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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.


Chicago brawl overshadows extra inning loss

This was a wild one.  I don’t even know where to begin.


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In last night’s game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals, tempers from both teams were out of control.  With the score tied a 2-2 in the bottom of the 7th after the White Sox had rallied from an early 2-0 hole, Adam Eaton was at the plate against Royals starter Yordano Ventura with two outs. On the 2nd pitch, Eaton hit a fastball right back to Ventura.  Ventura made the play with his glove and as he was walking the ball to first base to causualy toss the ball there for the 3rd out of the inning, he stared at Adam Eaton and you could see him mouth the words:  “Fuck you!” as he tossed the ball to first.

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The benches then cleared as Eaton and Ventura had to be separated.  Jeff Samardzjia of the White Sox began charging at Lorenzo Cain, he was shoved down and Kansas City pitcher Edison Volquez took a swing at him and thankfully missed.  At the end of the over five minute scuffle, five players were ejected:  Ventura, Volquez and Lorenzo Cain for KC and Sale and Samardzjia for the White Sox.


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Supposedly after the game, Chris Sale went looking for Ventura in the visitors locker room.  KC ended up winning the game 3-2 in 13 innings, but it is the fight that took the headlines.


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What started it?  Rumors have it that Adam Eaton yelled something at Ventura first, although I did not see that on the Sox feed I was watching.  Yet you are able to see it on the Royals feed.  It also could have started when the Royals seemed to be upset after Sale celebrated when he recorded the last out of the top of the 7th inning.


It could have begun when Ventura “quick pitched” Eaton on the 2nd pitch, I could understand if Eaton did not like that and said something to him then.  Either way, manager Ned Youst of KC did not like his young pitchers actions after the game saying that basically he needs to grow up.  Watch this video for more insight.


Either way, the remainder of this series is going to be VERY interesting.

White Sox fall in pitching duel

It was a day game pitching duel.

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David Price vs Jeff Samardzjia.  Detroit vs Chicago.

I was at work, so I did not watch it live, but I am thankful for DVR functionality on my MLB.TV subscription to be able to watch this without knowing the score, fast-forward through commercial breaks and watch the game in a few hours.  And although the outcome was not what I desired, it was a great game.

Price allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struck out nine over eight innings.  Samardzjia allowed one run on eight hits, walked none and struck out seven also over eight innings.


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Sadly it was Jose Iglesias who hit a walk of single in the 9th and acted like he won the world series puffing his chest out and acting like he was the best player on the planet.  Act like you’ve done it before dude.  Ugh.  I hope he gets hurt again.  Jerk.

Rally in 9th is not enough for victory

Early on in last night’s game the Tigers were cruising. They had a 3-0 lead going into the 9th inning and David Price had pitched his best performance in a Tigers uniform up to that point as he had allowed no runs on three hits, issued no walks and had seven strikeouts on 95 pitches Then came the 9th…

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On a night where the Tigers honored Paul Konerko, the Sox began to rally for their captain.

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In the 9th, Adam Eaton led off with a single and then was moved to third on a double by Alexei Ramirez. Price then struck out Jose Abreu for his 8th strikeout before Avisail Garcia delivered a 2-run single to center to cut the lead to 3-2.

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A coaching visit to the mound allowed Price to calm himself and retire Dayan Viciedo. Then the Sox captain stepped to the plate and delivered a single to left that moved Garcia to third. The Tigers would choose to leave Price in the game and that was to the Sox advantage as Marcus Semien delivered the game tying single to center and moved pinch-runner Moises Sierra to 3rd.

Joe Nathan would enter the game and after walking Conor Gillaspie to load the bases, he would escape the jam and retire Carlos Sanchez on a fly-ball to center to end the frame. It was a “playoff atmosphere” type game at its peek.

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Jake Petricka would run into some trouble in the bottom of the 9th as Ian Kinsler would single and then move to 2nd after a Torii Hunter walk. The Tigers most feared hitter, Miguel Cabrera would step to the plate and deliver the RBI single to send the Tigers fans home happy in a deflating loss for Sox fans like myself.

The win put the Tigers just one game away from clinching a post-season birth. They desperately needed this win tonight if they have any hopes of a division title with KC close on their heels.

The Sox will close out the series in Detroit this afternoon with Chris Sale (12-4; 2.20 ERA) on the mound against Justin Verlander (14-12; 4.68 ERA). It should be a good one.


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.


White Sox sweep double header against Twins

On Saturday, the Chicago White Sox had a double-header against the Minnesota Twins in which they won both games against their AL Central division rival.  The double-header occurred because of a rain-out on Friday.


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In the first game the White Sox won by a final of 5-1 as Jose Quintana was dominant in the effort.  Quintana threw seven solid innings, allowing one run on just three hits, walking two and striking out 13 in his best start of the season thus far. It was a career-high for Quintana in strikeouts as he actually won a game!


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The Sox offense got on the board against Phil Hughes as Alexei Ramirez drove in his 15th homer of the season with a 2-run shot to left in the 3rd inning. Andy Wilkins added a run in the 7th with his first RBI of the season with a single to center.

