May 2015

The Q is in the office

**Today’s blog is in memory of Emily and Maurie(Super Dawgs). You will be missed

Jose Quintana is in the office today for game 2 of the 4 game series with Cleveland. This is Jose’s 95th start of his career

Paul Konerko’s retirement game on Saturday has a few Standing Room Only tickets left.

Line up:Eaton, Cabrera, Abreu(Cannon), LaRoche(The Beard), Garcia, Gillaspie, Ramirez, Flowers(T-Flow), Sanchez

*Top of 1st – Indians open the scoring 1 – 0

*Bottom of 4th – Cannon with a double, The Beard with a walk, Avi with a single bringing Cannon home for a 1 all game. Conor with a walk.

*Top of 5th – a double brings the Indians runner home for a 2 to 1 Indians lead

*Bottom of 5th – T-Flow with a single to left

*Bottom of 6th – The Beard walked, Avi safe at 2nd on a throwing error.

*Top of 8th – Zach Putnam is now in the office. Solo home run takes the score to 3 to 1 Indians lead.

*Bottom of 8th – Spanky on with single, He moves to 2nd on a wild pitch, Cannon walked.

*Top of 9th – Dan Jennings in the office.

*Bottom of the 9th – Emilio Bonifacio in batting.

Final score, Indians – 3 and Sox – 1. Cleveland pitching was just too good today, along with minor mistakes give them the opportunities to get runs on the board.

John Danks is in the office tomorrow for game 3 of the series.

 

 

 

Got any K’s for Sale

It is game one of a four game series with the Indians. Chris Sale against Corey Kluber. Last outing Kluber racked up a high of 18 strikeouts.

Lineup today: Eaton, Cabrera, Abreu, LaRoche, Garcia, Gillaspie(Conor), Ramirez, Flowers, Sanchez, Shuck(J.B)

Uniform today is the White Pinstripe

*Top of 3rd – Indians open the scoring 1 – 0

*Bottom of 6 – Eaton scores on a Kluber wild pitch to tie the score at 1 all

*Bottom of 10 – Avi with a single but is replaced, to run by J.B Shuck. Conor’s single to left gets J.B to 2nd. Sanchez single to left helps J.B make it home for a 2 to 1 Sox win

The Sox have gained half a game on K.C today, only 4.5

In the office tomorrow will be Jose “The Q” Quintana

 

 

Enough with the Negative Crap

OK, as you can see by the title, I have had more then enough of the negative bitching and I reading the facts that are incorrect and the fact that people are complaining without checking things first.

Robin –  His contract is through the end of 2016. Remember one thing kids, ROBIN is NOT on the field, you want to fire anyone, fire the team. Yes it is Robin who inspires and looks after things but this is how Robin gets things done. All he can do is to guide the boys, it is up to them to get the job finished in the end.

There are 2 players who are still being paid out on the payroll. Dayan viciedo and Jeff Keppinger.

John Danks contract is from 2012 to 2016 for $65M . He has a NO trade clause, in 2014 he could have blocked trades to , Baltimore, Oakland, Washington and Toronto.

We have David Robertson until 2018 for a cool $45M, Alexei Ramirez we have til the end of the season with an option for 2016

We only have Jeff Samardzjia for this season at $9.8M We avoided arbitration but, the talk went away of him wanting to go free agent next year for now but I would love to be able to keep him.

Jose Abreu is a White Sox until 2019. There are other award bonuses included, selection to the All Star Game.

Chris Sale in the office until 2017 with options for 2018 and 2019. He also has bonuses in place with the Cy Young award and All Star Game.

Adam Eaton as we all know just signed a new contract. He is a Sox until 2019 with options for 2020 and 2021. He also has bonuses listed for MVP voting and all.

A lot of the guys listed are only here through 2015. Tyler Flowers and Gordon Beckham to just a couple.

More info on the contracts at https://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/american-league/chicago-white-sox/

You guys seem to think that the constant change-up and all will get us wins but there are also other factors like stability. You all want the perfect 2005 World Series team and nothing less will do. Each year the boys have to learn how to play together, to jell and to trust each other on the field, to get that perfect Rack’em up, or safely steal 2nd base.

Have any of you bothered to look at the stats from ONE YEAR AGO today.

May 17, 2014  the White Sox were 21 wins with 23 loses. .477% and EIGHT games out.

May 17, 2015 The White Sox are 17 wins and 17 loses .500% and only 5 games out. (Waiting for the outcome of the Tigers game)

The boys are actually in better shape than this time last year.

Next time you want to have a complaint, have the balls to back it up.

 

 

Can You Say Sweep?

10846017_10153471226798298_3762506296448831856_nIt was Game 3 in Oakland today and Jeff Samardzija was in the mound office and pitched 8 solid inning with help from Zach Putnam in the 9th inning

The boys wore the gray away uniforms today.

