Seven games is a lot in baseball. And for the Chicago White Sox who have had a terrible month of August, this most recent losing streak could not have ended soon enough. It had been well over a week since the White Sox won a game. August 17th in fact with a 7-5 win over Toronto was the last time that it occurred. So when Chicago ended the game last night with a slim 3-2 victory, the whole team had to breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Jose Abreu, the clear Rookie of the Year candidate and the team MVP led the charge going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s on the night. That puts Abreu’s total to 96 on the season. Down 1-0 in the 3rd inning with two outs and Adam Eaton on 3rd base, Abreu drove in the first run of the game and then scored on a double by Adam Eaton to put Chicago ahead 2-1.
Then with the game tied at 2-2 in the 7th, runners were at the corners. Cleveland could have walked Abreu and pitched to either Dunn or Konerko with the bases loaded. Instead the Indians decided to pitch to Abreu who delivered what would be the winning run back into center field.
Hector Noesi allowed two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five. Javy Guerra pitched a great 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit, hitting one batter and striking out one. Zach Putnam came in to face one batter and retire that man leading to the win.
Tonight, John Danks (9-8; 4.96 ERA) will close out this 3-game series against Carlos Carrasco (5-4; 3.14 ERA).
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
The losing streak is…OVAH!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!!
Chris Sale was absolutely amazing yesterday afternoon in the final game of a 3-game set against the San Diego Padres. Sale not only led the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory, he did it in dominating fashion. Sale pitched his 6th complete game of his brief young career as he is on his way to becoming one of the most dominating pitchers of his time. Yes I said it. It’s going to happen.
Yesterday Sale threw a nine inning complete game gem, allowing just one run on two hits, walking none and striking out nine. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Chase Headley in the 5th which was followed by a Tommy Medica single. That would be the last base runner Sale would allow on the day as he would retire the next and final 14 batters he faced on the day.
This season, Sale has pushed his record to 5-0 on the season with a 1.59 ERA in seven starts. He has 52 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings this season. He has the lowest ERA as a starter in the AL. Right behind him are some of the best pitchers in the AL right now in Mark Buehrle (10-1; 2.10 ERA), Yu Darvish (5-2; 2.08 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (8-1; 2.06 ERA) who are all vying for a All-Star game start and a CY Young award.
One of Sale’s older teammates, Paul Konerko, helped him get a victory yesterday too. Konerko hit his 3rd homer of the season and 437th of his career to put the Sox ahead 1-0 in the second. And in the bottom of the 6th with the Sox ahead 2-1 thanks to a Tyler Flowers homer in the bottom of the 5th, Konerko added some insurance runs as he drove home two more with an RBI double in the 6th to put Chicago up 4-1.
The Sox now at 29-29 on the season will begin an important six game road trip to Los Angeles. Tonight begins a 3-game set with the Dodgers and then the Sox will go to Anaheim to take on the Angeles. They will get a huge key returning to the lineup tonight as Jose Abreu is expected to be in the lineup. The AL player and rookie of the month for April will make a huge difference in the lineup that needs an offensive jolt. Abreu will face a huge test as he will battle against one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game not named Chris Sale. Clayton Kershaw (3-2; 3.57 ERA) will be on the hill for the Dodgers as Jose Quintana (3-4;3.61 ERA) will start for the Sox in a great pitching matchup.
This will also be the first time that Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu will be on same field as MLB players. The Cuban stars will be on full display as the game begins at 10:10pm ET tonight in a late game.
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.
Thank you, Dayan Viciedo.
Yesterday afternoon Dayan Viciedo became a hero for many White Sox fans, at least for a day. His 3-run homer in the top of the 9th inning helped lead the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. It helped snap a 4-game losing streak the Sox were currently on and also an 8-game losing streak in Cleveland. It is Chicago’s first win in Cleveland since April 14th, 2013.
Viciedo’s dramatic 3-run blast came off closer John Axford who had entered the game for Cory Kluber. Kluber pitched a brilliant game for Cleveland as he shut down the White Sox offense over eight innings. He allowed just one run on three hits, walking two and striking out a career-high 13 batters. He was in line for the win when he left, but had to settle for a no-decision thanks to Viciedo. Kluber was so dominant yesterday as he struck out seven straight batters at one point in the game.
The only run Kluber surrendered was a solo homer in the first inning from Jose Abreu, is MLB-leading 12th homer on the season. The only other slight mistakes he made was a walk to Adam Dunn in the 1st, a single to Leury Garcia in the 3rd, a walk to Garcia in the 5th after striking out seven in a row, and a single to Dayan Viciedo in the 7th. That was it.
Meanwhile, White Sox starter Andre Rienzo struggled with his control allowing three runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out two for the no-decision over just 4 2/3 innings. Rienzo allowed two solo homers to George Kattaras in his first two MLB at-bats and also a bloop single to Lonnie Chisenhall in the 3rd for the Indians three runs.
Yet the bullpen did a remarkable job and kept the White Sox within striking distance. Zach Putnam threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, and Ronald Bellisario added a scoreless frame with a strike out. Daniel Webb allowed a hit and a walk in the 8th but was able to escape the jam. Over the last eight games, covering 26 innings, the White Sox bullpen has allowed only two earned runs. That is a great job, especially after the bad start they had to the season. That opened the door for Viciedo and Co.
John Axford struggled with his control entering the game and walked Gordon Beckham, struck out Jose Abreu and then walked Adam Dunn before Viciedo came to the plate and took a 2-2 fastball on the outside corner deep to right field on a line drive rocket into the seats.
Matt Lindstrom then came on to collect his 4th save of the season and give the White Sox the victory. It gives the team a bit of momentum and a good feeling leaving Cleveland as they will travel to Wrigley Field today to begin the Crosstown Cup with the rival Chicago Cubs (11-18). The White Sox (15-17) will play two night games in Wrigley before coming home to play two more games at U.S. Cellular Field to close out the series.
The game begins at 8:05pm ET and will be the earliest in the season these two teams have ever played one another. The White Sox will face off against Jeff Samardzija (0-3; 1.98 ERA) who is winless on the season in six starts despite having a remarkable ERA. The White Sox will send Jose Quintana (1-2; 4.00 ERA) who will be making his first ever start at Wrigley Field.
This will also be Paul Konerko’s final trip to Wrigley Field in his career so expect him to be in the lineup. It also may mean that Adam Dunn may play some outfield as well as seeing Jose Abreu at DH at some point.