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.
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
BUT it’s raining.
The silly season has started already as the rumor mill has it that Robin will be offered a contract in 2017. Day Hayes is reporting that those reports are inaccurate. It is time for Robin to move on, come on Uncle Jerry, you want a winning team don’t you. Well, get rid of Kenny Williams also. What has he done to help this cause, NOT MUCH.
Now with that vent out-of-the-way: It should be Miguel Gonzalez working the office today.
Adam Eaton is out of the line up again, not sure why but hoping can find out when game starts.
1st pitch is a dead on strike.
Avi Garcia with a walk, 1st on the pond.
In the outfield is the law firm: Garcia, Garcia and Coats
Bottom of 3rd and Jason Coats gets his 3rd major league double. (bottom of 3rd and it’s the Tarps on again)
pitching change for Tampa Bay — Tim Anderson back at the plate and Jason Coats on 2nd.
Bottom of 4th and Melky on with a single.
Todd Frazier goes YARD for a 1 to 0 Sox lead, Avi with a walk. Carlos with a single, Avi stops at 2nd
Rain delay of 1 hour 15 minutes
Bottom of 8th and Timmy on with a double. Leury hit by a pitch,
Miguel is out to finish this off, he just turned out the office lights, the Rays batter got a single and Gonzo is done for the season but gets a wonderful round of applause for his work tonight from the fans who are left. David Robertson on his way to pick up the keys from Robin.
Robbie with 1 pitch and a rack’em up (double play) closes the office door and locks it for the win
White Sox – 1 and Rays – 0
We don’t have much time left with the boys and I want to enjoy them while they are still playing.
Adam Eaton is out on concession protocol and could return on Monday.
Q got himself with loaded bases and then out of the mess, He has had to do that a few times this year.
This season has been a mess from the word go, starting with the pitching rotation. In my book that sets the tone for the season. Gong to the bullpen before the 5th or 6th inning also puts alot of stress on the boys. some of them having to pitch longer than they are due to .
It really is time for Robin to go. We need fresh eyes, someone who can inspire the guys and give better support. Maybe he does and we can’t see it but it’s time for new blood at the helm
I wanted to listen to Hawk for the last few away games. I know a lot of you are not fans but I have learned so much about baseball and heard some great stories. I even write in Hawkisms, and created a couple of my own. Not sure if he will be back next season but I wanted to have those last few games with him just incase.
Bottom of 2 and the Indians get on the board 2 to 1. Jose is in a world of hurt at 50 pitches already. Chris Beck up and getting loose.
Top of the 5th saw Leury Garcia with a single, stole second and got to 3rd on a mis throw into center. Melky with a single getting Leury home for a 3 to 1 Sox lead.
Top of 6th and Todd Frazier puts it on the board for a 4 to 1 Sox lead.
We have good piece, losing Brett Lawrie, the curse of the center field, losing Charlie Tilson and Austin Jackson. Wonder if everyone had stayed healthy what might have happened.
On the way to the showers Jose slipped the keys in Tommy Kahnle ball cap, You could hear him yell when he put his hat on, “Damn Q that hurt”
Tommy is done, leaving the keys with Robin for Dan Jennings
Top of the 8th — J.B Shuck in to pitch run for Justin Morneau, hoping to see J.B next season. (yes, I am a fan partly due to him being a Buckeye). He is good in the outfield. If he could get some good consistent playing time things would improve. (He had a hot streak going with the bat but with the outfield moving around he lost time)
Todd is safe at first, the double clutch cost the out. Avi with a single gets J. B home for a 5 to 1 Sox lead. Carlos with a single getting Todd home for a 6 to 1 Sox lead. Leury Garcia with a single of his own to get Todd home for a 7 to 1 lead. Carlos Sanchez home on a wild pitch for an 8 to 1 lead.
Bottom of 8th and Nasty Nate Jones in the office. What a come back he has had. The back issues and then had to go through Tommy John. I think he is actually better now then he was before, his confidence and control is amazing. Working in some ways as a set up for David Robertson.
David Robertson finally turns the office lights out (1 out), Robbie hit the batter (by no means did he mean to ), Robbie with 2 on the pond, Finally Robbie shuts the door with that second out. (like the beard back), with another strikeout Robbie locks the door.
