May 2014

Game Three with Cleveland

Noesi_Hector_2014It is the closing series at The Cell with Cleveland. It has been a tough series and with all the rain yesterday the outcome could have gone either way. The Sox are in sole position of second place only 5 games back of Detroit. Cleveland is in last place 7.5 games out of first.

The Indians will head for home to welcome the Colorado Rockies for a series in Cleveland, The Sox have a day off before the San Diego Padres come for a three game visit. Then the a road trip to the west coast.

Hector Noesi (ERA 6.75) is on the mound for the Sox against T.J House (ERA 6.43)

The line up for today was : Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie,Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers, Marcus Semien, Moises Sierra

Top of the second inning saw the Indians get on the board when, Jason Giambi hit a home run to right. Cleveland – 1 and Sox – 0

It took waiting til the bottom of the fourth for the Sox to get a hit registered when Beckham got a single to center. Beckham moved to second on a single by Viciedo. Dunn grounded out to short to close that inning.

It would be the bottom of the seventh inning before the Sox would finally get on the board. Dunn started the inning with a single to right, Ramirez also had a single to right but got thrown out trying to steal second,moving Dunn to third. A Semien single to center got Dunn home to tie the score at 1 all.

Top of the eighth inning saw a pitching change for Chicago as Hector Noesi who had a great game turn mound duties over to Javy Guerra. Bottom of the inning also saw a change for Cleveland when Scott Atchison took over on the mound. Beckham was gifted a walk, Gillaspie’s single moved Beckham to third. Viciedo walked to load the pond. A sacrifice fly to left, helped Beckham get home for a 2 – 1 White Sox lead. Bryan Shaw took over on the mound for the Indians. Ramirez closed the inning when he hit into a fielder’s choice  to third.

The top of the ninth saw Cleveland tie up the game when, Brantley starting things reaching on an infield single to short, Kipnis grounding to first moved Brantley over to second, Giambi was given a free pass to first, Gomes single to right brought Brantley home to tied up the score at 2 apiece.

It would take the bottom of the ninth for the Sox to mount one final fight back to win the game, Flowers was safe on first after a throwing error by Aviles, Leury Garcia came in to pitch run for Flowers, Garcia then went on to safely steal second and reach third on a Semien fly out to right. Sierra hit the game winning single to right to get Garcia home for the winning run.

The White Sox take the series 3 – 0 with the final score 3 – 2 in the Sox favor.

 

Rain Delay: Chicago and Cleveland

10376936_10152938807063298_3488827408420850039_nGame two with the Indians started with a delay of 41 minutes  due to rain.

Chris Sale on the mound for the Sox against Justin Masterson

Happy Birthday to Frank “the big hurt”  Thomas from the Sox.

The line up today: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez,Dayan Viciedo, Paul Konerko, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers.

After two  complete, both teams left base runner but no one has made it home. Chris sale has only give up one walk.

The bottom of the third saw Eaton make his way home on a Gillaspie single. Eaton reached on a single to left, a wild pitch to second, made it to third on Beckham hitting a grounder to short. Inning closes with Viciedo fly out to left. Score 1 – 0 Sox lead

The rain has started again and the tarp is on the field. After a roughly 1 and 1/2 to 2 hour rain delay, Scott Carroll took over on the mound for Sale. The bottom of the fourth had a pitching change for the Indians when, Masterson made way for Mark Lowe.

The bottom of the fifth inning saw the Sox add to the lead when Beckham hit a home run to left. Sox extend lead 2 – 0. There were two pitching changes for the Indians when Lowe headed to the showers with Josh Outman taking over, John Axford closed out the inning for the Indians on the mound.

The top of the seventh inning had Scott Downs take the mound keys from Carroll, Cleveland did try to mount a fight back when Chisenhall singled to center, David Murphy also hit a single to center moving Chisenhall to third, Jake Petricka took over from Downs on the mound, Mike Aviles hit into a fielder’s choice to short shop which got Chisenhall home for the Indians only run. The inning closed with Justin Sellers striking out. Score in favor of the Sox 2 – 1.

