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.
Welcome to the Fox Den Sports Desk. Kendria is joining me for games 2 and 3. I wanted to go back and take a closer look at some of the questions that Kendria posed yesterday.
This should be an interesting game, Cricket, Corey Kluber (Indians) against Jose Quintana (White Sox). What are your thoughts of the match up??. . . . Corey against Jose Quintana is a good even match up. Q will have to hold his nerve and hope that the offense can lend a hand.
Did you hear Jose Abreu is one of only 7 with 100 RBI’s in their first 3 seasons? Do you think Cannon (Abreu) can do it again? . . . . Yes Canon should have no issues hitting that 100 RBI mark again, once he gets his bat really going.
Avisail Garcia is one of the top hitters so far this season. Right now he is batting a .400. Cricket, any thoughts?…….Avi was still finding his feet last year after his shoulder surgery. I have been blown away but the work he did in the offseason. He has lost weight but put on muscle and that should help with the power of belting home runs.
Kendria, I wanted to ask you about your team’s injury list, Cody Anderson is out for the year with just having Tommy John surgery. How will that affect the rest of the staff gong forward? Charlie Tilson is our only long-term injury listing right now. He had a stress fracture back in Spring training and is slowly working on building his playing activities.
The Indians took game 2 with a 7 to 0 shutout.
Game 3 had Derek Holland facing off against Danny Salazar. whats your thoughts on todays match up Kendria?
The Sox wearing their throwback 80’s uniforms, and Cleveland in their gray away pants with navy jerseys.
The Sox open the bottom of the 1st, Timmy Anderson with a double to center for the first hit of the game. Tyler Saladino with a shallow single moving Tim to 3rd. Melky with a sac fly gets Timmy home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead. Jose Abreu with a single to right, Saladino scored and Abreu pulls into 3rd thanks to the error by Almonte. (Kendria, what happened there, a rare mistake by Cleveland) Sox 2 and Indians 0, Todd Frazier walked, Leury Garcia singled to bring home Abreu for a 3 to 0 Sox lead.
Top of the 4th and Lindo oped the Indians scoring with a solo home run to left. Sox 3 and Indians 1
Bottom of the 5th, Sox half of the inning, Abreu reached 1st after being hit by a pitch, Frazier struck out, Avi with a double gets Abreu home for a 4 to 1 Sox lead, Avi reaches 3rd on a throwing error. That is 2 errors for the game by Cleveland, any issues you can spot, Kendria?
The Sox add another run in the bottom of the 6th on the 3rd throwing error by Cleveland when Melky singles to left, getting Narvaez home (catcher dropped the ball) , Melky is able to pull into 2nd. Sox 5 and Indians 1
Bottom of the 8th see the Sox add their final run of the game, with May and Anderson already on the pond, Abreu is safe after a throwing error, May scored and Anderson stopping at 3rd, White Sox 6 and Indians 1
Top of the 9th and the Sox send closer David Robertson to the office, Chisenhall already on base, Kipnis walked, Robertson with a wild pitch and Chisenhall speeds home for a 6 to 2 Sox lead. Robbie gets Santana swinging to lock up the office.
White Sox 6 and Indians 2
**The White Sox will host the Kansas City Royals for 3 games before a day off.
**The Indians have a day off before hosting the Houston Astros
Thanks again to Kendria for joining me for this series and we will do it again when the 2 teams meet again this season.
It was all quiet until the top of the 3rd inning when Avi Garcia stepped to the plate. The guy is hot and getting hotter smacking a solo shot over the center field fence for a 1 to 0 Sox lead.
Gonzo had the perfect game going until the Yankee’s spoiled it in the bottom of the 5th with a single to the shortstop
The bottom of the 7th saw Avi Garcia step to the plate again but this time with runners on the pond belting a 3 run homer to left center, extending the Sox lead 4 to 0.
David Robertson came in to close the office but got in some trouble, with 2 outs walked in a run for a 4 to 1 Sox lead. Robbie got the next Yankee’s batter to hit into a double play for the final out.
The series decider is set with, Dylan Covey listed as the probable starter for the Sox.
The Sox are sitting 1.5 games out of 1st with a record of 7 wins, 6 losses.
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