Valentine’s Day had the best words a Girl could love: “Pitcher and Catchers report to the ranch.”
The full squad reported on the 19th.
After trading him a season ago Miguel Gonzalez returns home to the pitching staff.
The boys open the spring league playing ranch mates the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday
On behalf of Kendria from Weavers Sports Desk and myself here at a Year with the White Sox we would like to offer our sympathies to the family of Daniel Webb who died in an accident last night.
Daniel is leaving behind a young family and I understand just became a father.
Kendria and I also offer our support to those who played with Daniel.
We will miss you Daniel
Welcome back to the Desk, Kendria has joined me from Weaver’s Sports Center.Kendria has joined me at Guaranteed Rate Field.
I am well Kendria thanks for asking, its been awhile since we have gotten to catch up. Hope your well also? You ask me about the loss of Jose Quintana and it’s effect on the rotation and I think it has, lost more stability in the rotation. Now with the loss of David Robertson, Who do you think can fill the role of closer? To answer our closing problem, Nate Jones is out for the season after having elbow surgery to reposition a nerve in his elbow.
In response to your uniform question, the boys always wear the 1980’s throwbacks on Sunday during the season.
Today’s game has Carlos Rodon in the office facing off against Josh Tomlin for the Indians.
It would be a pitchers duel until the top…
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To Toronto to be exact. I was not sure what to expect on this part of the trip. The boys have been playing better than a lot of people expected but when you wake up to the news its 7 to 0 in the second inning in the Sox favor, trust me, you pay attention.
Jose Quintana in the office today and he so needed a good outing and some quality run support.
Opening the 1st inning — Alen Hanson who comes to the Sox from Pittsburg opened the pond with a single and stole second, Melky walked. Jose Abreu with a triple got Melky and Alen home for a 2 to 0 sox lead. Todd Frazier with a sac fly to right brought Jose home for a 3 to 0 Sox lead. Matt Davidson with a double to left, who got home thanks to a Tim Anderson single for a 4 to 0 Sox lead.
Top of 2nd would see the score blow out when, with Hanson and Sanchez already on the pond, Melky with a double to bring the boys home for a 6 to 0 lead. Jose got in on the double fest with 1 of his own getting Melky home for a 7 to 0 lead.
Bottom of 2 would see the Blue Jays finally on the board with a solo home run, Sox 7 and Jays 1
Top of 3rd – Sox would add to the lead when, with Narvaez on with a double and to 3rd on a Sanchez ground out to shortstop. Narvaez would get home thanks to a Hanson single. 8 to 1 Sox lead.
Bottom of 3rd the Jays would add a solo home run for an 8 to 2 Sox lead.
Top of 5th with Narvaez and Hanson already on the pond Melky with a screaming shot to left for an 11 to 2 White Sox lead.
The Jays would add 2 more in the 9th but Jake Petricka would hold things and lock up the office for a monster 11 to 4 Sox win.
Jose Quintana with a much-needed and confidence boosting win.
** With the day’s events the Sox have gained a game only 5 games out of 1st. Mike Pelfrey is listed to have the keys to open the office for game 2 with the Blue Jays
I am learning to expect the unexpected when I wake up to check the Sox scores and today was no different.
David Holmberg was tossed the keys by Ricky Renteria for the final game of the series.
It was all quiet on the pond until the 4th inning when Matt Davidson opened the scoring with a solo shot to left. This was the 4th game that Matt has hit a home run in. Sox 1 and Baltimore 0
Top of the 5th and Baltimore tied up the score at 1 all.
The Sox did the major damage in the bottom of the 6th when, with Davidson and Sanchez already on the pond, Melky’s single to center got the boys home for a 3 to 1 Sox lead. Kevan Smith with a bunt single, Melky on 1st and Anderson walked to fill the pond. Jose Abreu would walk to keep the pond full and extend the Sox lead to 4 to 1. Leury Garcia with a sac fly to center brings Melky home for a 5 to 1 Sox lead.
Baltimore would add 1 in the top of the ninth but David Robertson would lock up the office for a 5 to 2 Sox win.
Pack your travel bag as the Sox are back on the road, first stop in Toronto and then to Minnesota.
After the day’s events the Sox hold at 6 games out of first.
The Sox would send Derek Holland to the office for the Sox in-game 2 of the series.
Baltimore would open the scoring with 1 run in the first. Derek would then settle down and hold things through the top of the 4th inning. The home half of the inning would have the Sox finally getting on the board when, with Melky and Jose Abreu already on the pond thanks to singles by both boys, Avi Garcia with a double bringing home Melky and Jose for a 2 to 1 Sox lead.
The bottom of the 6th – Jose opened the pond with a single, Avi was hit by a pitch moving Jose to 2nd, Todd Frazier walked to load the pond. Matt Davidson after being patient at the plate would belt a screaming Grand Slam to left for a 6 to 1 Sox lead. That was Matt’s first grand slam of his career.
**Final Score — Sox 6 and Baltimore 1. Derek got the win with help from, Chris Beck, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak
With the day’s events the Sox are currently 6 games out. The Sox are currently in a rain delay as of the writing of this article.
**Injury news — James Shields has come off the Injury list and is listed for his first start in Toronto.
The Sox have dug themselves a bit of a hole of late and need to get things back together and their season back on track.
