That was so ugly on numerous levels.
1. Five errors. FIVE. An error by Avisail Garcia in foul territory in right that appeared to be an easy catch in the 2nd inning. A throwing error by Marcus Semien in the 4th that led to a run. A fielding error by Marcus Semien and a throwing error by John Danks in the 5th that would put two runners on base and lead to two unearned runs. And finally another fielding error by Semien in the 9th that would lead to a five run inning three of those runs being unearned. It was a season-high for the team and the first time they had committed that many errors in a game since July 7th, 2010 against the Angels.
2. John Danks had another terrible night. Although his defense did not help him, he did not help himself either as he allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits, waking one and striking out three over six innings.
3. The bullpen of Maikel Cleto, Matt Lindstrom and Scott Snodgrass allowed allowed a combined total of seven runs (four earned), on 11 hits, no walks and two strikeouts over three innings.
4. Once again the offense struggled to score putting together just two runs on seven hits and going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The only bright spots were Dayan Viciedo’s solo blast and Carlos Sanchez RBI double in the 7th. Although Sanchez was tagged out at third on the play.
New day. New game. Tonight at 8:10pm ET Chris Bassitt (0-1; 7.36 ERA) will make his 2nd start (and 3rd appearance) on the season as he goes against Jeff Samardzjia (4-5; 3.70 ERA). Bassitt is making the start to give extra rest to Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
After a day off on Monday, the Chicago White Sox got back to playing baseball with a 6-3 win in 10 innings on Tuesday over the Minnesota Twins. Then on Wednesday they suffered an 11-4 loss. Now after having another day off yesterday, they will begin a 3-game set with the Cleveland Indians tonight.
On Tuesday Tyler Flowers and his “magic glasses” helped propel the White Sox to a win. Down 2-0 in the 2nd inning, Flowers tied the game with a 2-run blast. With the White Sox ahead 4-3 in the 10th, Flowers gave the White Sox some big insurance runs as he hit his 2nd homer of the game with another 2-run shot to put the Sox up for good by a score of 6-3.
The other runs for the Sox in the game were scored by a Carlos Sanchez RBI double in the 2nd and a game winning homer by Dayan Viciedo in the 10th. Sanchez had a solid game going 3-for-4 while Viciedo went 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored.
Hector Noesi struggled early allowing three runs in the first two innings, yet he settled down to allow just three runs on nine hits, walking none and striking out five over seven innings.
The bullpen did great as well as they allowed no runs on no hits, walking two and striking out two over a three inning span. The bullpen featured Javy Guerra, Eric Surkamp, Daniel Webb (who got the victory) and Jake Petricka (who got the save).
On Wednesday John Danks struggled on the mound allowing seven runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out three in just 4 2/3 innings. The game was actually tied at three before Danks was killed in the 5th leading to a Twins route.
The White Sox are now 63-76 and have matched the same number of wins they had all of last season with 23 games to go. I’d say that is an improvement. Despite not being a playoff team, this has to give all White Sox fans including myself some hope going into 2015 if they can improve their bullpen.
Tonight at 7:05pm Chris Sale (11-3; 2.11 ERA) ill take on T.J. Hose (2-3; 3.92 ERA).
LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
As I was in the lovely hills Mt. Pleasant, PA for a family reunion this weekend, the Chicago White Sox took on the Houston Astros in in three game set on the south side of Chicago.
The White Sox were able to win 2 out of 3 games and move their record to 47-52. They won Friday by a final of 3-2, won on Saturday 4-3 and lost on Sunday 11-7. I was unable to see any of the three games, but from what I watched of the highlights and read, it was a solid weekend for the Sox overall.
Friday, trailing 2-0 early, the White Sox rallied late thanks to a 2-run homer by Dayan Viciedo in the 6th that tied the game and RBI double by Tyler Flowers in the 7th that proved to be the game winning run. Flowers, who had been struggling bigtime as of late came up with a huge hit to drive in Alejandro De Aza who had singled and stole 2nd base earlier in the inning.
The bullpen did an amazing job in relief of Jose Quintana who only pitched five innings. Daniel Webb threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, Ronald Bellisario threw a scoreless 8th and has been great over his last few outings, and Zach Putnam threw a scoreless 9th for the save. The Sox bullpen did not allow a single base-runner on the night. The White Sox bullpen, along with Quintana set down the final 22 batters in order. Amazing.