From the bottom of the seventh inning to the close of the game was a pitchers battle as both teams made changes on the mound. Marc Rzepczynski took over for Axford, Cody Allen would be the final pitcher for Cleveland. Ronald Belisario would be the final Sox pitcher taking over for Petricka. 

The final score – Chicago – 2 and Cleveland – 1

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day – Game One with Cleveland.

10402830_10152935323248298_164194590428750259_nHappy Memorial Day.

Thank you to all who serve in the armed services.

It was the first of a three game series with the Cleveland Indians at The Cell in Chicago.

Jose Quintana was on the mound for the Sox against Josh Tomlin

The line up today had Adam Eaton, Marcus Semien, Conor Gillaspie, Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers and Moises Sierra.

It took the top of the third inning before any runs cross home plate when Cleveland got things started when, Lonnie Chisenhall got a pass to first by way of a walk, Justin Sellers singled to center, Michael Brantley’s single to left scored Chisenhall and moved Sellers to third. Score at the close of the inning 1 – 0 Indians.

The Bottom of the third, the Sox came back and took the lead when, Marcus Semien was safe on first due to an error by Chisenhall, Gillaspie got the first of his 4 hits when he singled to right, Viciedo’s home run to left gave the Sox a 3 – 1 lead at the close of the inning.

It became a pitchers duel again until the top of the sixth inning when Brantly walked, Ryan Raburn singled to right, Brantley crossed home on the advancing play, with Raburn out at second. Score 3 – 2 still in the Sox favor.

The bottom of the sixth inning saw Chicago add to their score when Gillaspie’s second hit was a double to right, Viciedo’s single to left moved Gillaspie to third,A pitching change for Cleveland saw Tomlin to the showers and Josh Outman on the mound. After Dunn striking out, Bryan Shaw took over on the mound, Ramirez and De Aza both hit singles scoring Gillaspie and Viciedo. Adrian Nieto batted in Flowers spot and took over behind the plate. Score 5 – 2 Sox lead

The top of the  seventh saw  Jake Petricka take over for Quintana and another pitching change for Cleveland when, Marc Rzepczynski took over on the mound, Sox added another run when, Semien made it home on a Gillsapie double, the Sox had a 4 run lead at the close of the inning, 6 – 2 .

Two more pitching changes for the Sox in the Eighth inning saw, Zach Putnam in for Petricka and Scott Downs for Putnam. Bottom of the inning saw the final change for Cleveland when, Carlos Carrasco came into the game.

Scott Downs was able to hold his nerve and hold the Indians from any fight back in the top of the ninth inning.

Final Score White Sox 6 and Indians – 2

 

 

 

Back Home to Welcome the Yankees

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Welcome to The Cell and we have the Yankees here for a four game series. Chris Sale makes his return from the disabled list to start today for the Sox. On the mound for New York is David Phelps.

Starting line up for today: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham,Conor Gillaspie, Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez,Paul Konerko, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers.

The bottom of the second inning has Konerko hitting a double to right and De Aza with another double to left  to get Konerko home. Flowers was given a walk to reach base, Eaton with a single gets De Aza home for a 2 – 0 Sox lead

In the bottom of the fourth inning the Sox got things going again when Ramirez reached on a single, and was safe on second thanks to a steal. Flowers shallow single to left moved Ramirez to third but the inning closed with a line out to short by Eaton

Top of the Seventh has brought Zach Putnam to the mound for Chris Sale. Through 5 complete innings New York was not able to get a base runner on until the top of the sixth inning when Zoilo Almonte hit a single to center to spoil the perfect game Chris had going. The Sox still have the lead 2 – 0

Top of the eighth inning sees Daniel Webb taking over for Zach Putnam on the mound. Bottom of the inning has Beckham leading off with a double, Dunn with an RBI single to get Beckham home taking the score to 3 – 0. Konerko closed out the inning with a fly out to right

Top of the ninth inning sees the Sox new closer, Ronald Belisario in to hold and close out the game.

