Last night the Chicago White Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians 6-2.
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Hector Noesi lasted just 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits (two homers), walking one and striking out five for the White Sox. The Indians Carlos Carrasco, making his first start since being hit in the face with a line drive, pitched five innings, allowed just one run on four hits, walked none and struck out eight.
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The lone run Carrasco allowed was a solo blast by Jose Abreu in the 1st inning.
The Indians bullpen of a combined six pitchers held the Sox to just one run over the final four innings as the Sox were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game.
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Carlos Rodon of the White Sox did make his MLB debut entering the game in the 6th inning with two runners on in a 2-1 ballgame. Rodon would walk the first batter he faced in Brandon Moss before allowing a single on an eight pitch at bat to Sox killer Ryan Raburn that scored two runs, both charged to Noesi. Rodon would get Lonnie Chisenhall to ground out to end the inning.
Rodon would return for the 7th and walk the first to men he faced as his nerves were clearly evident. After a sacrifice bunt to move the runners, Jason Kipnis would hit a sac-fly to left to score a run off Rodon. Michael Brantley would then single as the other walk would score before Rodon would record the final out of the inning.
Rodon would return for the 8th and despite allowing a double to Raburn, Rodon would allow no runs and record his first MLB strikeout, getting Lonnie Chisenhall to to go down swinging. His final line would be 2 1/3 innings pitched, allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out one.
Before the game tonight, the Chicago White Sox have made a few changes to their roster which should bring some excitement and anticipation to the ballclub.
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They purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Rodon from AAA Charlotte. Rodon, the organizations top prospect is expected to begin his MLB career out of the bullpen. There is a strong chance that he could be moved to the starting rotation by season’s end, but the Sox don’t want to rush that.
Additionally the Sox recalled Jake Petricka from the 15-day DL and place Javy Guerra on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation. The Sox also designated Kyle Drabek for assignment.
Rodon, the number 3 overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft is the big key. We will see if he makes his debut tonight or sometime this week.
The Sox will begin a 3-game set with Cleveland tonight.
In a game that featured two pitchers making their MLB debut, the Tigers’ Kyle Ryan out performed the White Sox Chris Bassitt on this night.
Bassitt, allowed five runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out four in his MLB debut in 6 1/3 innings. He had a rough 3rd inning where he allowed two runs and then allowed three more in the 4th, but in the other innings he did show some signs of promise. The first round choice in 2011 did strike out Miguel Cabrera for his first MLB strikeout to end the 1st inning–a moment he will never forget.
His counterpart, Kyle Ryan threw six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits, walking two and striking out one.
When the Tigers finally went to their weak bullpen the Sox struck for four runs in the 8th inning. Blaine Hardy who pitched a scoreless 7th was still on the mound and he walked Adam Eaton to begin the frame. He was then replaced by Jim Johnson who allowed a double to Alexei Ramirez and then walked Jose Abreu to load the bases before being replaced by Joba Chamberlain. Avisail Garcia would ground into a force out at 2nd base, allowing Eaton to score, before Dayan Viciedo would hit a 3-run homer to cut the Tigers lead to just 5-4.
That however would be all the closer the White Sox would get. Chamberlain would retire the final two outs in the inning before the Tigers would score three runs off the Sox bullpen in the top of the 9th. Joe Nathan would record the final three outs to end the game with a Sox 8-4 loss.
The Sox will finish this 4 game set with the Tigers today at 2:10pm ET as Jose Quintana (6-10; 3.48 ERA) faces Rick Porcello (15-8; 3.06 ERA).
During the game, the White Sox did finalize a transaction that will change their team. More could be coming too. Alejandro De Aza was sent to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. I like this move. De Aza was not going to be back next season. This moves make perfect sense from Rick Hahn’s standpoint as now they get two young right-handed minor league arms that they can try to develop to either starters or bullpen arms. Chalas is just 22-yrs old and has spent most of this season in class-A where he has a 4.80 ERA out of the bullpen. Blackmar, also 22, has posted a 3.18 ERA mostly as a starter in Class-A. Neither are ranked in the O’s top 20 minor league players. Also, after the game Scott Carroll was optioned to AAA Charlotte and Bassitt was kept on the 25-man roster for now. With De Aza gone, the 25-man roster is currently at 24. The Sox will make a move before the game begins today.
With this move, not only do the White Sox save some money but they also allow another roster spot to open up for the competition that comes with September call-ups. It allows the Sox to see what yet another player has before next season where they expect to compete for a playoff spot.
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
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.
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).
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.
Daniel Webb surrendered the walk-off single in the 9th for the loss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
Gordon Beckham’s days in Chicago are done. Rumored to be traded numerous times, the White Sox finally made that move on Thursday afternoon as they traded him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later or cash considerations. I have always liked Gordon Beckham and I will defiantly miss his positive attitude and amazing defense on the South Side, but his lack of hitting was a huge hole for this team.
Selected 8th overall in the 2008 first-year player draft out of Georgia, Beckham was seen as someone with a high ceiling and the Sox hoped they found a second baseman who would play for them for years to come in the infield somewhere. In 2009 he finished 5th in the Rookie of the Year voting playing 3rd base. He hit .270 had 14 homers and drove in 63 runs. He also showed excellent defensive ability.
