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Save This Date – May 23, 2015

It was announced by the White Sox that #14 Paul Konerko’s number will be retired before the game against the Minnesota Twins, a 3:10 game start.

Tickets are available now, and I would move fast  because this game will sell out.

In other news: Javy Guerra, Nate Jones and Hector Noesi have all avoided arbitration.  Only Tyler Flowers and Jeff Samardzjia are left to go through the process.

@jordans_wish  –  is fighting the good fight against Cancer, PLEASE tweet him some love. We do not know how much time he has left.

 

35 days til Spring training

47 days til Spring League

80 Til Baseball Season Opens

84 Days til The Cell Opens

 

 

Thank You Paul Konerko

paul_konerko_chicago_white_sox_studio_portrait_plus_photofileTrying to find a positive today I decided it was time to write this.

I know that my sorority sisters are going to struggle with your departure and I wanted to give them something to help ease the pain, help them celebrate your time at the Sox. So, Here goes:

Dear Paulie

As the season is heading towards the close, it is time for us to prepare to find our own ways of saying “Thanks” for all that you have given the the club and to the fans. Captain as we call you in the sorority, you have given us some wonderful memories to cherish in the coming months and years.

I was looking at some of your pictures on the net from over the years and what a  great career, my Sisters and I would love to be able to sit down with you and ask you questions about your time in the Majors, I would love to ask you about the World Series and what that has meant to you.

We are excited for you as you make the change from ball player to Dad.  I bet the kids will love having you home on a regular basis and you can do all those Dad things that you have missed out on.

You have said you don’t want a big fuss made or anything, but you will have a stadium full of fans who want or need to show you how much you ave mean to them. Through the good stuff and even when times got tough.

I know what you mean to my sisters, you have become their anchor when times are tough, you have lifted their spirits when they are down.

I know what it is like when your favorite player leaves, they were there for when Jake got traded and now it is my turn to be there for them. All I can do is to give them words on a screen and remind them I have their back they always have an ear when they need it.

Thank you Captain for all you  have done, for your career and we can  not wait for the day you make it to Cooperstown. We will be there cheering you as they say ” Welcome to Cooperstown, Paul Konerko

Love from all of us

ChiSoxSisters Sorority

 

Photo courtesy of MLB.com

 

White Sox and Twinkies at Target Field, Games 3 and 4

Chris Sale on the mound

Chris Sale on the mound

The White Sox gave Chris Sale the keys for Sundays game against the Twins, and with a 2 – 0 lead in the series the Sox where hoping for great things from the ace and they were not in any way shape or form disappointed. Going 8 full innings with 12 strike outs and dropping his ERA to 1.88. It would be up to the offence to complete the day. I was over the moon to see that they have come through with great support for Sale, who would pass off to Daniel Webb to lock up the office.

Robin Ventura  would send in for battle – Adam”Spanky” Eaton, Alexei “Missile”  Ramirez, Jose “Cannon” Abreu, Dayan”Tank” Viciedo, Paul”Captain” Konerko, Conor Gillaspie, Tyler “T-Flow” Flowers, Alejandro De Aza, Gordon”Bacon” Beckham. (My sorority sisters and I love our boys nicknames)

*Game Three, Sox – 7 and Twins – 0

Chris Sale against Logan Darnell

Gillaspie opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when, Gillaspie doubled to right, Flowers hit a single which got Gillaspie home but would up on second due to a throwing error by Santana of the Twins.

The Sox 1 – 0 lead changed to 2 – 0 when in the third inning, Eaton and Ramirez both reaching on singles to center and left respectively, Abreu’s sac fly scored Eaton and moved Ramirez to second, Viciedo lined out leaving Ramirez at second,

Sale kept the Twins bats quiet through four innings when at the top of the fifth, Ramirez with Beckham on the pond thanks to his double, unleashed a home run to left taking the score to 4 – 0 in the Sox favor.

The Sox would do the rest of the damage in the top of the sixth inning when, Konerko and Gillaspie would both reach the pond on singles, Flowers double would bring home Konerko and hold Gillaspie at third, A De Aza single to right would being home Gillaspie and keep Flowers at third, Beckham’s sacrifice fly to center would bring Flowers home for run number 7.