Ichiro Suzuki with a single to right, taking things to a two hit game. Jeter walked, Mark Teixeira singled to center, bringing home  Suzuki and  Jeter making it a 3 – 2 Sox lead. Alfonso Soriano struck out to close the game.

*FINAL SCORE

White Sox 3 and the New York Yankees 2

 

 

Final Game in Kansas City.

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It’s the final game of this nine game road trip before heading home to welcome the New York Yankees for a four game series at The Cell

On the mound for the Sox today is Jose Quintana and he will be facing off against Jeremy Guthrie

Matt Lindstrom is on the 15 day disabled list and is having surgery to repair his ankle that he rolled during game one in this series.

The line up for today is Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers. The boys once again wearing their black jerseys with grey pants.

Top of the second inning and the Sox got on the board with a single from Konerko, scoring Ramirez, who reached on a single and a stolen base at second. Inning closed with the score 1 – 0 in favor of the Sox.

The bottom of the third the Royals tied up the game when, Ciriaco reached on an infield single, and went on to score on an Aoki single to left. Score at the close of the inning is Sox – 1 and Royals – 1

Things went quiet expect for pitching changes on both sides, Top of the eighth inning saw Wade Davis on the mound for K.C and Jake Petricka took over for Jose Quintana, it is a 2 – 1 lead for the Royals when Aoki scored on a Butler sacrifice to right. Another 2 walks issued by Sox pitching has taken the score to 3 – 1.

Top of the ninth inning saw one more pitching change for K.C with Greg Holland in the office, Viciedo hit a single to right and Moises Sierra has taken over base running duties for him, Dunn on with a walk and Leury Garcia on base to run, Ramirez hit into a double play to close the game.

**Final Score is Kansas City Royals – 3 and the Chicago White Sox – 1.

The Sox take the series 2 games to 1, and head home to welcome the New York Yankees for a four game series and the return of Chris Sale

 

 

 

Game Two with the Royals – Wild Pitches Everywhere

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Matt Lindstrom is on the 15 Day Disabled List after rolling his ankle in yesterdays game.

Game two with the Kansas City Royals saw Andre Rienzo take to the mound for the Sox against Yordano Ventura for the Royals.

The Sox lined up today as follows: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers. The boy wore their black jersey’s with grey pants for tonight game.

Top of the first it was the White Sox who started the scoring when, Gillaspie after smacking a triple to right center scored on a Viciedo single which made the score 1 – 0 in favor of the Sox.

Rienzo got in trouble in the bottom of the Second inning when Butler was given a free pass on base by way of a walk, He then hit Gordon which moved Butler over. Valencia hit a double to deep right which scored both Butler and Gordon, giving the Royals the lead 2 – 1.

Things got quiet until the top of the fifth inning when Flowers hit a 438 feet home run to right, Eaton doubled to left and reached third on a wild pitch by Ventura. Beckham’s single to left brought Eaton home. Beckham reached second on another wild pitch, Gillaspie’s ground to out first moved Beckham to third. Beckham raced home on another wild pitch. By the close of the inning the Sox had regained the lead by a score of 4 – 2

The seventh inning saw pitching changes for both sides when, Tom Collins took over for Yordano Ventura and Jake Petricka took over for Rienzo

The top of the eighth inning saw Aaron Crow take over on the mound for the Royals and the Sox do the most damage when Beckham and Gillaspie who both reached on singles, Dunn’s 440 foot home run to center taking the score to 7 – 2 in the Sox favor. Casey Coleman took over the mound duties to close out the inning.