On Saturday the White Sox took an early lead for Hector Noesi. In the 2nd inning, Adam Eaton beat out an infield single with runners on 1st and 2nd, the throw was wild and allowed Alejandro De Aza to score from 2nd to put Chicago ahead 1-0. Conor Gillaspie added an RBI single in the 3rd and Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to put the Sox up 3-0.
The Astros did come back to tie the game at 3-3, but in the bottom of the 5th, after an Alejandro De Aza triple, Tyler Flowers once again delivered, knocking home De Aza with a double to left to put the Sox back ahead 4-3. Hector Noesi left the game after six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two which would be good enough for the win thanks to another stellar effort from the bullpen.
After Javy Guerra allowed two straight singles, Ronald Bellisario came in the game in relief and did an amazing job! After a sacrafice-bunt to move both runners into scoring position, Bellisario struck out Jose Altuve, intentionally walked Jason Castro, and got George Springer to ground out to third base to end the inning. He then struck out two of the 3 batters he faced in the 8th. In the 9th, Jake Petricka recorded two outs, but runners were on 1st and 2nd with the game still up for grabs. Zack Putnam entered the game and struck out Jason Castro for his 2nd straight save.
Sunday did not go so well with John Danks surrendering seven runs on 12 hits, walking none and striking out four over 4 1/3 innings. Taylor Thompson made his MLB debut in relief of Danks and did well. He he allowed just one hit over 1 2/3 innings while striking out two.
The White Sox actually did come back to tie the game a 7-7 as they scored one in the 3rd on an Adam Dunn groundout, two in the 4th on an error by the Astros, one in the 5th on a force out and three in the 6th on an Alexei Ramirez double, a Jose Abreu single and a fielding error by Jose Altuve.
Yet this time the bullpen did not do so well. Daniel Webb allowed four runs on three doubles in the top of the 7th inning that led to the loss.
Yet taking two out of three is a good thing. Let’s hope the series with the Royals goes just as well. Tonight Chris Sale (8-1; 2.08 ERA) will take on Jeremy Guthrie (5-8; 4.56 ERA) in a divisional battle.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
Maybe it was the beard.
When Scott Carroll moved to the bullpen, he began growing a beard. He then kept it when he was moved back into the starting rotation and had not pitched well. Last night however, he came out clean shaven and pitched well. Or maybe it was just a solid performance against an under-achieving Boston Red Sox team that has looked like anything but a defending World Series Champion this season. Either way, the Chicago White Sox and Scott Carroll are happy to get a win.
Carroll allowed no runs on just one hit, walked two and struck out five in 6 2/3 brilliant innings. He was on point from the word go. The only hit he allowed was to former White Sox, A.J. Pierzynski who singled in the 3rd inning.
Adam Dunn hit his 13th homer of the season to give the Sox a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning and then Dayan Viciedo added a 3-run blast in the 4th for the Sox only runs on the night. Both were mistakes by Clay Buchholz of Boston, who pitched very well on the night, yet the White Sox made him pay. Yet that was plenty of offense.
Javy Guerra pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and Zach Putnam pitched a scoreless 9th, walking one batter.
Tonight John Danks (7-6; 4.12 ERA) will take on Brandon Workman (1-2; 4.17 ERA).
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
After Monday night’s rain out, the Chicago White Sox took to playing a double-header on Tuesday against the Anaheim Angels and promptly lost both games. Game 1 of 2 was lost 8-4 and game 2 was lost 7-5.
In the first game the Sox actually had a 3-0 lead early on. They scored three runs on a 3-run blast by Jose Abreu in the very first inning. It was his 26th homer on the season. When are teams going to learn that they just should not pitch to this guy? Maybe the fact that he won AL rookie of the month for June will wake them up.
This is the 2nd time he has won this award this season as he won it in April as well. He currently has a 16-game hitting streak and is the only player in MLB history to hit 26 home runs in his first 71 games played.
After that early start thanks to Abreu, the Sox offense went dormant. And although Hector Noesi pitched well for the first four innings, His control was not the greatest. He had allowed no hits but walked five batters in the first four frames. In the 5th he would lead off the inning with his 6th walk of the game before surrendering his first hit on a single by Collin Cowgill.
