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White Sox collect two wins in one day

Yesterday was a fantastic day to be a Chicago White Sox fan.  They collected not one,but two wins over a division opponent on Sunday afternoon.

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Picking up in the 9th inning where the suspended game with Kansas City left off, White Sox closer David Robertson began the game on the mound in the top of the 9th inning.  In that inning, Robertson retired all three men he faced, striking out all three batters.  He continues to be an amazing signing for the Sox.

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In the bottom of the 9th, with two outs, Melky Cabrera drew a walk.  After a wild pitch where Cabrera moved into scoring position I could sense the win coming.  The Royals intentionally walked Jose Abreu to bring Avisail Garcia to the plate.  After the first pitch where Garcia fouled the ball straight back, Hawk Harrelson pointed out on the broadcast that there was a big gap in left center as the Royals were shading to the right.

Garcia then took an inside fastball and stayed inside on it, hitting the ball to the open gap in left center that allowed the White Sox to walk off with the 3-2 win in the first game.

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In the 2nd game, John Danks pitched very well despite giving up three runs on five hits over six innings.  Danks struck out six batters on the day and walked just one.  Danks was down 3-0 going into the bottom of the 6th when the White Sox rallied.

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Edison Volquez, who was pitching under appeal of his suspension in Thursday’s brawl, was virtually unhittable through the first five  1/3 innings.  Then with one out, the rally began.  Adam Eaton singled with a line drive to center, then Melky Cabrera drew a walk, before a wild pitch moved Eaton to third.  Jose Abreu then reached on an error by Mike Moustakas that could have ended the inning on a double play.  Eaton would score to cut the lead to 3-1.  Adam LaRoche then singled to center to cut the lead to 3-2 and put runners at 1st and 2nd.  After a hard single by Avisail Garcia to load the bases, Alexei Ramirez would come to the plate.  But yet he would strike out to leave it up to Conor Gillaspie to try and tie the game.  Gillaspie on a 2-1 count would go right with a fastball on the inside corner hitting a line drive down the right field line to score two runs and put the Sox ahead 4-3 and knock Volquez out of the game.  Jason Frasor would then enter the game and allow an RBI single off the bat of Tyler Flowers to right field giving the Sox a 5-3 lead.

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Jake Petricka would pitch a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 7th.  He would stay on the mound and allow a lead off double in the 8th before being replaced by Zach Duke.  Duke would get the first two outs before Eric Hosmer would step to the plate.  Hosmer would crush a first pitch fastball to deep left that appeared to be a game tying 2-run homer off the bat.  However, Melky Cabrera would make an amazing play at the wall leaping up and making the catch robbing Hosmer of a homer.

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David Robertson who had already pitched earlier in the day, came in for the 9th inning and despite allowing two singles, Robertson would get the save and secure the White Sox 2nd win of the day.  What a great day to be a Sox fan!

Tonight at 7:05pm ET the Chicago White Sox (8-9) will begin a 3-game set with the Baltimore Orioles (9-10).  Hector Noesi (0-2; 5.23 ERA) will face off against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1; 2.30 ERA).  The the Sox rotation for the rest of the series is yet to be determined as Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzjia are appealing their five game suspensions and a ruling is yet to be determined.

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

White Sox drop two out of three against Royals

Well, the Chicago White Sox (69-83) were unable to play the role of spoiler this week.  Although they came awfully close and probably should have done so.

Monday night’s game was rough.

Early on it was perhaps one of the more enjoyable games I have watched this season.  The Sox took an early 3-0 lead and John Danks pitched maybe his best game on the season against  a good Royals team.

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Avisail Garcia’s RBI single in the 1st gave Chicago the quick lead.  They then added to it in the 3rd thanks to a wild-pitch by James Shields with runners on 2nd and 3rd.  That was followed by a Conor Gillaspie RBI single to put the Sox ahead 3-0.

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John Danks meanwhile pitched six scoreless innings, allowing no runs on just two hits, walking four and striking out six while throwing 103 pitches.  Then it all went to crap.