The bottom of the inning the Royals mounted a comeback when, Scott Downs took over on the mound for the Sox, and with Hosmer and Butler both on base Gordon grounded to second scoring Hosmer and moving butler to third. Frank Francisco took over on the mound from Downs with Cain at the plate who would hit a single to right which scored Butler, Cain stole his way to third, Valencia  reached second and Cain scored on a Francisco wild pitch. Zach Putnam came on for the Sox, holding things and closing the inning with the score, Sox 7 and Royals 5.

The ninth inning saw the final two pitching changes for both sides when, Casey Coleman and Ronald Belisario took over the duties, the Royals tried to take the win, when Butler who reached on a double and a passed ball to third, scored off a Gordon single to right.

Final Score — White Sox 7 and the Royals 6. The Sox have made up two games on The Tigers as they have been beaten by the Cleveland Indians in their last two games.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Kansas City – First of Three Games

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We are in the home stretch of the nine game road trip and our last stop in a three game series in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. Scott Carroll is in the office today for the Sox, and for the Royals is Jason Vargas

Jose Abreu is on the 15 day Disabled List, had an MRI and there was no structural damage found. Only inflammation and he will be in a moon boot for a few days and have another check up once they are home in Chicago.

The line up for today’s game: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, Moises Sierra, Marcus Semien.The boys are in their black jersey’s with grey pants.

Game One

The bottom of the first inning and the Royals got things started with Norichika Aoki getting a single to center, Alcides Escobar reaches on another single moving Aoki to third. Eric Hosmer’s double to right got Aoki and Escobar home making the score 2 – 0. Billy Butler hit a single to center which got Hosmer across the plate for a 3 – 0 lead. Alex Gordon was gifted a walk, Lorenzo Cain’s single to center got Butler and Gordon across the plate taking the score to 5 – 0.

Top of the second inning Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo both reached on singles, Tyler Flowers hit into a fielder’s choice getting Dunn to third. Moises Sierra strike out to close the Sox half of the inning.

The third inning opens for the White Sox with Marcus Semien getting a single to center, top of the order bring Eaton to the plate, who reaches on a bunt but they got Semien at second, Eaton to second on a Beckham walk, Alexei Ramirez hits a long ball to left, getting the Sox back in this game only two runs down, Konerko closes the inning with a fly out to right. *Score Royals – 5 and Sox – 3.

The only activity for the Royals in the bottom of the third was Johnny Giavotella being hit by a pitch and thrown out trying to steal second.

The Sox opened the top of the fourth inning with a home run by Viciedo taking the score to 5 – 4 still in the Royals favor. Flowers Sierra and Semien all struck out to close the inning.

Kansas City opened their half of the fourth inning when Escobar reached second by way of an infield single and a stolen base . Hosmer hit a single to right to get Escobar across the plate taking the score to 6 – 4 still in the Royals favor. Salvador Perez hit into a fielder’s choice to second to  close the inning.

Eaton reaches with a single to open the top of the fifth inning, Beckham tried to turn a single into a double but was tagged at second, Ramirez grounded out to first which allowed Eaton to score, getting the Sox within a run at 6 – 5. Sox take the lead 7 – 6 on a Konerko home run to center with Dunn on base by way of a walk.

Things got quiet til the top of the ninth when Matt Lindstrom came in to close things out for the Sox but rolled his ankle and departed the game, Scott Downs took over on the mound for him, Aoki reached on a single and Escobar had hit a sacrifice to the pitcher but was safe when Lindstrom rolled his ankle. Hosmer struck out and Jake Petricka came in to the game, Dyson got picked off and caught trying to steal third, Butler closed the game grounding to second.

Final Score – Kansas City 6 and the Chicago White Sox 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falling Apart – Questions and No Answers

What is happening to the White Sox?

They had an amazing opening to the season and seemed to be on track to have a great year but now things have fallen apart. Not just with the Sox but there is an alarming number of Tommy John surgeries being performed this year.