In the line up today was Eaton(*Spanky), Bonifacio, Cabrera(Melky), Abreu(Cannon), Garcia(Avi), Beckham(Bacon), Ramirez, Soto, Sanchez

*Top of 1st – Eaton opened the game with a double, Bonifacio bunted and was safe at 1st, moving Spanky to 3rd. Melky’s ground out to 3rd, moved Bonifacio to 2nd. Cannon walked to load the bases. Avi grounds into a forces, Spanky was out at home but Bonifacio scored, Cannon to 3rd and Avi safe at 1st on a throwing error. Sox open the scoring 1 – 0.

*Bottom of 4th – Oakland takes a 2 – 1 lead on a 2 run homer.

*Top of 5th – Eaton reached on a fielding error and moves to 2nd on a single by Bonifacio, Melky grounds into a force at second, and is safe at first. Abreu singled to left, bringing Eaton home, and Melky held up at 2nd. Avi loads the bases with a single, Bacon walked bringing home Melky, Missile’s single saw Cannon and Avi both cross home plate. Oakland added another run in the bottom of the 5th cutting the Sox lead to 5 to 3

*Top of the 9th – would see the final runs of the game come when with Melky on first, Avi belts a home run to right center for a 7 to 3 Sox lead.

The first sweep of the A’s since 1997

Pack your travel bag as we head for home and a showdown with Cleveland and Corey Kluber who last time out was on the verge of a perfect game with 18 strikeouts. Chris Sale and the K Zone in the office tomorrow

 

Game 2 in Oakland

Rally Monkey

Rally Monkey

It is game 2 of the 3 game series with the Oakland A’s. The Sox pulled out an amazing win 7 to 6 and the last out to get the runner at home from a throw deep in the outfield from Adam Eaton, anything today will be possible.

John Danks is in the mound office today. Jake Petricka, Dan Jennings and David Robertson all helped out today.

Uniform: Gray away.

Line up: Eaton(Spanky), Cabrera(Melky), Abreu(Cannon), LaRoche(The Beard), Garcia, Gillaspie, Ramirez, Flowers, Sanchez

*Top of 1st – Cannon on with a single up the middle, The Beard with a single but they got the force at second.

*Bottom of 1st – 2 run home run opens the scoring giving the A’s the lead 2 – 0

*Top of 3rd – With Spanky and Melky on base, Avi’s single brings the boys home for a 2 – 2 ball game.

*Top of 5th – Melky on with a single,

*Top of 7th – With Spanky on 3rd thanks to his speed and a throwing error, Melky’s single brings him home for a 3 to 2 lead. Cannon doubled to deep center getting Melky across home plate for a 4 to 2 lead

*Top of 8th – Avi with a single to right, Conor is safe at first with Avi out thanks to the force. Missile on first with an infield single, Conor to second.

*Bottom of 8th – A’s add a run on a Double play. Sox still lead 4 – 3. Jake Petricka now has the office mound keys, Dan Jennings has taken over in the office. David Robertson is in the office

*Top of 9th – Cannon hit by a pitch

David Robertson out the game in the mound office. Final score White Sox 4 and the A’s 3. Jeff Samardzija is in the mound office for the final game of the series.

 

Game 3 with the Brewers

Chicago-White-Sox-Alt-Unis-2014It is one game apiece in this 3 game series, with Jose Quintana in the mound office today. Also helping him today was Jake Petricka, David Robertson

Line Up: Eaton(Spanky),Bonifacio(Emilio), Cabrera(Melky), Garcia(Avi), LaRoche, Ramirez(Missile), Beckham(Bacon), Flowers(T-Flow), Quintana

Uniform: Gray Uniform

*Top of 1st – Spanky walked,Melky’s Sac Fly gets Spanky home for a 1 – 0 lead.Avi with a solo shot makes it a 2 – 0 Sox lead. Laroche solo shot makes it a 3 – 0

*Top of 3rd – Melky on with a single,

*Top of 4th – Missile on with a single,

*Top of 5th – T-Flow with a single

*Top of 6th – Avi with a broken bat single,

*Top of 7th – Bacon with a double to open the inning, Spanky to first with a walk, Emilio with a single, brings Bacon home for a 4 – 0 lead, Melky with a walk loads the pond. Avi struck out to close the inning

*Bottom  of 8th – Brewers on the Board, Sox still lead 4 – 1. Jake Petricka on the office.

*Top of 9th – Spanky on with a single

*Bottom of the 9th – Brewers with a solo home run to take the score to 4 to 2 still in the Sox favor.

Final – The Sox win the game 4 to 2 and take the series 2 games to 1.