Final Score is White Sox – 8 and Indians – 1
Chris Sale with the office keys to open this 4 game series in Kansas City
Tyler Saladino in at short to give Tim Anderson a day off. Justin Morneau is still not 100% and hoping to be back soon.
Tyler opens the Sox hitting with a single, Tyler out on a steal, Jose Abreu with a single.
Chris’s 1st pitch is a strike
Todd Frazier walked to open the 2nd. Alex Avila walks moving Todd to 2nd. Avi Garcia walks and the pond is loaded, with no outs. Leury Garcia ground to 3rd, Todd home and Alex and Avi advance feet. Sox — 1 and Royals — 0.
Jose with a single opens the top of 3, Melky with a double. A sac fly by Todd gets Jose home for a 2 to 0 Sox lead.
Bottom of 5th and Chris’s no-hitter is gone. Royals have tied up the game at 2 a piece.
Bottom of 6th and the Royals take the lead 3 to 2, they add another for a 4 to 2 lead.
Todd barely got out-of-the-way, Todd with a 1 out standup double. Alex with a single getting Todd home for a 4 to 3 game, J.B. shuck in to pitch run. Carlos Sanchez with a home run and Sox take the lead 6 to 4. Carlos 1st home run since 2015.
Top of 8th and Melky adds a solo shot for a 7 to 4 Sox lead.
Bottom of 9th and Chris refused to give Robbie the office keys, thanks to Leury and the office lights are out. (Chris gave up 1st walk) Door is shut thanks to a strike out. Lock that door this game is ova with that strikeout.
Win #16 for Chris
Miguel Gonzalez will have to go digging in Chris’s locker to find the keys for tomorrow
Sox – 7 and Royals – 4
Final game of the series and for some unknown reason James Shields found the office keys. This could go one of 2 ways, Sox win the series or we split it. Winning the series would be nice since it is something we have not done all season especially against the tribe.
1st pitch a strike
For those who missed the game the boys wore the white pinstripe pants with black jerseys.
16 pitches top open the 2nd for James. It was not pretty but James with the flick from Todd got the 3rd out.
Top of the 3rd the Tribe would score their only run for the day when, (James has lost his control and has walked 2 after a single) Sac Fly gets the job done for a 1 to 0 Indian’s lead.
The Sox get their 1st run in the bottom of the 4th when — Jose Abreu goes “Yard” to left for a 1 all ball game.
Top of 6th and James struck out 8, striking out the side.
Chris Beck got the keys from James as he was walking to the showers. Chris Leaves the Keys with Robin for Dan Jennings (matching left-handed batter to left-handed pitcher)
Top of the 8th and nasty Nate Jones found the office keys when he put his hat on.
Who caught Nate passing the keys to David Robertson during their secret handshake?
Bottom of 9th and it’s still tied at 1 all
Omar Narvaez at the plate – Leadoff single – pitch runner Leury Garcia to take over at 1st. Leury safe at 2nd on a steal, Carlos Sanchez at the plate and a single to right gets Leury home for a 2 to 1 Sox win
Sox — 2 and Indians – 1
Pack your travel bags we are going on the road to Kansas City for a weekend series with Chris Sale, Miguel Gonzalez, Jose Quintana listed as having office keys for the series.
Game 3 with the Indians today and Carlos Rodon will open the office today. This could go one of many ways, Sox Can win the series by winning today or we could split it 2 games all or, sssshhhhhh(sweep the series) but you didn’t hear me say that.
For those who could not see the boys are wearing white pants and black jerseys
1st pitch a strike.
With 2 out in the 1st Melky with a single
Thanks to a defect off the pitcher’s glove and a miscue by the shortstop Tyler Saladino is safe at first. RBI 3 base hit for Adam Eaton gets tyler home to open the scoring 1 to 0.
Carlos gave up 2 walks and with a triple the Indians take the lead 2 to 1. A broken Bat single and it’s 3 to 1 Indians lead.
Bottom of 4th and Todd Frazier with a stand up double.