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Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam each surrendered a run in the 7th and 8th respectively and the lead was cut to 3-2 going into the bottom of the 9th.  I could just feel it.  Jake Petricka, who has been very good, was due for a blown save.  It happened.  He blew his 4th save of the season surrendering two runs on three hits.

Jarrod Dyson who had replaced Mike Moustakas who doubled with one out was on 2nd with two outs.  Dyson, then stole 3rd base and scored on a wild pitch by Petricka to tie the game.  After a Nori Aoki double, he was replaced by Terrence Gore who would score the winning run on an infield single. It was just sick.

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On Tuesday, the Sox did bounce back with a 7-5 victory.  Conor Gillaspie was the hero with his 3-run triple in the 7th inning that put the Sox ahead.  This time they held on for the win.  Despite the Sox using six pitchers as starter Chris Bassitt struggled, they still got the win as the Royals were worse as they used nine pitchers in this game.

The 4 hour and 16 minute game was the longest 9-inning game in the history of the Royals home park.

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Last night, Chris Sale had by far his worst outing of the season as he allowed five runs on nine hits walking two and striking out six over just five innings.  That led to a 6-2 Sox loss.

They had the day off today before beginning a 3-game set in Tampa Bay against the Rays.  The game tomorrow night begins at 7:10pm ET.  Jose Quintana (8-10; 3.30 ERA) will take on Jeremy Hellickson (1-3; 3.63 ERA).  Hopefully,Paul Konerko will make his return from injury for the final 10 games of the season and of his career.

LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!

Swept by the Yankees

The Chicago White Sox (59-71) are now losers of six straight games and have suffered two straight series sweeps. They are also 6-15 in the month of August after being 53-56 before the month began. They are also now at a season low 12 games under .500 on the season. Robin Ventura’s job may be in serious jeopardy if he keeps this up. He may not even be around to see the fruits of all the labor that Rick Hahn has put in since becoming GM as many, including myself, are expecting the White Sox to contend next season and beyond.

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On Friday Jose Abreu gave the White Sox an early 3-0 lead as he hit his 33rd homer on the season. He still leads all of baseball with 94 RBI’s thus far on the season and is 2nd in home runs behind Nelson Cruz (34). His OPS is 2nd only to Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins (.969).

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The lead however would not last. Starter John Danks surrendered three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out four for a no-decision.

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Despite getting 3 hits from Carlos Sanchez who went 3-for-4 with a run scored as he replaced the traded Gordon Beckham, the White Sox were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

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Daniel Webb surrendered the walk-off single in the 9th for the loss.

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On Saturday the White Sox lost 5-3. Scott Carroll allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, walking three and striking out none over six innings. The bullpen got a lift from Matt Lindstrom who had by far his best outing since returning from the DL as he threw two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a base-runner. Yet it was not enough.

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The Sox received RBI’s from Abreu, Sanchez and Ramirez yet were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base as they were not able to rally.

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Today the White Sox were swept in a 7-4 loss in 10 innings. The White Sox did rally to tie the game as they were down 4-3 in the 9th but lost in extra innings on a 3-run homer by Brian McCann.

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Avisail Garcia hit a game tying homer in the 9th off closer David Robertson but it was not enough. It was also great to see the Yankees pay respect to Paul Konerko before the game, but I would have loved to see this one end in a White Sox win.

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Chris Sale received a no-decision as he did great early on. The Sox were actually ahead early in this one. Alexei Ramirez in a rare leadoff role hit a solo homer to begin the game. The Sox scored two more runs in the top of the 6th on Conor Gillaspie’s 2-run blast for a 3-0 lead.

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Sale had allowed no runs, two hits and one walk through the first 5 1/3 innings. Then Dayan Viciedo made an error on a routine fly ball that allowed Martin Prado to get to 2nd base on a ball he should have caught. The next batter, Mark Teixeira doubled to put the Yankees on the board with the unearned run. After eventually loading the bases on two walks, with two outs Zelous Wheeler was hit by a pitch. Ichiro Suzuki then singled to right scoring two runs to put the Yankees ahead as they would win the game in extras.

