The Sox have dug themselves a bit of a hole of late and need to get things back together and their season back on track.
Mike Pelfrey in the office for the Sox facing Wade Miley for Baltimore
It was all quiet until the home half of the 2nd when with Willy Garcia on base Kevan Smith belts a homer to center for a 2 to 0 Sox lead.
Bottom of the 3rd, the Sox would take out the bats and add 4 more runs starting when, Anderson and Melky on the pond, Abreu’s single get Anderson home for a 3 to 0 lead. Avi Garcia’s double to center gets Melky home, Abreu makes it home thanks to a throwing error for a 5 to 0 lead. Matt Davidson’s single to left helped get Avi home for a 6 to 0 Sox lead
Top of the 4th Baltimore gets on the board with a pair for a Sox 6 to 2 lead. Bottom of the inning would see, Melky and Jose already on the pond, Avi with a single to center, speed would get Melky and Jose home for an 8 to 2 Sox lead.
Bottom of 5th had Willy Garcia exploding a triple and coming home thanks to Smith’s sac fly to center extending the Sox lead 9 to 2
All quiet till the 7th inning with Matt Davidson smacking a solo shot for a 10 to 2 Sox lead.
Top of the 8th Baltimore would cut the Sox lead to 10 to 6. They would go on to add 1 more in the top of the 9th for a 10 to 7 loss in the first of a 4 game series.
With the day’s events the Sox have picked up a game, 6.0 games out of first.
Derek Holland in the office tomorrow for game 2 of the series.
**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.
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.
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
Happy 2017 Opening Day
Thanks to the weather, postponement was in order.
Jose Quintana would make his 1st opening day appearance. Facing off against Justin Verlander would be a tall ask.
*Sox would get on the board in the home half of the 1st when Tyler Saladino would score on a Melky Cabrera double. Sox – 1 and Tigers – 0
*Top of the 2nd would see Q get burned for 2 home runs with runners on, at the close of the inning it was Detroit 5 and White Sox 1
*Top of the 4th and Q would get taken for a solo shot giving the Tigers a 6 to 1 lead.
*Bottom of the 4th Melky with a nasty double to left center, getting to 3rd of a Verlander wild pitch. Jose Abreu grounding to short gets Melky home cutting the Tigers lead 6 to 2
The bottom of the 9th and the boys could only manage 1 more run before they were shut down for the night.
Final Score – White Sox 3 and Tigers 6
James Shields is listed as the probable starter.
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
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Have a safe winter and see you
April 3, 2017 for White Sox Baseball
Someone pick up some milk with to have with the Twinkies
Carlos Rodon will open the office for his final time in 2016. He has had a good year, some outings were full-blown disasters but some were amazing.
Tyler Saladino had an MRI which showed a herniated L5 in his back. He is being taken care of now before being let go for the off-season.
For those who can’t see the boys are wearing white pants and black jerseys.
Tim Anderson with a stand up triple to open the pond, Melky with a double and Timmy home for a 1 to 0 Sox lead, Justin Morneau with a single moving Melky to 3rd. Wild pitch, Melky home for a 2 to 0 lead and Justin to 2nd.
Carlos is tearing it up with 5 strikeouts in a row.
7 strike outs to open the game tonight.
Adam Eaton walks on the pond to open the home half of the 3rd, Timmy goes “YARD” for a 4 to 0 lead. Melky with a double and Jose Abreu with a double to bring him home for a 5 to 0 lead
Omar Narvaez with his 1st Major league homer for a 6 to 0 lead. Spanky on 1st after force at 2nd. On a dropped pop up Spanky slams the gas, heading for home and a 7 to 0 Sox lead. Jose walks.
10 Strike outs for Carlos, top of 5th
Error on Todd, 2 runners safe and no outs in the top of the 6th, Carlos with a wild pitch and the Twinkies are on the board, 7 to 1, Twinkies with another one for a 7 to 2 Sox lead. Carlos has a loaded pond. 88 pitches to his point, 7 to 3 on the Sac Fly for Minnesota
Spanky with a single to open the pond in the 6th, Timmy with a single, Jose moves Timmy and Spanky 90 feet to 2nd and 3rd.
Carlos flipped Chris Beck the office keys on the way to the shower.
Here comes nasty Nate Jones to get the office keys from Robin.
Top of 9th and Tommy Kahnle in to close the office, lights out and door closed, Tommy just locked the door and this game is ova
White Sox — 7 and Twins — 3
Game 4 in the series and it is the last outing for Jose Quintana for the season. It has been a real pleasure to watch him work. Thank you Jose for a great season.
Chris Sale will pitch on Sunday. Tyler Saladino has been shut down for the season(MRI on the back). Miguel allowed 3 hits and walked no one last night, was 2 outs shy of going a full game for only the second time in his career.
Jose with a 1,2,3 inning, the first of many tonight I hope.
Adam Eaton with a single to open the pond. Spanky is safe at 2nd but he was called out and it is being challenged.
Jose gave up the dreaded leadoff walk to open the 2nd. Rays single gets the runner (leadoff walk) home and it’s 1 to 0 Rays lead.
Jason Morneau with a single to left through the shift.
Todd Frazier with the double kill to close the inning.
Jose Q gives up a home run for a 2 to 0 Rays lead.
Alex Avila on the pond with a walk.
Tim Anderson with a stand up triple, with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th. Melky ground to 2nd but Timmy scores and it’s a 2 to 1 Rays lead.
Juan Minaya got the keys as Jose headed to the showers.
Rays add another run for a 3 to 1 lead, Juan hit a Rays batter, Dan Jennings with the pond loaded, one home for a 4 to 1 Rays lead, add another for a 5 to 1 Rays lead.
Carlos Sanchez with a 2 run homer cutting the lead to 5 to 3 Rays. Leury Garcia with a surprise double, its raining.
Back from the rain delay, 35 minutes.
Tommy Kahnle in the office – He got the keys just as the rain delay started.
Bottom of 9th and Justin on with a single, Jason Coats in to run for Justin. Lights out with Todd striking out (1 out), Jason safe at 2nd, Alex on that strike out shut the door, (2 outs) Carlos was not able to smack that ball out of the park, Rays lock the door,
White Sox — 3 and Rays — 5