Pack your travel bag as we head for home and a much-needed day off. Then it is off to Oakland for a 3 game series with Carlos Rodon opening on Friday, John Danks on Saturday and Jeff Samardzjia

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back Chris

891White Sox Indians BaseballIt is Game 2 with the Brewers and Chris Sale is back in the office after serving his 5 day suspension. Helping Chris out in the office today was

Lineup: Eaton(Spanky), Cabrera, Abreu(Cannon), Garcia(Avi), Gillaspie(Conor), Ramirez(Missile), Flowers, Johnson, Sale, Bonifico

Uniform: Gray pants with black jerseys

*Bottom of 1st – after a triple, an out at first opens the scoring 1 – 0. An error by Conor and the runner is safe at first. Stolen base and error has the runner safe at second.

*Top of 4th – with a single and an error Cannon on at second. Avi with a single moves Cannon to 3rd.

*Top of the 5th – Missile with a double. A double by T-Flow and this game is tied at 1. Micah with a single and they wave T-Flow home for a 2 – 1 Sox lead. Micah safe at second on a steal.

*Bottom of the 5th – Tie score with a home run. Sox – 2 and Brewers – 2

*Top of the 7th – T-Flow on with a single, Micah on with a walk, Chris safe at first getting T-Flow at 3rd.

*Top of 8th – Cannon with a walk,Avi on first with a single, a wild pitch moves the boys to 2nd and 3rd(Cannon 90 feet from home)Conor at first with a walk,a Sac Fly from Missile gets Cannon home for a 3 to 2 Sox lead.

*Bottom of the 8th – Chris issues his first walk of the night

*Top of the 9th – an Error by the Catcher (E2) Micah is on first, Bonifico safe with a bunt but they got Micah at third. Spanky with a single to left, Cannon belts a single and brings home Bonifico home for a 4 to 2 lead.

*Bottom of the ninth – Bonifico in at second and David Robertson in the office.

Final Score — Sox 4 and the Brewers 2

Jose “The Q” Quintana in the office for the final game of the series

In Milwaukee

10361518_3509412416527_814849475004887912_nThe first of a 3 game series with the Milwaukee Brewers and Jeff Samardzija is back in the mound off today after surviving his 5 game suspension. In the office with him today was Zach Putnam, Hector Noesi in for one pitch and gets the out.

Line Up: Eaton(Spanky), Cabrera(Melky), Abreu(Cannon), Garcia, Gillaspie(Conor), Ramirez(Missile), Soto, Johnson,(Jeff)Samardzija

Uniform today is the gray away

*Top of the 1st – Eaton was safe at first on a throwing error and Cabrera taps into a double play.

*Bottom of 1st – Brewers open the scoring 1 – 0, a home run gives the Brewers a 3 – 0 lead.

*Bottom of 2nd – a double takes the score to 4 to 0 in the Brewers favor. A blooper takes the score to 5 – 0

*Top of the 4th – Spanky on with a single, Abreu on with a single.

*Bottom of 4th – back to back doubles make it s 6 to 0 Brewers lead

*Top of the 5th – Conor on with a single up the middle, Soto with his first HOME RUN of the season, the Sox cut the lead to 6 – 2. Jeff with a single to center. Spanky with a double, Jeff held at 3rd, Melky walks to load the pond. Abreu hits into a force at 2nd to close the inning

*Bottom of the 5th – a triple and E-9 make it a 7 – 2 Brewers lead

*Top of 7th – Soto with a single to center, Beckham pitch batting for Jeff, and an error we now have runners at the corners. Spanky’s single brings Soto home and its a 7 – 3 Brewers lead. Wild pitch moves Spanky to second. Abreu’s single gets a pair home and the Sox trail by 2 , 7 to 5.

*Bottom of the 7th – Gordon Beckham now at second and Zach Putnam in the office

*Top of the 8th – Conor open’s with a double. Ramirez with a single and they hold Conor at 3rd. Adam LaRoche to the plate and his single brings Conor home for a 7 to 6 Brewers lead, Spank’s single brings Missile home and ties the score at 7 all.

*Bottom of the 8th – A 2 run homer takes the lead 9 to 7. Another homer take it to 10 to 7. Hector Noesi now in the office

*Top of the 9th – Cannon on with a single, Avi hits into a Rack Em up (double play)

Final Score Brewers – 10 and Sox – 7

Chris Sale returns tomorrow night to the mound office.

 

 

 

Weekend with the Reds

Cincinnati+Reds+v+Chicago+White+Sox+BHb7jhRa3OvlThe Cincinnati Reds rolled in to The Cell for a 3 game series to close out this home stand. Friday’s game was postponed due to rain, turning Saturday into a double-header

*Game One – Hector Noesi in the office. Reds 10 and Sox 4

Hector took a line drive off his hip in the second inning and departed, with Scott Carroll taking over, also in the office was Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings and Jake Petricka

It was a quiet game til the top of the 6th when the Reds opened the scoring with a 2 – 0 lead. The added another run in the top of the 7th for a 3 – 0 lead.

