to bring Leury Garcia in as a pinch-hitter for Moises Sierra. He had just one hit in his last 25 at-bats. But that didn’t stop him. Garcia would deliver with a single to left for the walk-off win as the Sox avoided the sweep at home.
After a day off yesterday, the Sox will begin a 3-game homestand over the 4th of July weekend against the Seattle Mariners (47-38). The game today begins at 7:10pm ET. Chris Sale (7-1; 2.30 ERA) will take the mound against Roenis Elias (7-6; 3.96 ERA). The Sox are 40-46 on the season and will try to have a solid last home stand before heading out on a 7-game road trip before the All-Star break.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
There used to be a tv show back in the 1970’s called “Eight is Enough”.
I am not old enough to have seen it, but it was a television comedy about a set of parents with eight children. For the White Sox, the last eight road losses that they have suffered may have caused more drama and pain than comedy, but that many losses on the road is certainly enough.
Jose Quintana pitched very well allowing just one run on six hits, walking three and striking out eight over seven innings. The only big mistake he made was a solo homer to Steve Pearce in the 6th. Other than that his command was very good. With that, he was able to get his 4th win of the year by a final of 4-2 and snap the Sox 5-game losing streak and 8-game road skid.
The Sox offense also helped out Quintana as they were able to collect 4 runs (3 earned) on 11 hits. Gordon Beckham hit his 7th homer of the season on a solo blast in the 1st and Alejandro De Aza and Tyler Flowers each had RBI singles in the game. Every Sox player had a hit on the night except for Adam Dunn.
It was a total team effort for the win. Bellisario collected just his 8th save on the season. Tonight the Sox will look for a series win as Hector Noesi (2-4; 4.37 ERA) takes on Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8; 4.63 ERA).
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
Going into Tuesday nights game, the Chicago White Sox were 33-37 overall and had lost 4 straight games. They now had to play two games against the team with baseball’s best record. The San Francisco Giants were 43-27 and had a overall .614 winning percentage. It looked on paper like no contest. But the White Sox had other ideas.
The White Sox were able to defeat the Giants 8-2 on Tuesday night to open the series. John Danks pitched very well as he battled against Giants ace pitcher Matt Cain. Danks allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits, walking three and striking out four over 6 1/3 innings. Cain on the other hand allowed eight runs (seven earned) on ten hits, walking one and striking out three over just five innings.
Danks was given some key runs from his offense in the victory, most of it coming with two outs. With the Giants ahead 2-0, Gordon Beckham hit a 2-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with 2 outs to tie the game in the 3rd inning. It was just Beckham’s 5th homer on the season.
The Sox then took the lead on a bases-loaded two out walk from Tyler Flowers to put them ahead. Adam Eaton drove in two more runs with a single to shirt and a throwing error by Brandon Crawford. Then after Adam Dunn’s RBI single with one out in the 5th, Dayan Viciedo went deep for a 2-run blast with two outs to put the Sox up 8-2. It was Viciedo’s 6th homer on the year thus far.
That was plenty of run support for Danks and the Sox bullpen who cruised to the victory from there.
On Wednesday afternoon the Sox went ahead early and held on for a 7-6 win. Chris Sale did well as he allowed three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out eight over six innings. He did not have his best stuff, but it was good enough on this day.
Tim Hudson for the Giants was roughed up by the White Sox offense. He allowed seven runs on 12 hits over just 4 2/3 innings. The Sox offense was led by Jose Abreu who hit his 20th homer on the season making him the 3rd fastest player to reach the 20-homer plateau in his rookie season in the majors. Adam Dunn also hit a homer, a 3-run blast, that propelled the offense. A two run RBI single by Tyler Flowers would cap the Sox runs on this day.
The Sox were ahead 7-3 when Sale left the game and despite the bullpen surrendering three runs, they held on for the win. The Sox now begin a huge 4-game set against the Minnesota Twins (32-38) on the road tonight.
The game begins at 8:10pm ET tonight with Jose Quintana (3-7; 3.98 ERA) pitching for the Sox. He has had some bad misfortune as of late but will look to turn that around. The Sox will face Yohan Pino who is making his MLB debut for the Twins tonight.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
Thank you Jose Abreu. Thank you.
Yesterday the Chicago White Sox were five outs away from being swept in Oakland. But when Jose Abreu, the major league leader in home runs, stepped to the plate I knew the Sox had a chance. On the 2nd pitch he saw with runners at the corners, Abreu launched a fastball deep to left field for a 3-run homer to put Chicago ahead 4-2 in the 8th. It was his 15th homer of the season thus far.
Before Abreu’s blast, the majority of the game had been a pitching duel. Tommy Milone of Oakland had thrown six solid innings, allowed just one run on five hits, walked none, hit one batter, and struck out four. In fact, the only big mistake he really made was on the first pitch of the game. Gordon Beckham took the first pitch he saw in the lead-off role deep to left to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. After that Milone held the White Sox in check.
For Chicago, Andre Rienzo also did very well. He pitched a solid 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, walking two, and striking out four. The only hits he allowed were two solo homers. John Jaso, just like Beckham did, hit a homer in the lead-off spot to tie the game at 1-1. Then in the 4th Josh Donaldson took Rienzo deep to right to give the A’s the lead. But Rienzo got the job done overall.
