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.
The Sox would send Derek Holland to the office for the Sox in-game 2 of the series.
Baltimore would open the scoring with 1 run in the first. Derek would then settle down and hold things through the top of the 4th inning. The home half of the inning would have the Sox finally getting on the board when, with Melky and Jose Abreu already on the pond thanks to singles by both boys, Avi Garcia with a double bringing home Melky and Jose for a 2 to 1 Sox lead.
The bottom of the 6th – Jose opened the pond with a single, Avi was hit by a pitch moving Jose to 2nd, Todd Frazier walked to load the pond. Matt Davidson after being patient at the plate would belt a screaming Grand Slam to left for a 6 to 1 Sox lead. That was Matt’s first grand slam of his career.
**Final Score — Sox 6 and Baltimore 1. Derek got the win with help from, Chris Beck, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak
With the day’s events the Sox are currently 6 games out. The Sox are currently in a rain delay as of the writing of this article.
**Injury news — James Shields has come off the Injury list and is listed for his first start in Toronto.
**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.
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.
I am loving this team for 2017. They are going about business and getting things done, surprising a lot of people. Before the season started when Chris Sale and Adam Eaton were both traded, to be honest a bit of a shock but it has turned out for the best. We have some great new kids who are playing damn good ball. The keyboard doubters said that we needed to lose a bunch of games and get a better trade deal when the season was over. At the time of writing this the Sox were only half a game ahead of Cleveland, Minnesota and Detroit. Other divisions have started to sort themselves out some but I am secretly hoping that by the all-star break it is still this close.
On Tuesday the boys went to work in Kansas City with Jose Quintana in the office. Jose had not had a great start to the season but once he finds his feet its hard to stop him and Tuesday was a brilliant outing. He threw 8 shutout innings of ball with Anthony Swarzak locking up the office.
The Sox scored 2 in the second, third and sixth innings for a 6 to 0 score line.
It was time for Robin Venture to leave and his replacement of Rick Renteria, in my book has been part of what was needed. Rick has brought a new excitement to the dugout and he is one of the first to greet the boys after scoring runs. He is also there when the starting pitcher is done for the game. Giving words of encouragement no doubt.
The injury list has not been updated as of today. 5 pitchers on there with what is looking like minor things to deal with. Getting them all healthy will be the challenge but then what do you do with them once they are back playing?
Charlie Tilson is our only other player in the list, from the stress fracture that happened in spring training. As of April 23 he was out of the moon boot and able to start load bearing activities. I really hope we get the chance to see what he can do.
I really think this is going to be an interesting season and I cant wait to see how things play out.
This group is going to surprise all of us.
I have no doubt.
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
Miguel Gonzalez was in the office putting his 2 and 0 record on the line. Facing Jason Vargas from the Royals.
Bottom of the 2nd saw Matt Davidson with a solo shot to center for a 1 to 0 Sox lead. The Royals would score their only run in the bottom of the inning for a 1 all game.
The bottom of the 3rd the Sox would take the lead when, Timmy Anderson scored on a Jose Abreu single. 2 to 1 sox
Melky Cabrera would smack an RBI line drive to center scoring, Anderson and Leury Garcia for a 4 to 1 Sox lead.
The bottom of the 6th would see the Sox scoring almost at will tacking on 8 runs, With Avi Garcia already on base, Matt Davidson doubles to right getting Avi home, (5 to 1 Sox). Anderson’s fly to center would see Matt Davidson get home and L.Garcia stopping on 2nd (6 to 1 Sox), Tyler Saladino with a triple brings home, L. Garcia and Anderson for an 8 to 1 Sox lead. Todd Frazier joined the run fest with a double moving Jose Abreu to 3, Saladino and Melky both cross home plate for a 10 to 1 Sox lead. Matt Davidson back to the plate for another shot, this time kissing a single to left, Frazier and Abreu heading for home ticking the scoreboard over to 12 to 1 Sox thumping.
Miguel Gonzalez took care of the office till the 8th inning when Anthony Swarzak got the keys to close up the office for the night.
Before the game today the Sox are just 1 game out of first.
The injury list is not playing favorites as we have a few pitchers on the list; Juan Minaya has been throwing to batters and he should be heading to a rehab assignment anytime. jake Petricka is being re-evaluated as of April 23, Zack Putnam has right elbow inflammation, spending the next 10 days on the list. Carlos Rodon has been playing catch with Coach Cooper. James Shields is on the 10 day list recovering from a Right lat strain. Charlie Tilson on the 60 day list still working on increasing load bearing activities.
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.
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)
James Shields in the office for the first time this year. We all know how much of a disaster James was last season. Hoping this year is different. The boys are in white pants with their black jerseys.
Jake Petricka on the 10 disabled list. Tommy Kahnle replacing him.
James struck out the side.
**Top of 2nd and the Tigers on the board with a solo shot for a 1 to 0 lead.
**Bottom of 2nd – Avi is safe at 1st but will challenge. call was overturned. Matt Davidson with a shot off the right field wall safe at 3rd. Geovany Soto with a well placed bunt, getting Matt Davidson home and getting the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Game tired at 1. Timmy Anderson with a single up the middle bringing home Jacob May for a 2 to 1 Sox lead
**Bottom of 3rd – Avi is safe this time at 1st, moves to 2nd on a wild pitch, Matt with a walk. Geovany Soto with a 3 run homer to extend the Sox lead 5 to 1.
**Bottom of 4th – 2 out walk, for Todd moving Timmy to 2nd. Avi with a single getting Timmy home for a 6 to 1 lead. Matty Davidson with a 3 run shot for a 9 to 1 Sox lead.
**Top of 6th — Ricky heads to the office, James is done at 104 pitches. Dan Jennings on his way to pick up the keys.
**Bottom of 6th – Melky with his 3rd double of the season, Moves to 3rd on a wild pitch. Jose Abreu with a single up the middle getting Melky home for a 10 to 1 Sox lead.
**Bottom of 7th – Geovany with a solo shot to center for an 11 to 1 Sox lead.
**Top of 8th – Tigers add a run for a 11 to 2 Sox lead.
Tigers – 2 and Sox – 11