Sale would keep the Twins score less for the rest of the day, with the final score Sox – 7 and the Twins – 0. Another brilliant outing by Sale only all the Twins 5 hits for the day.

*Game Four, Twins – 4 and the Sox – 3

Scott Carroll against Yohan Pino

A four game sweep is what the Sox were hoping for today but it was not meant to be. Ronald Belisario who was on in relief  and was rattled by issues with the umpire was not able to hold the Twins who were able to sneak in and steal the win.

Things were all quiet until the Twins half of the third when, Escobar started things with a double to right, who came home on a triple  by Santana, giving the Twins a 1 – 0 lead.

It took til the top of the sixth inning for the Sox to get on the board, Beckham opened the inning with a double to left, Nieto sacrificed to the pitcher to get Beckham to third. With Eaton on first thanks to an infield single, Ramirez sacrifice fly brought Beckham home for a 1 all game, Abreu’s double to deep left saw the fast-moving Eaton home for a Sox 2 – 1 lead.

The bottom of the seventh would see the Twins take the lead,  Parmelee singled to left, moving  Willingham to second, who had reached on a walk. On a Belisario wild pitch saw both runners advance, Fryer walked to load the bases and Guerra took over the mound office.  Santana’s sacrifice fly to center, got  Willingham home for a 2 all ball game,Parmelee to third, Fryer to second.  Fuld single to center, brought  Parmelee and Fryer home for a Twins 4 – 2 lead. Fuld was  thrown out at second trying to stretch the play.

The top of the eighth inning would see the Sox take a run at trying to putt out a win when Adrian Nieto would unload his first major league home run to left field to cut the Twins lead to 4 – 3. The Twins pitching and defense would shutdown the Sox taking away the sweep that they were looking for.

Monday is a day off before the Sox pack up and head up to Detroit for a three game series, with Jose Quintana,  Hector Noesi and John Danks listed as the pitching staff

The recent update of the Disabled list has some good news for Avisail Garcia who is listed to start a rehab assignment soon, Nate Jones continues recovery from back surgery and is throwing on flat ground. Matt Lindstrom is due to throw a simulated game any time soon, Zach Putnam in recovering from right shoulder inflammation, he is currently on the 15 day disabled listed. Felipe Paulino is still on the disabled  list with Right rotator cuff inflammation. He was moved to the 60 list on July 20th and there has been no new update.

 

 

Back to Work – Houston Astros at The Cell for Three

10455430_10153083073963298_5595204343433514617_nIt was back to work for the White Sox after the All-Star break and they welcomed the Houston Astros for a three game series. It was a three game series to kick off the second half of the season. Sitting 10 games behind Detroit it is going to be a real battle, if they can get the bull pen duties sorted its possible that they can be in it come the end of the season.

*Game One – Chicago – 3 and the Astros – 2

Jose Quintana against Scott Feldman

Houston would get on the board in the top of the second when, on an error by Dayan Viciedo, Matt Dominguez scored from a Jon Singleton, single to deep right. Robbie Grossman grounded to the short stop getting Singleton home for a 2 -0 Astros lead.

Chicago tied up the game at 2 a piece when Viciedo hit his 12th Home run of the season with Jose Abreu aboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Sox took the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Tyler Flowers double to center helped Alejandro De Aza make it home for a 3 – 2 Sox lead, which would turn out to be the game winning run.

*Game Two –  Chicago – 4 and the Astros – 3

Hector Noesi against Dallas Kuechel

With two outs on the board in the bottom of the second, De Aza started things with a single to left, Flowers added a single to left moving De Aza to second, Adam Eaton reached on an infield single to third and De Aza crossed home plate. Sox took a 1 – 0 lead at the close of the inning.

Bottom of the third saw the Sox take a 3 – 0 lead when Viciedo moved to second on a Paul Konerko walk. Conor Gillaspie tapped a single to center holding Konerko at second and Viciedo made hit home. De Aza walked to load the bases, with Flowers being hit by pitcher Keuchel that brought Konerko home for another tick on the score board.