With a 3-0 lead, Quintana walked the leadoff man to begin the 8th and that runner, Kurt Suzuki would come around to score on an RBI double off reliever Zach Putnam who replaced Quintana.


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In the 8th, the Sox added two more runs on a Marcus Semien RBI double and hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded and Tyler Flowers at the plate.  The bullpen of Zach Putnam and Javy Guerra would strike out two batters each to give the Twins 17 strikeouts in the game en route to a White Sox win.

The 2nd game was much more dramatic as the White Sox won 7-6 with a walk-off homer by Dayan Viciedo.


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The Sox fell behind early, 4-0 as Scott Carroll had a rough first inning.  But the Sox offense came right back with three runs in the bottom of the 1st as Avisail Garcia hit his 5th homer on the season to cut the lead to 4-3.  Both pitchers would settle down and not allow another run until…

The White Sox's third-base coach Joe McEwing, left, celebrates with Jose Abreu after Abreu hit a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field. Abreu also hit 100 RBIs for the season.

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Jose Abreu hit his 34th homer on the season with a solo shot in the bottom of the 5th.  The RBI also accounted for his 100th on the season and tied the game at 4-4.  Hawk Harrelson, the fans and myself all went nuts!  It was awesome.  The 411-foot homer snapped a big slump that Abreu has been in as of late.

Now, not only is Abreu going to win the AL Rookie of the Year, he is going for the Sox rookie record in RBI’s.  He also has accomplished a feat that only three others in MLB history have done in their rookie season.  Abreu now has at least 30 homers, 30 doubles and 100 RBI’s which only Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) have done before Abreu tonight.

After the Twins took back the lead in the 6th off Daniel Webb once Scott Carroll had left the game, the Sox came back to tie the game due to an RBI single by Conor Gillaspie in the bottom of the 7th.

The Twins then took the lead off of Jake Petricka in the 9th, but despite that, Dayan Viciedo was the hero with a 2-run no-doubt walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th.  It was Viciedo’s 21st homer of the season and by far his most dramatic.

Tomorrow, the Sox will go for the sweep as Hector Noesi (8-8; 4.28 ERA) will take on Trevor May (2-4; 8.38 ERA) at 2:10pm ET.


Flowers propels Sox to win with two clutch homers

With the season’s end fast approaching it is time to begin assessments of players and coaches and what went right or wrong for a season. If you examine the White Sox season closely, perhaps there is no bigger surprise than that of Tyler Flowers. I am on record questioning why the White Sox brass resigned Tyler Flowers to a new contract this season. If you go back and read this blog it’s there. Through his first five seasons, although limited in play, Flowers was a career .200 hitter in 192 games played with 592 plate appearances.

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This season he has had some up-and-down months. In the beginning part of the season from March through April Flowers hit .354 with a homer and 9 RBI’s. Then Flowers began to struggle. In from May 3rd to July 12th, Flowers hit just .146 with 4 homers and 17 RBI’s. But since then, although having a slump in August, Flowers has hit .313 since July 13th in a 40 game span with 9 homers and 21 RBI’s. On the season Flowers is hitting .247 with 14 homers, 47 RBI’s, and has become a much better two-strike hitter.


Perhaps none were bigger than last night. Down 4-3 in the 9th with two outs, Flowers was facing a 2-2 count and was down to his last strike. Yet Flowers delivered with a line shot to left to tie the game at 4-4 and send it to extra innings.

Then in the bottom of the 12th with one out, on the first pitch he saw, Flowers sent all the White Sox fans home happy with a homer to left-center for the walk off victory. The win gives the Sox 64 wins, which means they have eclipsed their win total from all of last season with 19 games to go in the season.

This entire game was a back-and-forth affair. The Sox actually took a 2-0 lead in the first with no hits. Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez led off the frame with back-to-back walks. They would score on an error and a sacrifice-fly respectively.

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The A’s would come back to take the lead off of Hector Noesi and the Sox with back-to-back homers in the 5th. Noesi would allow three runs on just four hits, walking one and striking out four over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision.

Conor Gillaspie would tie the game in the bottom of the 6th with a solo blast. But the A’s would take back the lead in the top of the 8th as a one out walk by Eric Surkamp to Alberto Callaspo would score thanks to a stolen base and two singles one of which was a “duck snort” and the other a bunt single.


The defense also made some nice plays behind Daniel Webb, Ronald Bellisario and Javy Guerra as the game went further along. Michael Taylor’s diving grab in the top of the 10th was one of the spectacular variety. With one out in the frame and no one on base, Taylor caught a ball on a full out dive on a ball that was tailing away from him that most certainly would have been a triple at the least for the speedy Coco Crisp.

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That set the stage for more dramatics from Flowers. Perhaps it is those magic glasses.

Tonight at 8pm ET John Danks (9-10; 5.12 ERA) will face off against Jon Lester (3-3; 2.59 ERA).