Yet after that season things were never the same for Beckham at the plate. Over the next 5 years Beckham hit just .244 with 40 homers and 177 RBI’s. An average of 10 homers and 44 RBI’s a season. His defensive ability made up for a lot of his lack of offense at the plate as he was consistently one of the best defensive 2nd baseman in all of baseball when he moved to the position in 2010 in his 2nd season.
The move by Rick Hahn was obviously done for a few reasons. First, was what was mentioned above–the lack of offense. Second is the fact that this gives the White Sox a chance to see some of the talent they have in the minors at the major league level. Besides pitching, ff all the positions in the minors, the Sox may have the most depth at the middle infield spots.
Already having Leury Garcia with the big club, the White Sox have Carlos Sanchez, Marcus Semien, and Micah Johnson waiting for their chance. Johnson is hurt for the season so Carlos Sanchez will be the first one to get a shot. Semien is expected to be a September call-up. Sanchez did make one start at shortstop on July 13th against Cleveland but is seen as a better fit at second base.
This also does give the White Sox a bit more flexibility for the coming season along with other players who are coming off the books at the end of the year. I really hope that Beckham succeeds in LA as I really did like the guy, but the move had to be done.
Tomorrow the White Sox begin a 3-game series with the New York Yankees in the Bronx where Carlos Sanchez is expected to start at 2nd base.
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
Well, that was a devastating loss. The White Sox were one out away from winning a third in a row in this series against the Yankees and could not get it done. So, instead of the win, they are left to ponder what went wrong. The Sox had a 3-0 lead and Ronald Bellisario could not get it done.
John Danks pitched a hell of a game. He allowed no runs on three hits, walked none and struck out four over eight innings of work. He was absolutely untouchable as he threw 70 of his 104 pitches for strikes. Yet he had no win to show for it at the end of the day. It’s just sad.
The Sox were able to give Danks an early lead as they scored three runs in the first inning. Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham led off the game with singles and then Dayan Viciedo’s RBI double drove in the first run. After an Adam Dunn sacrifice-fly to center, Alexei Ramirez grounded out to short, scoring Viciedo and putting the Sox ahead 3-0. Yet Chicago was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on the day and that would wind up being costly.
Fast forward to the 9th inning with Jacoby Ellsbury on 2nd, two outs, and a 0-1 count on Alfonso Soriano at the plate. Bellisario threw him a sinker that did not sink and Soriano ripped it down the 1st base line for an RBI ground rule double that was interfered with by a fan. Yangervis Solarte had a 1-2 count on him and also hit a sinker that did not sink for an RBI single to left to cut the lead to 3-2. After a walk to Ichiro Suzuki with pinch runner Kelly Johnson standing at 2nd base, Bryan McCann hit a duck-snort single to center on the first pitch he saw that tied the game and the save was blown. Bellisario was able to get Brendan Ryan to ground out to a force out at third, but the damage was done.
Then in the 10th, Ellsbury hit a solo homer off Zach Putnam to give the Yankees the 4-3 lead which they would hold on to with the tying run on second base at the end of the game. It was just a sad loss and the team must move on.
I am sure it didn’t help that Robin Ventura was not on the bench to see most of this either. He was ejected from the game for arguing a safe-out call in the 2nd inning. Adrian Nieto was ruled to have run out of the baseline on a play and was called out. He was originally called safe, but the umpires convened and overturned the call. If he would have been called safe, the Sox would have had runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. The loss snaps the Sox 8-game winning streak against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.
Today they will try to start a new streak. The Sox will send undefeated Andre Rienzo (4-0; 4.00 ERA) against the rookie phenom Masahiro Tanaka (6-1; 2.39 ERA). Tanaka suffered his first loss in his last start against the Cubs yet his 73 strikeouts through nine starts is very impressive. This will not be an easy game for the Sox. Rienzo will have to be spot on again as he has yet to suffer a loss in six starts this season.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
Two losses to the Diamondbacks? Really?
That’s just not good. Sometimes stretches like this occur in baseball, yet you are supposed to beat the bad teams if you are any good. The Diamondbacks are a putrid 15-25 on the season while with the 5-1 loss, the Sox fall back below .500 on the season at 19-20.
To be fair, it wasn’t like the White Sox played bad, they just got outplayed by a young rookie. Chase Anderson had a 0.69 ERA in AA in six starts and was making his major league debut. He continued that trend as he pitched VERY well on this Mother’s Day. He allowed just one run on two hits through 5 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out six.
Anderson did not allow a run till one out in the 6th inning when Moises Sierra connected on a solo homer to left. It was Sierra’s first homer of the season. He then would walk Tyler Flowers on four pitches and exit the game there. Unfortunately, despite getting runners to 2nd and 3rd with two outs and a chance to tie the game or take the lead, Conor Gillaspie grounded out to second base to end the threat.
The Sox only had four hits on the day and that did not help their cause. Hector Noesi pitched reasonably well, getting out of some jams, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out four in the loss. The Diamondbacks got two more runs (one earned) across the plate in the 9th off of new Sox pitcher Frank Francisco to win 5-1. Francisco was recently called from AAA Charlotte on Saturday and Maikel Cleto was designated for assignment. Francisco, a veteran of the majors, struggled in his White Sox debut.
Tomorrow the Sox will begin a 9-game road trip stretched over a 10-day span that will begin in Oakland. Beginning late at 10:05pm ET John Danks (3-2; 4.93 ERA) will face off against Jesse Chavez (2-1; 2.47 ERA) in the first of three games. This will be a tough series against a solid team in Oakland who is 23-15 on the season and are sitting atop the AL West.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!