Indians with a 3 run homer extending their lead to 6 to 1. (after that pitch Carlos is off to the showers, Blake Smith caught the keys)
Melky opens the hitting in the 6th with a single
Michael Ynoa stole the keys from Blake when he was in the shower.
Michael tucked the keys into Juan Minaya pants pocket
Indians — 6 and Sox — 1
Someone please hide the keys from James Shields so he cant pitch tomorrow
It is game 2 and Jose Quintana is in the office tonight. the world record was set
Adam Eaton opens the Sox hitting with a single, Tim Anderson and Melky get Adam to 3rd, a single by Jose Abreu gets Adam home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead.
Indians tie up the score at 1 all in the top of the 2nd.
It’s the bottom of the 4th and it’s been the pitcher’s dueling. Score is still 1 to 1.
In the bottom of the 6th with the pond full, Cannon with a single getting Adam home for a 2 to 1 Sox lead. (Adam reached the pond with a walk, Timmy singled, Melky with a single to load the pond) Todd Frazier with a single getting Timmy and Melky home. It’s 4 to 1 Sox, Avi with a single getting Cannon home for a 5 to 1 Sox lead. Carlos Sanchez with a triple getting Todd and Avi home for a 7 to 1 Sox lead. Spanky with a ground ruled double and it’s 8 to 1 Sox lead.
Chris Beck with the Keys to close out the game, and he is able to lock up the office door with 37 pitches.
Final Score Sox — 8 and Indians — 1
Game three and Jose Quintana in the office today. It was about a half hour rain delay
The boys wore the whites today.
Tim Anderson opens the Sox hitting with a single, Melky with a double, Timmy slams on the gas and heads for home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead. Jose Abreu gets hung up in a run down, Melky heads for home to get Jose to 2nd.
Tigers take the lead at the top of the 2nd with a 3 run homer. Sox — 1 and Tigers — 3.
Tyler Saladino with a single to open the home half of the 3rd. Adam Eaton with a walk, Timmy gets the runners moved over, Melky with a single gets Tyler home for a 3 to 2 Kitties lead. Jose Abreu with a sac fly getting Adam home for a 3 all ball game.
Bottom of 5th and Jose with a single to right, Justin Morneau with a single of is own. it’s a fast ball and the boys advance 90 feet, but the boys are left on the pond.
Q picked off the base runner for Detroit
A kitties double and it’s a 4 to 3 Detroit lead. Q at 116 pitches leaves under the rosin bag for Chris Beck to let himself in.
Jose Abreu to open the 8th, with a single to left, Justin with a double getting Jose home for a 4 all game. (J.B Shuck in running for Justin)Avi Garcia with a single getting J.B home for a 5 to 4 game. Omar Narvaez with a walk. Avi with a steal safe at 2nd. David Robertson up and working in the pen. tyler with a single getting Avi home for a 6 to 4 lead,Adam Eaton with a single to left getting Omar home for a 7 to 4 lead. the Sox batted through the order.
David Robertson in to lock up the office. (Nasty Nate up and working) Lights out (strike out) Melky with the pop fly shuffle for door closed, Door locked on a strikeout and this game is ova. Save #35 for Robbie
Sox — 7 and Kitties — 4
Day off tomorrow.
Mind your manners, the Royals are coming
It’s game 2 in the series and welcome back Miguel Gonzalez who opens the office today.
Zack Berdi has been shutdown for the season.
Jose Quintana with the keys to close the series.
Miguel’s 1st pitch is a strike
Tim Anderson with a lead off single (cancel the post game show)
Jose Abreu with a solo shot to open the scoring 1 to 0. Avi Garcia with a single
Miguel hit batter.
Bottom of 5th and Jason Coats with a double, Omar Narvaez with a single gets Jason home for a 2 to 0 Sox lead
They are managing Miguel and Dan Jennings has picked up the keys. Nasty Nate Jones on the way to get the keys from Dan to help home this lead, pond is full
Bottom of 8th and Timmy with a walk and stolen base.
David Robertson in the office to close up shot for today. Even Robbie knew that was a foul ball
Lights out, Door closed, Robbie locks the door and this game is ova
Sox — 2 and Tigers — 0