The White Sox will have a day off tomorrow and then try to get back on track as they start a 3-game set with the Cleveland Indians (66-63). Jose Quintana (6-10; 3.25 ERA) will face T.J. House (2-3; 3.80 ERA).

LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!

Gillaspie’s Grand Slam lifts White Sox

Talk about a fast start.

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Scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning propelled the Chicago White Sox to a series victory as they held on to win 7-5 over the Toronto Blue Jays. After the White Sox fell behind very early on an umpire reviewed home plate collision that put Toronto ahead 1-0, the White Sox responded with six runs. That is a way to respond boys!

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Alejandro De Aza led off the bottom of the first with a single and then stole 2nd base with one out. With two outs, the rally would begin as Adam Dun would have a great seven pitch at-bat to draw a walk. Avisail Garcia would also draw a walk to load the bases. That brought up Conor Gillaspie. Gillaspie, hitting over .300 coming coming into the game is not known for his power but his contact. Yet on this day, all he had to do was make good contact and the ball would fly. He did just that on a 2-2 pitch sending it deep into the left field seats for a Grand Slam and his 5th homer on the season.

The Sox would get two more runs as Gordon Beckham singled and then scored on Jordan Danks 2nd homer of the season. Danks would add yet another RBI with a key sacrifice-fly in the bottom of the 6th.

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The run support would be just enough for Scott Carroll and the White Sox bullpen. Carroll would allow five runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Webb who came into relieve Carroll did allow two singles, but was able to strike out Melky Cabrera with the lead in tact.

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After Webb remained in the game in the 7th, retiring one batter and walking another, Eric Surkamp came on to get the final two outs of the 7th inning in order. Zach Putnam would throw a scoreless 8th and Jake Petricka would throw a scoreless 9th despite loading the bases with two walks and a single with just one out.

The Sox now begin a 3-game home stand tonight with the Baltimore Orioles before having a day off on Thursday before traveling to New York. Chris Sale (10-2; 2.01 ERA) will pitch tomorrow against Bud Norris (10-7; 3.75 ERA). LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!

Gillaspie delivers in 10th for White Sox win

The losing streak is…OVAH!!!

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Last night in a 10 inning affair, the Chicago White Sox (56-62) snapped a 4-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners (61-55). After an error by Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor extended the top of the 10th, Conor Gillaspie delivered home the eventual winning run with an RBI single to right field off All-Star closer Fernando Rodney. Jordan Danks also deserves some big credit in stealing 2nd base and getting into scoring position to score the winning run before the error.

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Hector Noesi pitched fantastic as he did not all a hit till Kendrys Morales singled with two outs in the 4th moving Robinson Cano, who reached on a throwing error by Gordon Beckham, to third base. Cano would come around to score on an RBI double by Kyle Seager to put the Mariners ahead 1-0. Noesi would walk the next batter but get Logan Morrison to ground out to first base to end the inning.

Noesi would allow just three other singles in the game as he dominated his former team allowing just one run (unearned) on five hits, walking one and striking out four through 7 1/3 innings.

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The bullpen did well last night too a Javy Guerra, Eric Surkamp, and Jake Petrika combined to throw 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball with Petricka earning his 8th save as Surkamp got the win.

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The White Sox tied the game at 1-1 off big James Paxton in the 7th inning. Jose Abreu doubled to left to lead off the inning and then scored one batter later on a RBI double by Alexei Ramirez down the left field line. In the game the White Sox collected hit after hit, but were unable to drive many runs home until Gillaspie delivered in the 10th.

The White Sox with the win today will salvage a split with the Mariners and have their first back-to-back win streak since winning on July 31st and August 1st. John Danks (9-7; 4.93 ERA) takes the hill against Erasmo Ramirez (1-5; 4.35 ERA) at 4:10pm ET. Danks has really struggled as of late. Over his last 4 starts (21 innings) he has gone 1-1 with a 10.29 ERA. Allowing 24 runs on 33 hits with 9 homers allowed. Opponents are hitting .371 over that span against Danks. Hopefully he turns that around today.

LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!

