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.
**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.
I knew it would be interesting when I got the 1st score alarm and its 4 to 0 after 1 in the Sox favor.
Top of 1st – it was an error by the Seattle 2nd baseman that got things going, Yolmer Sanchez walked and it was the hit by Melky that the seattle 2nd baseman fumbled that allowed Melky to be safe. Jose Abreu with a double getting Sanchez home for a 1 to 0 lead. Avi Garcia to the plate, belts a massive home run over the left field fence for a 4 to 0 Sox lead.
The top of the 3rd would see Avi step to the plate again for a solo shot to right for a 5 to 0 Sox lead.
Top of the 4th and the Sox would double the score starting with, Timmy Anderson with a single, Matt Davidson moving him to second on a walk. Omar Narvaez would load the pond with a single to left center. Willy Garcia sac fly to center would get Timmy home for a 6 to 0 lead. Melky’s single to left would get Matt and Omar home to extend the lead to 8 to 0. Avi with a double would get Yolmer and Melky home to blow out the lead to 10 to 0.
The home half of the 6th inning would see Seattle finally score a run. Sox 10 and Seattle 1
The White Sox would open the 7th inning when, With Avi and Jose already on base Todd Frazier would send a ball to center getting Jose and Avi home for a 12 to 1 lead. Matt Davidson with home run #8, with Todd on base its a 14 to 1 Sox lead. Willy Garcia with his 1st Major league home run for a 15 to 1 Sox lead.
Top of the 9th and Willy Garcia with a sac fly to center, Timmy gets home for a 16 to 1 Sox lead.
Chris Beck would take over from Dan Jennings to lock up the office.
Final score White Sox 16 and Seattle 1
The boys are 3.5 games out of 1st.
Derek Holland in the office for the final game in Seattle.
The Sox found their winning ways with a second win over the San Diego Padres at home on Mother’s Day weekend
May 13th — the Sox would take the win 5 to 4 with a walk off from a single by Yolmer Sanchez to get Tyler Saladino home
May 14th — Jose Quintana headed to the office for the after meeting, Everyone wearing their white uniforms trimmed in pink.
Bottom of the 1st — With Leury Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez already on the pond, Jose Abreu was hit by a pitch. Avi Garcia grounded into a double play getting Leury home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead.
Things would quiet down until the top of the 7th when San Diego would smash a 3 run homer over the right field fence taking the lead 3 to 1.
The bottom of the 8th and the Sox would answer with 8 runs in the inning. It all started when, with Sanchez and Abreu already on the pond, Avi was safe at 1st on an error to load the pond. Todd Frazier walked to keep the pond full bringing home Sanchez for a 3 to 2 Padres lead. Melky with a single getting Todd to 3rd, Abreu and Avi home for a 4 to 2 Sox lead. Todd scored on a Tyler pop out (no one paying attention and Todd sneaked home and Melky to second) 5 to 3 Sox lead. Willy Garcia with a single brings Melky home for a 6 to 3 Sox lead. Leury with a double brings home Narvaez and Willy home for an 8 to 3 lead. Yolmer with a single bring home Leury for a 9 to 3 Sox lead.
**Final Score — White Sox 9 and Padres 3
Sox with a day off tomorrow before 10 game road trip out west starting with the Angels for 3, up to Seattle for 4 over the weekend and finish with 3 in Arizona visiting the D Backs before heading home. A day off before welcoming the Tigers for a weekend series for Homecoming Weekend. The double-header on Friday is a make up game from April 5. Game one starts at 4:10 chicago time.
May 29th is the start of the Sox Draw battle and the 1st visit by Chris Sale since the trade.
The Sox wasted no time getting on the board when with Melky on the pond, Jose Abreu belts a 423 foot homer to center for a 2 to 0 Sox lead.
Matt Davidson taking inspiration from Jose Abreu home run from early decided ” Well if you can do that so can I” smacking a home run over the left center field fence for a 3 to 0 Sox lead.
Holland holding his own in the office keeping the Royals off the pond.
Top of the 4th inning would see the Sox get run happy again when, with 2 of the Garcia Law Firm (Avi and Leury) already on base, Cody Asche doubles getting Avi and Leury home for a 5 to 0 Sox lead.
Top of the 7th the Sox would add 2 more runs, with Melky and Jose Abreu already on base, Avi with a single to right getting the boys home for a 7 to 0 lead. The bottom of the 7th would see the Royals finally get on the pond and get 2 runs home cutting the Sox lead 7 to 2.
Top of the 8th would see the Sox score their final run when, with Matt Davidson on the pond, thanks to a walk gets home thanks to a Yolmer Sanchez single. Sox 8 and Royals 2. The bottom of the inning would see the Royals add their final run. Closing the inning at Sox 8 and Royals 3
Tommy Kahnle in to lock up the office for an 8 to 3 Sox win.
Nate Jones has joined the growing list with right elbow soreness and will be on the 10 day list. Nate was afraid that he was heading for Tommy John surgery again as he was having numbness in his throwing hand. Scans have ruled that out. Hoping that just resting him will take care of the problem.
Carlos Rodon has been moved to the 60 day list, he is throwing off the mound as of May 4.
** Heading to Baltimore for a 3 game series. Home for a day off then welcoming the Twins for a series.
The Sox and Indians are tied for 1st place, Twins a 1/2 game out, Tigers a game out, Kansas city 6 games out.
Dylan Covey got the office keys today for the 2nd game of the series.
The Royals opened the scoring in the top of the 1st when Perez singled and Cain scored for a 1 to 0 K.C lead
The Sox tied the score in the bottom of the 2nd when, with Avi Garcia, Matt Davidson and Omar Narvaez all on the pond, Leury Garcia with a single to left brings Avi home for a 1 all ball game.