The bottom of the inning saw the Sox offense finally get going when Alexei Ramirez smacked his 100th home run to left center. Sox 1 and Red 3.

The top of the 9th saw the reds pile on 7 more runs for a 10 to 1 lead, the bottom of the inning saw Jose Abreu’s solo shot to left add a second run to the Sox total, Adam LaRoche walked and moved to 3rd on a double by Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie with a Sac Fly to right, gets LaRoche home for a 10 to 3 Reds lead, with Garcia at 3rd Ramirez, grounding to the shortstop brings Avi home for the last run the Sox were able to score.

*Game 2 – Carlos Rodon in the office, Sox 8 and Reds 2

Rodon has made me eat my words, to be honest after his first 2 appearances I honestly thought that him starting would be a disaster but in 6 innings with 8 strikeouts and 4 walks he held his nerve and did very well from what my Sisters have shared with me. Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and David Robertson who now has an ERA of 0.00 after this game.

The Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd with Avi Garcia already on base, Alexei Ramirez smacks home run #101 for a 2 – 0 Sox lead.

Top of the 3rd the Reds would tie the score at 2 all. ( It would be the Sox from here on out doing all the scoring.)

Bottom of the 4th the Sox would take back the lead when, Ramirez doubles to left and Gordon Beckham with a single to left would bring Ramirez home for a 3 to 2 lead.

Bottom of 6th would see the Sox add two more runs with Solo shots from Avi Garcia and Beckham. Sox 5 and Reds 2.

Bottom of the 7th would see the Sox add the final runs of the day when, Eaton walked and went to second on a balk by the Reds Pitcher, Melky Cabrera’s single to center would see the speedy Eaton cross the plate, Melky moves to second on an Abreu line drive to right, LaRoche with another single gets Melky home and holds Abreu at 3rd. LaRoche scores the 8th and final run of the day on a Gordon Beckham Sac Fly

*Game Three – John Danks in the office. Reds 3 and Sox 4

John Danks would finally have a confidence building outing that he was much needing. in 7 innings he struck out 4 and walked 3. Danks had help in the office from, Zach Duke and David Robertson.

Bottom of the 2nd would see the Sox open the scoring when, Tyler Flowers doubles and J.B Shuck walked when, Emilio Bonifacio would tap a soft line drive to right bringing Flowers home and Shuck to 3rd for a 1 – 0 Sox lead. Cincy would tie the score in the top of the 4th inning

Bottom of the 7th and 8th would see the Sox add 2 more runs for a 3 to 1 Sox lead. Cincy would tie things up at the top of the 9th, forcing the Sox to bat in the bottom of the inning to win the game or send it to extra inning.

Bottom of the 9th – Abreu and LaRoche would both get out, leaving the classic 2 out run rally to get started, and it did when, Garcia and Ramirez both singled, with Avi held up at 2nd base. with Beckham at the plate, a wild pitch would move the winning run of Garcia to 3rd and Ramirez to 2nd. Beckham smacked a line drive to right bring Garcia home for the winning run and taking the series 2 takes to 1.

It is a quick trip for a 3 game series with the Brewers in Wisconsin before a day off and packing the bags for a trip out west to see the Oakland A’s

 

 

 

 

 

Friday News

10857267_10153712083578298_67402776421175592_oIt was a 4 to 1 loss today for the Sox, still wearing the 1983 winning ugly uniforms. I look at it this way, we did score and there were no errors.

Joining Jose Quintana in the mound office today also Jake Petricka, Dan Jennings and Zach Putnam.

Playing today: Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Tyler Flowers, Micah Johnson.

Detroit put the first score on the board the top of the first, with the Sox tying up the game in the bottom of the 4th. The Kitty’s added 1 in the top of the 5th and 2 more in the top of the 8th for the 4 to 1 win.

*IN OTHER NEWS

Jeff Samardzjia is currently serving his suspension and Chris Sale starts his today.(Chicago time)

Matt Albers will be out longer as he needed surgery on his broken finger.

Robert Brantly is out with a left thumb fracture. Rob went on the list, March 27th.

Nate Jones is continuing his recovery and the recent news is on May 8th he was expected to throw a side session

The Cincinnati Reds arrive for a series starting on Friday with Hector Noesi listed as a probable starter for game 1, Carlos Rodon will make his major league at starting pitcher on May 9 in-game 2, Mothers Day will see John Danks with the keys to the mound office.

Monday May 11 is out first visit of the season with the Brewers and Jeff Samardzija will be off suspension and back in the mound office.