Error and lack of hitting leads to loss

Sometimes you just know your team well. I told my roommate before the game began: “Don’t be surprised if the White Sox lose tonight. They have been playing really bad lately.” He’s not much of a baseball fan and didn’t last past the 2nd inning in watching it. I decided to torture myself however and watched most of the game till I was just too tired and the outcome had been decided. Since the game did not begin till 10:10pm here on the east coast I knew it would be a late one. Three beers in and a 4-1 deficit going into the 7th inning I knew it was over so I went to bed. I am a bit surprised that it was the same score when I awoke this morning because our bullpen has been so terrible, yet I am not surprised that the White Sox lost because the offense has been non-existent as well.

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Jose Quintana had one bad inning, giving up four runs (two earned) in the 5th and that was enough because he once again had little to no run support. He pitched just 5 2/3 innings allowing the four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four while throwing 93 pitches.

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The White Sox did have a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo homerun by Dayan Viciedo in the top of the 4th, but that was all the runs they would score as they collected just six hits on the night and leaving four runners on base. It did not help that Adam Eaton left the game after his first at-bat as he was clearly not 100% and still hurting from crashing into the wall at U.S. Cellular field over the weekend.

The bullpen did surprisingly well as Ronald Bellisario pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings allowing just two hits and striking out two. They also received a much needed boost from Zach Putnam who returned from the DL and threw a scoreless 8th inning.

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Yet once again the lack of offense and a costly error cost the Sox. This one was by Conor Gillaspie that led to the Mariners big inning. A leadoff walk and then a missed pop-up by Gillaspie put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Gillaspie, who has been hitting well, has a team-high 11 errors on the season. Mike Zunino followed the error with a 3-run homer. It clearly rattled Quintana who allowed two more singles before retiring the first out of the inning on a sacrifice-bunt. After an intentional walk to Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales hit a sac-fly to right to score another run before the last out of the frame was recorded.

Outside of Viciedo’s homer, all the White Sox other hits were singles and they never got a runner to 2nd base on the night. Tonight at 9:10pm ET Hector Noesi (6-7; 4.43 ERA) will go up against one of his former teams. Noesi did get a win against the Mariners back on July 6th. He will face off against James Paxton (2-0; 2.76 ERA) who has recently returned from a 3 1/2 month stint on the DL.

The White Sox will be trying to snap a skid where they have lost six of their last seven games and have become losers in four straight contests.

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Sale continues spectacular pitching

Sometimes a story or a movie gets old if you have heard or seen it before. Yet just like your favorite stories that you have heard from a parent or a grandparent that have been passed down, they become a part of you. They grow bigger. They become legend. And sometimes even though you may have seen a movie 100 times, you can always watch it. You come back to it when you are feeling bad and need a laugh or just to make your day better. It becomes a classic.

Chris Sale continues to dominate baseball this season every time he steps out on the mound and I am enjoying and appreciating every second of it. His dominance can seem like old news. It can seem as if you may have heard this story before or seen the movie millions of times. Yet that is why you need to be appreciative of what you are seeing.

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Sale dominated the Twins yesterday throwing eight scoreless innings. He allowed just five hits, two walks and struck out 12 batters to improve his record to 10-1 on the season. Sale posted a season high in strikeouts in this one. It is his 15th game in his career where he has posted 10 or more strikeouts moving him into a tie with Juan Pizarro on the White Sox all-time list. He now only trails Ed Walsh who had 17 such games.

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The offense gave plenty of support to Sale as they scored seven runs on 14 hits and were 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Every player had a hit except Dayan Viciedo who went 0-for-5 on the day with two strikeouts. Conor Gillaspie had 3 hits and scored twice, Adam Eaton, Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko and Tyler Flowers each had two hits in the game and all of them scored once. Ramirez and Flowers each drove in a pair of runs. Jose Abreu, Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham each had one hit, and drove in a run.

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Daniel Webb pitched a scoreless 9th inning in relief of Sale who had thrown 110 pitches. The Sox improve to 51-54 as they try to get back to .500 on the season.

Today at 2:10pm ET Scott Carroll (4-6; 4.52 ERA) will take on Yohan Pino (1-3; 4.64 ERA). LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!