On the Tommy John surgery front numbers 21 and 22 are being performed at the time of writing this. The correct medical name for it is Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. It is a graft procedure which the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. It’s a  common surgery but most notability with baseball players. It was first performed in 1974 by Dr. Frank Jobe, who was an orthopedic surgeon, and team doctor with the Los Angeles Dodgers until his passing in 2014. Tommy John was the first pitcher to have the procedure. John won 288 games and is ranked in seventh place among left-handed pitchers. 

For baseball players now post surgery, Rehab takes one year for pitchers and 6 months for position players. Players can typically start throwing 16 weeks after surgery.

What is upsetting to my Sorority Sisters and myself, is WHY is this happening to so many pitchers and what needs done to take the stress of these guys. There will be so many great players out for a year and this is only May.

Now…The falling apart of the Sox and what we think needs done. I know that all fans have their opinions and this is just ours.

Pitching – We are happy to see that Robin is taking time with Chris Sale and his rehab. Not to rush him back and possible add him to the list of Tommy John surgery. We need Chris back in the rotation for stability and experience. None of us were happy when Jake Peavy was traded to Boston, Peavy was the stability that is needed now, he also helped with they younger ones coming up. Jose Quintana, Scott Carroll and Andre Rienzo are holing their own the best they can but they are needing some extra guidance that is just not there. Erik Johnson is in Charlotte to work on control issues, Felipe Paulino is on the disabled list with shoulder issues and no clue when he will return but the feeling is he also could use some time in Charlotte, to work on control issues.

Jake Petricka, Daniel Webb,  Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario are all wonderful in the middle order and have really locked things down. I think we have out closer in Matt Lindstrom who is getting stronger with each outing. We have seen that he is holding his nerve better and not letting the pressure of holding the game and closing get to him. John Danks and Zach Putnam could also benefit from some extra guidance when they are struggling.

One of the bright spots has been Tyler Flowers or T-Flow as the girls call him, he has come back after shoulder surgery a new player, both batting and behind the plate as catcher, gunning down runners trying to steal on him.

Hoping that at the end of the season that Adam Dunn is moved on or retires. New blood is needed in the line up and it is really hard to watch when you have bases full and don’t even have a swing at the ball, when you could drive in a much-needed run or two.

Adam Eaton is the shining star in the outfield and has back to the line up after being out with a hamstring issue. Alejandro De Aza and Moises Sierra have made too many mistakes of late in the outfield and that can’t continue. Bring back up Jordan Danks, who is better on defense and handy with a bat.

I know it is early in the season but The Sox have issues that need addressed now before we fall too far behind. Thanks to my sorority sisters for their input and inspiration for this blog.

 

White Sox and Oakland – Games 2 and 3

69593_10152343179216162_1889216170_nGame 2 with Oakland

Scott Carroll against Drew Pomeranz

From the start it was going to be Oakland’s day and no matter what the Sox tried they were going to be shut out. The Sox would only be able to put 4 hits on the board, Scott Carroll struggled from the start and was able to survive til the bottom of the sixth inning when Frank Francisco took over on the mound. Frank made it to the bottom of the seventh inning when Ronald Belisario come in, Matt Lindstrom came in at the bottom of the eighth inning to close out the Sox side of the game.

The A’s stated the scoring in the bottom of the first when Yoenis Cespedes scored on a Brandon Moss double to left, Cespedes reached base on a single to center. 1 – 0 in favor of the A’s

The A’s added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Reddick singled to center, Alberto Callaspo reached the pond by way of a walk. Craig Gentry’s single got Reddick home, *Score A’s 2 – Sox – 0

The bottom of the fifth inning the A’s added four more runs thanks to , John Jaso starting things off with a double to right, Cespedes hit a another double which Jaso scored on, a third double by Derek Norris which Cespedes got home, Reddick’s home run to right with Norris on base would be the last of the scoring for the inning. *Score 6 – 0 in favor of the A’s.

Three more runs added in the bottom of the 6th inning came when Jaso started things off with a single, Jed Lowrie doubled to right moving Jaso to third,who scored on a throwing error by Moises Sierra. Brandon Moss hit a home run to right with Lowrie on board. *Score A’s 9 – Sox – 0

The final runs came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Moss homered with Daric Barton on board.