It was an interesting game to watch, although not many people seemed to be doing so. I didn’t begin watching till arriving home from work in the 6th inning, but from what I saw the stands were very empty on what was a beautiful day in Oakland, California. The A’s have a solid club, yet are having a hard time selling tickets. I did re-watch the game this morning on my MLB.TV subscription with my coffee. The attendance was listed at 18,035 for a stadium that can be expandable up to 55,945.
Seeing the tarp cover the upper deck or (Davis Hill) as it’s known to many baseball fans just looks bad. It does not look like a baseball stadium anymore thanks to Al Davis, former owner of the Oakland Raiders football team having to expand to hold more seats for football. I mean this team as Ken Harrelson mentioned on the CSN broadcast yesterday does not even televise day games in Oakland because no one wants to watch. No one goes to the game to see it either apparently. But enough of that. The White Sox have their own attendance issues as well.
Dan Otero pitched a scoreless frame for the A’s in the 7th and Rienzo recorded the first out in the bottom half of the 7th before exiting the game. He gave way to Scott Downs who got Josh Reddick to ground out and then Ronald Bellisario struck out Derek Norris to end the 7th.
In the 8th Fernando Abad entered the game for Oakland and that is when it fell apart for them. With one out in the frame, Gordon Beckham singled back up the middle and then Conor Gillaspie moved him to third with a single to left. Luke Gregerson entered the game to face Abreu and surrendered the lead on the second pitch he threw to the rookie slugger. It brought me to my feet in applause.
Ronald Bellisario remained on the mound for the Sox and retired all three batters he faced in the 8th. Then came Matt Lindstrom, who still am not settled with as the closer of this team. Lindstrom walked the lead-off batter and then allowed a single to Josh Donaldson. My thought was…not again. Yet Lindstrom was able to get Brandon Moss to ground into a HUGE double play. “Rack Em’ Up!!!” But it was not over just yet.
A dangerous hitter in Yoenis Cespedes came to the plate and I was still nervous. Cespedes made solid contact on a 1-2 pitch hitting a line drive to center field. Yet, Leury Garcia who was moved to center as a defensive substitution in the 8th, made a great play, diving in on the ball that was tailing downward toward the turf to make the catch. GAME OVAH!!! SOX WIN!!!
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Sox and a six-game winning streak for the A’s. The win moves the White Sox record to 20-22 as they have an off day today before heading to Houston to begin a 3-game weekend set with the Astros.
Last night was a glorious night. Not only did the Chicago White Sox(17-17) win 5-1 and take both games from the Chicago Cubs (11-20) at Wrigley Field, they were also able to get back to .500 and received contributions from lesser known sources in order to do so. It was beautiful. As a die-hard White Sox fan, their is nothing like beating the Chicago Cubs, even if the games are scheduled in early May and fall during the middle of the week.
Sox starter Hector Noesi made his second consecutive start and did a fine job throwing five solid innings. He allowed just one run on four hits, walked one and struck out six. Noesi arrived in Chicago with a 14.21 ERA and has made three appearances with the White Sox, two of them starts. Although he has no wins to show for it, over 10 innings of work he has lowered his ERA to 8.27 for the season. He has done what he has been asked to do.
Zack Putnam threw two more shut out innings in relief while striking out two batters. The combo of Noesi and Putnam matched the exploits of Edwin Jackson who threw seven solid innings allowing one run on six hits, walking none and striking out nine. The only runs scored through the first seven innings was on a ground ball force out off the bat of Alexei Ramirez in the 4th and an RBI single by Emilio Bonifacio in the 5th to tie the score.
Meanwhile, Gordon Beckham and Moises Sierra were locked in. Sierra, acquired of waivers earlier in the week had just two hits in 34 at bats with the Blue Jays in 13 games before coming to Chicago. He went 4-for-4 last night and scored a run.
Gordon Beckham also had four hits, including the biggest one of the game coming in the top of the 8th inning. His 4th hit on the night left the yard to put the White Sox ahead 2-1 with two outs in the 8th.
Scott Downs pitched a shutout inning in the bottom half of the 8th as he struck out two batters while the Sox added three more runs in the 9th on an RBI double by Tyler Flowers and a 2-run double from Jordan Danks. Daniel Webb then threw a scoreless 9th for the win. It is the Sox first 3 game winning streak of the season due in large part to the bullpen finding its way. Over the last 58 2/3 innings covering 10 games, the bullpen has given up just 10 earned runs.
It was also cool to see the Cubs organization in a very classy move, present Paul Konerko with the #14 from the Wrigley field scoreboard before the game began. This being Paulie’s final season in baseball, he deserves to be honored and I applaud the Cubs for doing so.
Tonight at 8:10pm ET the Sox and Cubs will now both travel to U.S. Cellular Field to finish the Crosstown Cup on the South Side of Chicago. John Danks (2-2; 5.00 ERA) will take on Travis Wood (2-3; 3.35 ERA) as the Sox will look to climb above .500 on the season.
For the White Sox to be at .500 right now is fantastic. Especially since they have played 27 of their first 32 games against 2013 playoff teams. Let’s hope they can take advantage of their next few games against teams like the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Astros.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!