George Springer got the first Astros run on the board with a solo shot to right cutting the Sox lead to just 2 runs in the top of the fourth. Top of the fifth Houston would tie things up when, with bases loaded Jose Altuve would drive a ball to deep left getting both Enrique Hernandez and Marein Gonzalez across the plate.

The final run of the day would be scored by Chicago in the bottom of the fifth inning when, De Aza on third with a triple, crossed home thanks to a Flowers double to left center. It would be a pitchers duel for the rest of the game with Guerra, Belisario, Petricka and closer Putnam for the Sox in the mound office with, Bass, Sipp and their Closer Qualls  in the Astros office.

*Game Three – Chicago 7 and the Astros 11

John Danks against Jarred Cosart

The Sox with a two game lead in the series, had the brooms ready for the sweep but it was not meant to be as Danks had a disappointing outing. With it already an Astros 1 – 0 lead, they extended their lead in the top of the third with a Altuve home run with Gonzalez already on the pond for a 3 – 0 lead over the Sox, that lead was extended by one when Dominguez singled to center,scoring  Chris Carter. Astros lead the Sox 4 – 0

Chicago finally got on board in the home half of the third when, Eaton when to third on a Jose Abreu single. Adam Dunn grounded out to first but Eaton made it home to cut the Astros lead to 4 – 1. The home half of the fourth saw the lead cut to 4 – 3 still in the Astros favor when, Gillaspie was safe on an infield single, De Aza walked, Gordon Beckham grounding out moved the runners to second and third. Catcher Nieto would be safe on first, with Gillaspie and De Aza getting home.

Danks would only make it to the middle of the fifth inning before the new kid in the bullpen Taylor Thompson would get the ball. Webb, Surkamp and Guerra who would get the closures nod for tonight. The Astros would need help from Downs, Veras, Sipp, Fields and Closer Qualls to get the win on the mound for Houston.

The rest of the run damage would come in innings five, six and seven, with the Astros adding three in the fifth with a Matt Dominguez home run, with Hernandez on board, Grossman’s single to center would bring two more home taking the Astros lead to 7 to 3 at that point. Chicago would get one back when Viciedo scored on a De Aza fielders choice. The bottom of the sixth would see the Sox tie things up at 7 each when, Nieto already on base would reach home on a Alexei Ramirez double. Abreu’s single would see him safe at second on an error and Ramirez making it a 7 – 6 Astros lead. Viciedo would be safe at second on the second Houston error of the inning and Abreu crossing home for a tie score at 7 a piece.

The final four runs of the day would be added by the Astros in the Seventh inning  Carter doubled, Dominguez doubled bringing Carter home. Another double by Lj Hoes would bring Dominguez home, the final two Astros runs would be scored when Gonzalez singled to center, getting  Grossman and  Hoes home for Astros runs 10 and 11.

With a 47 and 52 record has the Sox trailing the Tigers by 9 games. Kansas City who are sitting just 7 games back of the Tigers are on their way to the Cell for a three game series before heading on the road to the Twins. Chris Sale, Scott Carroll and Jose Quintana are the listed pitching staff for the Royals series.

 

 

 

 

Welcome the Royals for a Three Game Series

wallpaper_20100630123341_16490913112Chicago White Sox 33 – 34 (19 – 15 at home)

Kansas City Royals 33 – 32 (15 – 16 away)

The White Sox coming off the shut out at the hands of the Detroit Tigers welcome the Kansas City Royals to The Cell for the first of a three game series.

Jose Quintana with an ERA of 3.59 and a 3 – 6 record faced Jeremy Guthrie with a 2 – 6 record and a 4.10 ERA

The Sox lined up: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers. Paul Konerko came in the ninth inning to try to spark the offense.

K.C got things started right away in the first when, Norichika Aoki started things with a single to right, Omar Infante added a single of his own, Eric Hosmer’s single to right brought Aoki home for the first score of the game, Billy Butler’s single to left got  Infante home for a 2 – 0 Royals lead. Alex Gordon helped make it a 3 – 0 lead when his double to right brought Hosmer home. Lorenzo Cain made it a 5 – 0 lead when his double to left brought Butler and Gordon home.

