Back to Work – Houston Astros at The Cell for Three
It was back to work for the White Sox after the All-Star break and they welcomed the Houston Astros for a three game series. It was a three game series to kick off the second half of the season. Sitting 10 games behind Detroit it is going to be a real battle, if they can get the bull pen duties sorted its possible that they can be in it come the end of the season.
*Game One – Chicago – 3 and the Astros – 2
Jose Quintana against Scott Feldman
Houston would get on the board in the top of the second when, on an error by Dayan Viciedo, Matt Dominguez scored from a Jon Singleton, single to deep right. Robbie Grossman grounded to the short stop getting Singleton home for a 2 -0 Astros lead.
Chicago tied up the game at 2 a piece when Viciedo hit his 12th Home run of the season with Jose Abreu aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Sox took the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Tyler Flowers double to center helped Alejandro De Aza make it home for a 3 – 2 Sox lead, which would turn out to be the game winning run.
*Game Two – Chicago – 4 and the Astros – 3
Hector Noesi against Dallas Kuechel
With two outs on the board in the bottom of the second, De Aza started things with a single to left, Flowers added a single to left moving De Aza to second, Adam Eaton reached on an infield single to third and De Aza crossed home plate. Sox took a 1 – 0 lead at the close of the inning.
Bottom of the third saw the Sox take a 3 – 0 lead when Viciedo moved to second on a Paul Konerko walk. Conor Gillaspie tapped a single to center holding Konerko at second and Viciedo made hit home. De Aza walked to load the bases, with Flowers being hit by pitcher Keuchel that brought Konerko home for another tick on the score board.
George Springer got the first Astros run on the board with a solo shot to right cutting the Sox lead to just 2 runs in the top of the fourth. Top of the fifth Houston would tie things up when, with bases loaded Jose Altuve would drive a ball to deep left getting both Enrique Hernandez and Marein Gonzalez across the plate.
The final run of the day would be scored by Chicago in the bottom of the fifth inning when, De Aza on third with a triple, crossed home thanks to a Flowers double to left center. It would be a pitchers duel for the rest of the game with Guerra, Belisario, Petricka and closer Putnam for the Sox in the mound office with, Bass, Sipp and their Closer Qualls in the Astros office.
*Game Three – Chicago 7 and the Astros 11
John Danks against Jarred Cosart
The Sox with a two game lead in the series, had the brooms ready for the sweep but it was not meant to be as Danks had a disappointing outing. With it already an Astros 1 – 0 lead, they extended their lead in the top of the third with a Altuve home run with Gonzalez already on the pond for a 3 – 0 lead over the Sox, that lead was extended by one when Dominguez singled to center,scoring Chris Carter. Astros lead the Sox 4 – 0
Chicago finally got on board in the home half of the third when, Eaton when to third on a Jose Abreu single. Adam Dunn grounded out to first but Eaton made it home to cut the Astros lead to 4 – 1. The home half of the fourth saw the lead cut to 4 – 3 still in the Astros favor when, Gillaspie was safe on an infield single, De Aza walked, Gordon Beckham grounding out moved the runners to second and third. Catcher Nieto would be safe on first, with Gillaspie and De Aza getting home.
Danks would only make it to the middle of the fifth inning before the new kid in the bullpen Taylor Thompson would get the ball. Webb, Surkamp and Guerra who would get the closures nod for tonight. The Astros would need help from Downs, Veras, Sipp, Fields and Closer Qualls to get the win on the mound for Houston.
The rest of the run damage would come in innings five, six and seven, with the Astros adding three in the fifth with a Matt Dominguez home run, with Hernandez on board, Grossman’s single to center would bring two more home taking the Astros lead to 7 to 3 at that point. Chicago would get one back when Viciedo scored on a De Aza fielders choice. The bottom of the sixth would see the Sox tie things up at 7 each when, Nieto already on base would reach home on a Alexei Ramirez double. Abreu’s single would see him safe at second on an error and Ramirez making it a 7 – 6 Astros lead. Viciedo would be safe at second on the second Houston error of the inning and Abreu crossing home for a tie score at 7 a piece.
The final four runs of the day would be added by the Astros in the Seventh inning Carter doubled, Dominguez doubled bringing Carter home. Another double by Lj Hoes would bring Dominguez home, the final two Astros runs would be scored when Gonzalez singled to center, getting Grossman and Hoes home for Astros runs 10 and 11.
With a 47 and 52 record has the Sox trailing the Tigers by 9 games. Kansas City who are sitting just 7 games back of the Tigers are on their way to the Cell for a three game series before heading on the road to the Twins. Chris Sale, Scott Carroll and Jose Quintana are the listed pitching staff for the Royals series.