Jackie Robinson day.
It is one of the best days in the Major League Baseball season. For all that Bud Selig can be criticized for, he got this one right. It is so cool to see all the players on the field wearing number #42. The day is filled with stories, pictures, videos and pageantry. It is so much more than just the game on the field.
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On the field, the Sox did not play well. After retiring the first six batters, Danks got in some trouble in the middle innings as in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings Danks allowed four runs on six hits, walked two batters and was pulled before the 5th inning was over. That early deficit was too much to overcome.
The Sox did get two runs in the sixth off an Alexei Ramirez ground out and a J.B.Shuck RBI single, but that is all they would get on this day as they would fall 4-2. The Sox were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
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Adam Eaton, who continues to struggle at the plate, was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. In fact Eaton, Cabrera and Abreu, the 1-2-3 hitters combined to go 1-for-15 with six strikeouts and leaving eight runners on base.
Yesterday afternoon I was hoping to watch a Chicago White Sox victory with Chris Sale on the mound. Sale has been dominant this season thus far and yesterday I expected no different.
Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone were even broadcasting the game from the “K Zone” the area of the ballpark where the Chris Sale fans sit with red “K Zone” t-shirts and signs to hold each time Sale gets a strikeout.
Sale was dominant. He struck out nine batters over six innings and only allowed three hits while walking two. Unfortunately one of those hits was a two run homer by Adam Rosales that led to a 3-1 White Sox defeat.
In the 2nd inning Sale left a fastball up in the zone which Rosales did not miss and he crushed it over the right-center field wall. On the play, Adam Eaton was sprinting full speed for the ball and misjudged the distance between him and the wall and crashed face first right into it at full speed. He would have to leave the game due to a bruised lower back. The x-rays taken after the game were negative.
Rosales homered again to lead off the 7th off reliever Daniel Webb.
And although Dayan Viciedo got the run right back in the bottom half of the frame, the Sox were unable to get any closer. they did have chances yet Alexei Ramirez being picked off in the 1st inning, Alejandro De Aza being doubled off in the 3rd, and the Sox grounding into two double plays did not help. Jose Abreu had chances as well as he had a runner in 2nd in the 6th and 8th innings but was unable to come through in either chance as he went 0-for-4 on the day.
The loss drops the Sox to 55-60 on the season. They will begin a 4-game series with the Seattle Mariners (59-54) tonight in Seattle at 10:10pm ET as Scott Carroll (4-6; 4.36 ERA) faces off against Roenis Elias (8-9; 4.19 ERA). Adam Eaton is listed as day-to-day and probably will not play tonight.
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
Tyler Flowers needs to keep wearing his “magic glasses.” Superstitions are all over baseball. From eating the same meal before a game, wearing the same clothes (including underwear) during a winning streak, to batting routines and stances.
The stats bear out an amazing trend since Flowers began wearing glasses on July 9th, 2014. He has become a much better hitter. I will be the first to admit that at the beginning of the season I was confused and angry that the White Sox resigned Flowers to his new deal. The guy was a carrer .200 hitter from 2009-2013. In 2014 he began the season much the same batting .219 on the season through July 8th.
His career stats to that point were 267 games played batting 159-for-771 (.206) with 27 homers and 79 RBI and a .278 OBP. In his last 18 games played since July 9th when he began wearing the glasses instead of contacts, he has went 23-for-59 (.390 average) with 3 homers and 13 RBI and a .438 OBP. That averages out to hitting over .300 with 27 homers and 117 RBI over a 162 game season. The “magic glasses” are working! Keep wearing them Tyler!
Last night, in a rain shortened game, Flowers was 3-for-3 with a triple in the 3rd inning with a run scored, a solo homer in the 5th, and a 2-run single in the 6th that put the White Sox ahead. He was a double short of the cycle, but never got his chance after the game was called in the 7th due to rain.
That’s ok though because the White Sox won 5-3 and they did not have to use any of their terrible bullpen. Hector Noesi threw all seven innings allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, walking three and striking out six while throwing 104 pitches.
The White Sox were down 3-0 early, but rallied behind Flowers and Company. After Flowers triple, which initially looked like a home run but was upheld on replay, Adam Eaton would walk, he would then steal 2nd base and after a walk to Alexei Ramirez, both Eaton and Flowers would score on a single by Jose Abreu to cut the lead to 3-2. That gives Abreu, who was named Rookie and Player of the month for July 86 RBI’s on the season which leads all of baseball. He is also hitting .307 on the season.
Flowers and his “magic glasses” would tie the game at 3-3 leading off the bottom of the 5th with a line drive rocket into the seats in left for his 8th homer on the season.
In the 6th with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs the Sox had a huge chance to take the lead. After some terrible swings by Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza the Sox now needed another clutch hit from Flowers. He delivered with a single to center to score a pair of runs and give Chicago the lead for good as the downpour came.
In the game the White Sox collected 10 hits, one of those being a single by Adam Eaton in the 1st inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base safely in 21 straight. The Sox caught a huge break not having to use their bullpen tonight. Let’s hope they can get it together soon.
Tonight at 8:10pm John Danks (9-6; 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against Colby Lewis (7-8; 5.98 ERA). Danks, who was not traded at the deadline, still may be claimed off waivers at some point this month. So he will be pitching with an uncertain future for awhile.
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
There may not have been a worse day in the 2014 season for the Chicago White Sox then yesterday. Overall, despite their 21-24 record the season has been very successful thus far. Yet, yesterday was painful in more ways than one. And the 8-2 loss to Houston may have been the least painful of it all.
Before the game even began the White Sox announced that Jose Abreu, the major league leader in home runs, and a clear candidate for Rookie of the Year will be placed on the 15-day DL and there is no timetable for when he will return. If you have watched any White Sox games recently, you may have noticed a significant limp in left leg. Due to an ankle injury he has had for quite some time, the White Sox made the right (yet painful) call to sit him for awhile. The injury has not gotten any better and has in fact become worse. Abreu has played the last few games at DH in hopes that the issue would resolve itself. It hasn’t so he will be resting for awhile.
Abreu is too valuable to have hurt for any length of time. Especially with all the other injuries the Sox have had. I don’t have to name them again do I? In a small bit of good news, Adam Eaton was recalled from the DL and returned to the Sox lineup. That was about all the good news the Sox delivered yesterday.
John Danks preceded to get destroyed by the Astros in a 8-2 loss. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits, walking three and striking out seven in just 4 1/3 innings. He left numerous pitches over the plate leading to three Houston home runs. He threw 107 pitches and was very ineffective.
Losing 2 out of 3 to the Astros and starting out this nine game road trip with a 2-4 record is not good. Now the Sox have to travel to play division foe Kansas City (22-21) who always seem to have their number. Scott Carroll (1-3; 5.24 ERA) will start for the White Sox while Jason Vargas (4-1; 3.00 ERA) will start for the Royals. The game begins at 8:10pm ET as Carroll will try to end this funk that he and his team are in and prove he deserves consideration for a spot in the starting rotation.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!