The Sox got on the board in the bottom of the first when, Eaton started things off with a single, Beckham walked moving Eaton to second, Gillaspie’s fly out to center moved Eaton to third, Abreu’s sacrifice to center got Eaton home for the Sox first run of the game. K.C – 5 and the Sox 1 at the close of the first inning.

Runs kept flowing in the second when, Aoki hit a ground rule double to center, Hosmer sacrifice fly to center got Aoki home for a    6 – 1 K.C lead.

The Sox loaded the bases in the home half of the second when, Ramirez started things with a single, Viciedo added a second single moving Ramirez to second, De Aza walked to fill the pond, Eaton was given a free pass to first which brought Ramirez home for a 6 – 2 Royals lead.

The top of the seventh inning saw activity as Scott Carroll came on to relieve Quintana. Infante got things started with a single to center, Hosmer walked moving Infante to second, it was a single by Butler that took the score to 7 to 2 getting Infante home. Bottom of the seventh saw the third pitching change as Aaron Crow who had come in for Guthrie, made way for Francisley Bueno.

The only other activity was two pitching changes for the Royals which saw Kelvin Herrera take over in the Royals mound office, followed by Tim Collins who closed the game. The final score was in favor of the Kansas City 7 to 2.

With the Detroit loss, the Royals are only 1.5 games out of first. The Sox are tied with Cleveland only 3.5 games behind.

Hector Noesi opens the office tomorrow against Danny Duffy. Duffy has a 3 – 5 record with an ERA of 3.26. Noesi brings a record of 2 wins, 4 loses and an ERA of 5.40

 

 

 

Tied at One Game a Piece: Dodgers and White Sox

1560536_10202631214720516_1054461945_nWhite Sox – (31 – 20), 14 wins, 16 loses on the road.

Dodgers – (31 – 30), 13 wins and 19 loses at home.

It was the rubber game of the three game series with the Dodgers on Wednesday night in L.A.

John Danks (ERA 4.32)  went into battle for the Sox on the mound with Josh Becket (ERA 2.57) taking charge for the Dodgers. John was in need of a good outing to get his confidence back up. John’s last outing was the first game in the series against San Diego when he had a rough day with losing that outing.

The Sox lined up Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza,, Tyler Flowers, Leury Garcia, Paul Konerko would come in for a pitch hit. Zach Putnam, Scott Downs and Ronald Belisario would join John in the office.

Things were all quiet until the top of the third when Garcia hit a solo home run to center to get the Sox on the board 1 – 0.

Things got going again for the Sox at the top of the fourth when Dunn added a second run thanks to a 401 feet run to right.

It continued to be a pitchers duel between Danks and Becket until the top of the eighth inning when L.A sent in Brandon League to take over from Becket.

The bottom of the inning saw the Dodgers mount a come back when Dee Gordon got things started with a double to shallow left. Putnam took over for Danks at this point, Gordon stole third and Yasiel Puig walked. Hanley Ramirez grounded into a fielder’s choice to third to get Gordon across home plate for a 2 – 1 Sox lead. Downs came on in relief of Putnam.

The ninth inning saw the final activity as the closers took over on the mound when Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario closed the game.

Final Score 2 – 1 in favor of the Sox who take the series by a score of 2 games to 1.  The Sox have a day off before a three game series with the Angels in Anaheim. The Sox have listed Andre Rienzo, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana for the series. With the Tigers loss today, the Sox find themselves only two and a half games out of first. The battle for first place is looking like it will take place when the Detroit Tigers come to The Cell next week.

Game Two:White Sox and the Dodgers

10371434_10152956940253298_6777153131956017419_nWhite Sox 29 – 30 (12 – 16 on the road)

Dodgers 31 – 28 (13 – 17 at home)

It is game two of the three game series as the White Sox try to even the series at one game a piece. Hector Noesi(ERA – 5.29) makes his first appearance, since his confidence building outing on May 29th. His counterpart on the mound today is Dan Haren with an ERA of  3.50.