Final Score Oakland A’s 11 and the Chicago White Sox – 0

**Game 3**

Andre Rienzo against Tommy Milone.

Gordon Beckham started the game off with a Home run to left. Jaso answered back with a home run of his own to make it a 1 – 1 tie ball game.

Things went quiet til the bottom of the fourth inning when Donaldson hit a home run to right, giving the A’s the lead 2 – 1.

Scott Downs came on in relief of Rienzo in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Ronald Belsario to close the inning.

The top of the eighth inning would the the Sox finally take the lead when Beckham got on with a single to center, followed by Conor Gillaspie, Jose Abreu would smack home run number 15 with Beckham and Gillaspie on taking the score to Sox – 4 and the A’s – 2

Final Score Chicago White Sox 4 and the Oakland A’s 2. Oakland would take the series  2 games to 1.

The Sox find themselves 7 games behind Detroit heading to Houston for a three game series then to Kansas City for a three game series before finally getting home.

 

 

 

Travel Bags Arrived in Oakland

Adrian Nieto, John DanksMorning Gang,

We are in Oakland for the first of three games with the A’s. John Danks is in the office for the first game.

Grab some bench and see you soon

**First Inning  **0 – 0

Sox – Garcia(fly out to left), Beckham(strike out),Gillaspie(single),Abreu(fielders choice to 2nd),

A’s – (bunt single)(fly out to right)(fielders choice at first)(infield single)(ground to 3rd)

**Second Inning  **1 – 1

Sox – Dunn(foul out to 3rd), Viciedo(HOME RUN),Ramirez(foul out to 1st), De Aza(strike out),

A’s – (single)(strike out)(fielders choice to 2nd)(triple,runner scores)(ground to pitcher)

**Third Inning  **1 – 1

Sox – Nieto(ground to 2nd), Garcia(pop out to short), Beckham(double), Gillaspie(line out to 2nd),

A’s – (ground to short)(fly out to left)(fly out to left)

**Fourth Inning  **1 – 1

Sox –  Abreu(strike out),Dunn(walk), Viciedo(strike out), Ramirez(grounded to short),

A’s – (fly out to left)(ground to 3rd)(single to right)(foul out to 1st)

**Fifth Inning  **3 – 1  A’s

Sox – De Aza(ground to 2nd), Nieto(single to center), Garcia(fly out to right), Beckham(walk)(wild pitch,double steal), Gillaspie(fly out to center),

A’s – (walk)(strike out)(strike out)(HOME RUN)(strike out)

**Sixth Inning  **3 – 1  A’s

Sox – Abreu(strike out), Dunn(fly out to left), Viciedo(strike out),

A’s –  (strike out)(walk)(rack’em up)

**Seventh Inning  **5 – 1  A’s

Sox –  Ramirez(ground to 3rd), De Aza(ground to 3rd), Nieto(strike out),

Daniel Webb is in the office for John Danks.

A’s – (strike out)(infield single)(walk)(double)(walk pitch,runner advances)(walk)(rack’em up)

**Eighth Inning  **5 – 1  A’s

Sox – Garcia(fly out to left), Beckham(ground out to 2nd), Gillaspie(fly out to left),

A’s – (walk,2nd on wild pitch, wild pitch)**Scott Downs in now in the office,(strike out)(walk)(strike out)(ground to 3rd)

**Ninth Inning  **5 – 4  A’s

Sox – Abreu(HOME RUN), Dunn(walk), Viciedo(double), Ramirez(single,runner scores,safe at second on steal), Konerko(Sac Fly,runner scores), Flowers(strike out), Garcia(strike out),

 

**FINAL

In a fight back the White Sox fell short losing the first game by a score of 4 runs to the A’s 5. In the office tomorrow for the Sox is Scott Carroll.