Kansas City took the lead again in the top of the 3rd 2 to 1 but in the bottom of half of the inning chicago tied it back up, Tim Anderson scoring on a Todd Frazier Sac Fly to center. Close of 3rd inning the score is tied at 2 a piece.
Home half of the 4th, the Sox would take the lead back, Narvaez doubled to right, Leury Garcia doubled to bring Omar home for a 3 to 2 lead, Anderson single brought home Leury for a 4 to 2 lead.
Bottom of the 5th, Sox extended their lead, Jose Abreu scored on a Frazier double, (5 to 2 Sox), On a Sanchez triple, Frazier scored taking the lead to 6 to 2 in favor of the Sox.
Home half of the 7th, the Sox added 2 more when, with Frazier, Avi Garcia and Sanchez on the pond, Narvaez with a single to right, Frazier and Avi Garcia home for an 8 to 2 lead.
Two more runs in the bottom of the 8th would see, Melky on the pond and Frazier doubled bringing Melky home, Avi with a double of his own getting Todd home for a 10 to 2 Sox lead.
Top of the 9th would have the Royals add 3 more runs but it was all they could get.
Sox 10 and Kansas City 5
I know that Kendria over at Weaver’s Sports Center https://weaversfootballblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/indians-vs-white-sox-deja-vu/ will cringe when reading this, she loves her Indians but also is a Sox Fan.
The Sox wore their gray away uniforms today while, the Indians wore their all white uniforms.
Miguel Gonzalez in the office for the Sox facing Josh Tomlin for the Indians.
*Top of the first with Timmy Anderson at the plate and with Josh Tomlin 1st pitch Timmy smacks a solo shot for a 1 to 0 Sox lead. With Cody Asche and Avi Garcia already on base, Matt Davidson belts his own, taking the score to 4 to 0. Omar Narvaez bring home Yolmer Sanchez for a 5 to 0 Sox lead.
Cleveland get 1 home for a 5 to 1 Sox lead in the home half of the inning.
*Top of the 2nd and the Sox blow out the lead when Avi steps to the plate already having Melky and Jose Abreu on the pond, send a line drive to center getting Melky and Jose home and Avi pulling into second base. White Sox 7 and Indians 1
All quiet til home half of the 5th when, Indians Michael Brantly with a solo shot for a 7 to 2 Sox lead. Jose Ramirez scores on a Lonnie Chisenhall line drive to right chipping at the Sox lead to 7 to 3.
The top of the 8th would see the Sox add 3 more runs when, Timmy Anderson scores on a Jose Abreu line drive to right, Melky pulls into 2nd. Thanks to Cody Asche single, Melky crosses the plate for a 9 to 3 Sox lead. On an Avi Garcia shot to right, Jose Abreu is home for a 10 to 3 Sox lead.
The final run of the game scored by the Indians was a Yan Gomes solo home run for a 10 to 4 Sox lead. The Sox were able to shut down any run try by the Indians in the bottom of the 9th.
The Indians are getting the litter box ready for the Tigers to visit who are currently sitting in first place.
The Sox are heading to Minnesota to have a snack on some Twinkies (Minnesota Twins)
If I could have been anywhere today it would have been in Chicago at the park to have the final game experience. I have listened to people complain all year about why bother going. Go for all of us who can’t go, share with us your favorite seat, what do you like to eat at the park. There are a lot of Sox fans here in Australia who would love to be able to go. We get up at all hours of the night here to be able to watch and try and be a part of things.
I choose to look at things a little different, I see the positives. Sure I am frustrated and wished it had been a better season but there are pieces that did work and with the right foundation we can be in the mix next year.
*Injuries — boy did they bite us and hard. It seems like center field was cursed for a long time. Losing Austin Jackson, and Charlie Tilson both to season ending injuries was really tough, both are on the road to recovery and I hope we get to see them next year. Zack Duke and Jake Petricka with their injuries really took a lot of stability out of the bull pen.
*Adam Eaton – WOW, what an amazing season in right, Baserunners learned and early that if your gong to challenge him , most likely he will throw you out. Congrats on being a Dad.
*Brett Lawrie – I miss your excitement and silliness. Your energy was missed and I hope that you will be back next year, you had some amazing plays and I just sat here at my desk and shook my head as wondered how did you do it.
*J.B Shuck, Tyler Saladino, Carlos Sanchez – Thank You for stepping up in a moments notice, you all have grown as players and I really hope we get to see you again next season.
*Chris Sale, Miguel Gonzalez, Jose Quintana, Nate Jones, David Robertson – This group of gentleman to me is our core of the pitching staff. Sure there have been those crappy moments but there has also been moments of brilliance and I hope you stay together.
*Hawk , Steve and Jason — Thanks for all the call of the game, learning a bit with Sox math. I have even developed a few of my own Hawkisms for fun. Not sure if Hawk will go another season. If you decide not to have another year with us Hawk then “THANKS” for the fun and the knowledge you have shared with us.
Chris Sale is off to the showers leaving Juan Minaya the keys to the office, Jacob Turner on way to the office for the final outing for him this season. Chris Beck found the office keys under the rosin bag. Chris just turned off the office lights in the visitors half of the 9th, Chris has the door closed (2 outs) Chris just locked the door with that strike out. ( 3 outs)
Final Record 78 and 84
**THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to leave comments, feed back and all. Thanks to my Daughter Kendria who has come on board over at https://weaversfootballblog.wordpress.com/ for helping to cover games so I could have a bit of a life at times.
A Year with the Chicago White Sox is taking a break but will be back with winter news as needed
Have a safe winter and see you
April 3, 2017 for White Sox Baseball