The Sox lined up: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Conor Gillaspie, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, Hector Noesi. Paul Konerko came in to pitch hit for Hector as Scott Downs took over in the seventh inning.

Abreu in his first at bat with Beckham on second hit his second home run in as many games, giving the Sox the lead 2 – 0 at the close of the top of the first.

The bottom of the second, the Dodgers got on the board with, Matt Kemp starting things with a single to right, Chone Figgins walked moving Kemp to second. Dan Haren filled the bases when he walked. Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly got Kemp home to cut the Sox lead to   2 – 1 at the close of the inning.

The Sox added another one to their lead when, Eaton walked, Beckham moved him to third on a single to center, Abreu hit into a fielder’s choice to third getting Eaton home for a 3 to 1 lead. Flowers added another on in the top of the fourth with a home run to right giving the Sox a 4 – 1 lead.

Top of the seventh inning saw Paul Maholm take over duties on the mound for the Dodgers, Scott Downs took over for Noesi at the bottom of the inning for the Sox, who then passed off to Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam closed the inning on the mound.

The final changes for both sides would be on the mound as,Chris Perez would close the office for the Dodgers and the Sox would make one final change as Ronald Belisario would lock up for the Sox,

The Sox would even the series at one game all with a 4  to 1 win to day. They are now only 4 games behind the Tigers who lost. The Sox will be sending John Danks (ERA 4.66, with a 3 – 5 record) against Josh Beckett (ERA 2.52 and a 3 – 2 record) in the final game of the series.

 

 

Catch Up: Three Game Series with San Diego

10329096_670252513010914_3515428556817102883_nThe Chicago White Sox just closed a three game series with the San Diego Padres at The Cell over the weekend. The Padres took the series by a score of two games to one.

* Game one

John Danks against Ian Kennedy

Padres took the first game in the series 4 – 2

Things were all quiet til the top of the third inning when Cameron Maybin hit a home run to left. *Score at close of the inning Padres – 1 and the Sox – 0

Chicago tied it up in the bottom of the fourth inning when Conor Gillaspie reached on an infield single, Adam Dunn walked moving Gillaspie to second. Alexei Ramirez flied out to center moving Gillaspie to third, who crossed home plate on a wild pitch by Kennedy. *Score at the close of the inning was Padres and Sox tired at 1

San Diego took the lead when Rene Rivera scored on a Danks wild pitch, Padres – 2 and the Sox – 1

The last of the scoring came in the top of the eighth inning when Yonder Alonso hit a home run to right with Will Venable who had come in to run for Tommy Medica.

*Game Two

Andre Rienzo against Tyson Ross

Padres took the lead at the top of the second when, Alonso walked, Venable’s double scored Alonso from first. Maybin grounded into a fielder’s choice, he was safe but Venable was out at home. Chris Denorfia came in to run for Maybin and later scored on a Rivera double. *Score at the close of inning was San Diego – 2 and the Sox – 0

The Sox answered back in the bottom of the second when Ramirez and Paul Konerko both reached the pond with singles. Alejandro De Aza hit into a double play but Ramirez was able to score. *Score at the close was Sox – 1 and San Diego – 2

San Diego added another run at the top of the third when Seth Smith scored on a Venable single, giving the Padres a 3 to 1 lead.

Top of the fifth inning saw the Sox add another run when, Adam Eaton who reached on an error was able to cross home plate when, on a Dayan Viciedo double, which closed the score to 3 to 2 in favor of the Padres.

The top of the sixth inning saw the final run cross home for the Padres when Venable who had reached on a double to right, made it home on a sacrifice fly from the bat of Alexei Amarista. *Final Score White Sox – 2 and the Padres – 4

*Game Three

Chris Sale against Eric Stults

It would turn out to be a magic day for Chris Sale who would throw a 2 hitter. It would turn out to be his sixth complete game on only 100 pitches.

Konerko opened the scoring with a home run to left measuring 370 feet. *Score at close, White Sox – 1 and Padres – 0

One of the two hits that the Padres could manage was a Chase Headley home run to left which tied up the score at 1 a piece at the end of the top half of the fifth. Tyler Flowers would answer that home run with one of his own in the bottom of the inning taking the lead for the Sox 2 to 1 by the time the fifth inning closed.

