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.
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.
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
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
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