Mike Pelfrey in the office for the Sox facing Wade Miley for Baltimore
It was all quiet until the home half of the 2nd when with Willy Garcia on base Kevan Smith belts a homer to center for a 2 to 0 Sox lead.
Bottom of the 3rd, the Sox would take out the bats and add 4 more runs starting when, Anderson and Melky on the pond, Abreu’s single get Anderson home for a 3 to 0 lead. Avi Garcia’s double to center gets Melky home, Abreu makes it home thanks to a throwing error for a 5 to 0 lead. Matt Davidson’s single to left helped get Avi home for a 6 to 0 Sox lead
Top of the 4th Baltimore gets on the board with a pair for a Sox 6 to 2 lead. Bottom of the inning would see, Melky and Jose already on the pond, Avi with a single to center, speed would get Melky and Jose home for an 8 to 2 Sox lead.
Bottom of 5th had Willy Garcia exploding a triple and coming home thanks to Smith’s sac fly to center extending the Sox lead 9 to 2
All quiet till the 7th inning with Matt Davidson smacking a solo shot for a 10 to 2 Sox lead.
Top of the 8th Baltimore would cut the Sox lead to 10 to 6. They would go on to add 1 more in the top of the 9th for a 10 to 7 loss in the first of a 4 game series.
With the day’s events the Sox have picked up a game, 6.0 games out of first.
Derek Holland in the office tomorrow for game 2 of the series.
Here is the injury list as of the time of writing this. Monday afternoon in Australia
Dylan Covey with a left Oblique Strain as of May 26.
Nate Jones with right elbow neuritis (inflammation of the elbow causing pain) faced hitters in a bullpen session throw everything but sliders
Jake Petricka threw live batting practice on May 22. Still testing a right lat strain.
Zach Putnam with right elbow inflammation, played catch at 60 feet on May 11 and throw off the mound on May 23
Carlos Rodon threw his 4th simulated game on May 22, managing Left Bicep Buritius.
Tyler Saladino with back spasms was listed on May 27th for 10 days.
James Shields looking for a late June return from a Right Lat Strain. James threw 30 pitches on May 24th and 26th. James is slated to throw again on the 29th of May.
Geovany Soto still recovering from arthroscopic right elbow surgery is looking at a possible mid August return.
Charlie Tilson is taking part if light baseball activities, outfield drills and is taking batting practice as of May 22.
**Game 1 was rained out, rescheduled for this series. The Sox lost this game 4 to 3
White Sox — 8 and Tigers – 2
Mike Pelfrey in the office.
Detroit took the lead in the top of the 2nd 1 to 0 but the Sox took the lead back in the bottom of the 3rd for a 3 to 1 lead, Avi with a double getting Melky, Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier home. Alex Avila, former Sox with a solo shot cutting the lead 3 to 2 in the 5th inning. Matt Davidson with a solo shot taking the Sox lead to 4 to 2, Kevan Smith scored on Melky’s single for a 5 to 2 lead in the home part of the 6th inning. Bottom of the 8th the Sox adding the final runs when Melky belted a 3 run home with Yolmer Sanchez and Leury Garcia already on base.
White Sox – 3 and Tigers – o
Tyler Danish in the office for the Sox.
The Sox did all the scoring in the bottom of the 5th, Tim Anderson scored on a Sanchez double play ball. Sox 1 and Tigers 0. Bottom of 8th saw a Leury Garcia smack a triple to get Adam Engel home for a 2 to 0 Sox lead. Leury Garcia scored on a Jose Abreu single to right.
White Sox – 7 and Tigers – 3
Miguel Gonzalez in the office, with David Robertson coming in for the save. Sox scored 3 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 2 in the 5th for a 7 to 0 Sox lead. Miguel had a no-hitter going until the top of the 7th inning when Alex Avila spoiled it with a single to right. Detroit added 2 more in the top of the 8th. David Robertson in to close the office taking over from Chris Beck.
**With the day’s events the Sox are sitting only 4.5 games out of first with Cleveland and Minnesota sitting above them.
**The Boston Red Sox arrive for the Sox Draw battle tomorrow, the first visit of Chris Sale since his trade in the off-season. He will be facing Jose Quintana in the office.
Melky and Jose Abreu opened the pond with walks to open the 1st inning, Avi flied out getting Melky to 3rd, Todd Frazier walked to fill the pond. Yolmer Sanchez single brought Melky and Abreu home for a 2 to 0 lead. Todd stopping at 3rd. Timmy Anderson with an infield single, Todd comes home and Yolmer to second. 3 to 0 Sox lead. Matt Davidson’s single to right helped Sanchez cross home for a 4 to 0 lead. Kevan Smith reached on an infield single, which got Anderson home for a 5 to 0 Sox lead to close the first inning.
Top of the 3rd Timmy added a solo shot over the left field fence for a 6 to 0 Sox lead.
Top of the 4th opens with Kevan Smith’s double to left. Leury Garcia walked, Melky was safe on first by an error. Abreu hit into a double play which allowed Smith to score giving the Sox a 7 to 0 lead.
Top of the 5th would see the Sox extend the lead to 8 to 0 when, Todd who walked and got to 2nd on a wild pitch. Matt Davidson single to left brought Todd home.
Bottom of the 7th would see Seattle add their only run on a solo shot to left.
**Final Score — Sox 8 and Seattle 1
Today’s with combined with other outcomes see the Sox at 3 games out of top spot.
Sox head to Arizona for a 3 game series with the Diamondbacks before heading home.