The Sox would add the final two runs when Viciedo and Ramirez would both score off a Konerko double to left.

Final Score was the Sox 4 and the Padres – 1

Chris Sale would strike out nine batter and lower his ERA to 1.59

The Sox now pack their bags and head to the west coast for games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Angels

 

Rain Delay: Chicago and Cleveland

10376936_10152938807063298_3488827408420850039_nGame two with the Indians started with a delay of 41 minutes  due to rain.

Chris Sale on the mound for the Sox against Justin Masterson

Happy Birthday to Frank “the big hurt”  Thomas from the Sox.

The line up today: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez,Dayan Viciedo, Paul Konerko, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers.

After two  complete, both teams left base runner but no one has made it home. Chris sale has only give up one walk.

The bottom of the third saw Eaton make his way home on a Gillaspie single. Eaton reached on a single to left, a wild pitch to second, made it to third on Beckham hitting a grounder to short. Inning closes with Viciedo fly out to left. Score 1 – 0 Sox lead

The rain has started again and the tarp is on the field. After a roughly 1 and 1/2 to 2 hour rain delay, Scott Carroll took over on the mound for Sale. The bottom of the fourth had a pitching change for the Indians when, Masterson made way for Mark Lowe.

The bottom of the fifth inning saw the Sox add to the lead when Beckham hit a home run to left. Sox extend lead 2 – 0. There were two pitching changes for the Indians when Lowe headed to the showers with Josh Outman taking over, John Axford closed out the inning for the Indians on the mound.

The top of the seventh inning had Scott Downs take the mound keys from Carroll, Cleveland did try to mount a fight back when Chisenhall singled to center, David Murphy also hit a single to center moving Chisenhall to third, Jake Petricka took over from Downs on the mound, Mike Aviles hit into a fielder’s choice to short shop which got Chisenhall home for the Indians only run. The inning closed with Justin Sellers striking out. Score in favor of the Sox 2 – 1.

From the bottom of the seventh inning to the close of the game was a pitchers battle as both teams made changes on the mound. Marc Rzepczynski took over for Axford, Cody Allen would be the final pitcher for Cleveland. Ronald Belisario would be the final Sox pitcher taking over for Petricka. 

The final score – Chicago – 2 and Cleveland – 1

 

 

 

 

Back Home to Welcome the Yankees

69593_10152343179216162_1889216170_nMorning

Welcome to The Cell and we have the Yankees here for a four game series. Chris Sale makes his return from the disabled list to start today for the Sox. On the mound for New York is David Phelps.

Starting line up for today: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham,Conor Gillaspie, Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez,Paul Konerko, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers.

The bottom of the second inning has Konerko hitting a double to right and De Aza with another double to left  to get Konerko home. Flowers was given a walk to reach base, Eaton with a single gets De Aza home for a 2 – 0 Sox lead

In the bottom of the fourth inning the Sox got things going again when Ramirez reached on a single, and was safe on second thanks to a steal. Flowers shallow single to left moved Ramirez to third but the inning closed with a line out to short by Eaton

Top of the Seventh has brought Zach Putnam to the mound for Chris Sale. Through 5 complete innings New York was not able to get a base runner on until the top of the sixth inning when Zoilo Almonte hit a single to center to spoil the perfect game Chris had going. The Sox still have the lead 2 – 0

Top of the eighth inning sees Daniel Webb taking over for Zach Putnam on the mound. Bottom of the inning has Beckham leading off with a double, Dunn with an RBI single to get Beckham home taking the score to 3 – 0. Konerko closed out the inning with a fly out to right

Top of the ninth inning sees the Sox new closer, Ronald Belisario in to hold and close out the game.

Ichiro Suzuki with a single to right, taking things to a two hit game. Jeter walked, Mark Teixeira singled to center, bringing home  Suzuki and  Jeter making it a 3 – 2 Sox lead. Alfonso Soriano struck out to close the game.

*FINAL SCORE

White Sox 3 and the New York Yankees 2