Mike Trout would then tie the game with a 3-run homer of his own which would be followed by a solo shot off the bat of Albert Pujols to put the Angels ahead.
Noesi would walk his 7th batter in the game to lead off the 6th before exiting the game. He would allow five runs on three hits, walk seven batters and strike out seven.
The Angels would score a run in the 6th-9th innings and the Sox would not score again till the 9th. It was ugly.
In game two, the Sox seemed to always be a bit behind and could never quite catch up. Scott Carroll once again struggled in a starting role allowing seven runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out two in six innings of work. I still am not sure why he was moved out of the bullpen where he was doing well. Hopefully he goes back there soon.
The Sox did score five runs of Jerrod Weaver, but it was not enough. Conor Gillaspie hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd, his very first of the season and he also added an RBI single in the 5th.
Dayan Viciedo followed Gillaspie’s RBI with a 2-run shot of his own, but that was all the closer the Sox could get in this one cutting the lead to 6-5 at the time.
Tonight the Sox will close out the series against the Angles with John Danks(7-6; 4.26 ERA) against Tyler Skaggs (4-4; 4.34 ERA) at 8:10pm ET. Hopefully they will avoid a series sweep.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!
There was a pitching duel that ended up taking place in Toronto on Saturday afternoon. Chris Sale was on the mound for the Chicago White Sox while Marcus Stroman was on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays. Both did well and neither deserved to lose. Neither did. But one pitcher did get a win and that was Chris Sale.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the 7th due to a 2-run homer by Darin Mastroianni Sale looked like he would lose yet another pitching duel. Yet Dayan Viciedo had other ideas. With two outs the Sox began their rally. Jose Abreu collected just the 2nd White Sox hit on the day with a double to the gap in right-center. The only other base runner(s) up to that point was Adam Dunn who had a double in the 2nd and a walk in the 5th. It was Abreu’s 13th straight game with a hit.
Adam Dunn stepped up to the plate and drew another walk and that forced Stroman out of the game. Stroman would exit having allowed no runs on two hits, walking two and striking out six. Yet he would not get the win on this day. Dustin McGowan would enter the game and on the first pitch he threw to Dayan Viciedo…
BANG!! Viciedo crushed the ball deep to left for a 3-run homer. Two runs were charged to Stroman and blown save and a run to McGowan.
Viciedo’s homer gave the Sox a 3-2 lead and allowed Sale to get a win. He pitched the bottom of the 7th and would exit with the lead. Sale’s final line would be two runs allowed on four hits, walking five and striking out six over seven innings.
The Sox would get a key out insurance run in the 8th with, again with tow outs. Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham would have back to back singles against McGowan who was still on the mound for Toronto. He would then exit and Alexei Ramirez would single off Aaron Loup driving in Eaton to give the Sox a 4-2 lead.
In the 8th and 9th innings Sox manager Robin Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper would use a pitching committee to record the final 6 outs of the game. Javy Guerra would retire Edwin Encarnacion but walk Dioner Navarro. Adam Lind would then come on as a pinch-hitter so therefore Ventura would bring on Eric Surkamp to retire him which he did, on strikes. Zach Putnam would then come on and after allowing a single to Juan Francisco that put runners at the corners, Don Cooper would make a visit to the mound. It would work as Putnam would retire Rasmus with a fly-out to left to end the threat.
The Sox threatened to score more runs in the 9th starting the inning with three straight singles to load the bases but Tyler Flowers would fly out and Leury Garcia would ground into a double play to end the treat. That would bring on the 9th inning. This time Ventura did not go to Ronald Bellisario but stuck with Putnam. And even though the Blue Jays scored a run to make the score 4-3, with no outs, Putnam would Jose Reyes to ground into a force out, Melky Cabrera to fly out to right and Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a force out to get the win.
Today, the Sox will close out this long and dismal road trip at 1:07pm ET. Former White Sox Mark Buehrle (10-4; 2.52 ERA) will take on Jose Quintana (4-7; 3.69 ERA). Buehrle has yet to record a win since June 1st as he is 0-3 in his last 4 starts. This will be just the 2nd time Buehrle will face his former team. The other coming with the Miami Marlins. Mark has always been one of my favorite players and always will be. But today I wish him a loss.
LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!