Four of a kind: Paul Konerko‘s unassisted out at first clinched a fourth straight win, fourth straight complete game, and World Series berth in 2005. (@RonVesely)
1952 — The White Sox sent infielder Willie Miranda to the St. Louis Browns in a trade. So what? Well consider this: It marked the third time in four months that Miranda was dealt between the two clubs! Miranda was traded to the Browns on June 15, 13 days later the Sox reacquired him and finally on this date they sent him back.
2005 — The White Sox won their sixth league championship, beating the Angels, 6-3. Jose Contreras fired the fourth consecutive complete game by the staff. The four consecutive postseason complete games hadn’t been seen in major league baseball since the 1956 New York Yankees pulled it off. After losing the first game of the ALCS, the Sox swept away Los Angeles.
Paul Konerko was named the ALCS MVP. The city of Chicago, especially on the South Side and in the South suburbs, went wild as the “nuclear scenario” happened for Cub fans … the Sox were in the World Series!
A quick update about Rick Renteria – he’ll miss this Angels homestand to have surgery on his rotator cuff but he’s expected to return in time to see a few more ejections before the season ends.
Before we get into today’s game, we have an exciting announcement! South Side Hit Pen has a brand spankin’ new merch store at TeePublic! While we are in the process of getting our own original designs commissioned, we’ll bring you some curated shirts selected by yours truly. I have a metric fuckton (actual unit of measurement) of options to go through and I don’t take this lightly- I went through 277 pages of Star Wars shirts last year before settling on “Suns out, Buns out” so check back often as we’ll be rotating new designs in and offering topical/seasonal wares. We’ll be featuring other artists’ designs for a bit while we’re working on our designs, but anything you buy through our link supports our talented staff (if anyone wants to buy an awesome Giolito shirt for Katiesphil, drop us a line and he’ll send you his address). If you’d like to commission something for us, drop me a DM on twitter (@Lwilz) and we’ll see if we can make it happen. We will be predominantly featuring White Sox and Chicago/baseball items but we’ve got a few Bears shirts up for this weekend in honor of the season kicking off. We are very happy with the quality and customer service over at TeePublic, and we look forward to this new partnership.
back to your regularly scheduled recapping:
Despite giving up a leadoff
walk, Reynaldo López was a man on a mission, striking out one and allowing a
whole lot of nada in the first. In the second inning, Welington Castillo
launched a home run after Yoán Moncada’s leadoff single to give the Sox a 2-0
This was swiftly followed by Collins and Mendick strikeouts and a Yolmer flyout to Sox nemesis Oscar Mercado to end the inning. If you missed Oscar Mercado’s heroics last night, here’s another look:
After a strikeout and another walk, Kevin Plawecki hit a ball just shy of the warning track and Goins, playing right field for unknown reasons, misread the ball and it dropped for a hit. Walking Jake Bauers came back to haunt us, as he scored, cutting our lead in half. One more strikeout for ꓘ-naldo and he appeared to have completely forgotten last week’s meltdown.
Other than a Tim Anderson single and another strikeout for ReyLo, the third inning was uneventful. Moncada doubled off the outfield wall to lead off the fourth, and Collins walked on four pitches. YOLMER singled to center field (yes, Yolmer, really) and Moncada turned on the wheels to extend our lead back to two. Adam Engel struck out looking in an eight-pitch at-bat and I thought he was going to get himself ejected
Two more strikeouts for Reynaldo in the fourth brought us to the fifth. Eloy doubled to left but was unable to score. Lopez continued to deal in the Indians’ fifth with a 1-2-3 inning, using 65 pitches to get the White Sox to the sixth.
Welington Castillo decided to have himself a game and hit the first standup double of his career (just kidding, maybe?), followed by another Collins walk, so it should come as no surprise that Mendick was called upon to bunt. With two strikes, Mendick did the unthinkable, HE EXECUTED IT PERFECTLY.
Eloy and Leury played a little hidden ball trick on Mendick, who now has a souvenir of his first major league hit.
After a pitching change, Yolmer walked in a run and the bases remained loaded with nary an out in sight. (My mom just walked into my house, a detour en route to the Bears game and she scoffed when I said “Did you see that?! there’s nary an out in sight!” so look at me now mom, I just published the word nary). Engel kept it going, launching a single that allowed Collins and Mendick to score. Hunter Wood struck out Timmy and Eloy to end the inning, but not without a crooked number going up on the board to give the Sox a 6-1 lead.
ReyLo scooped up another strikeout in the Tribe’s half of the sixth and we cruised into the seventh, where Welington continued his savagery and blasted another double. Weli giveth and Weli taketh away, as he was thrown out at home to end the inning after Mendick smashed his second career base hit.
ꓘ-Lo collected another pair of strikeouts through the seventh and eighth, bringing his total to ten.
Tim Anderson led off the top of the ninth with a double, Eloy was hit by a pitch and both advanced on a passed ball. Welington continued to atone for a miserable season by driving in his third RBI of the game on a groundout, and on we rolled into the ninth. This was Reynaldo’s first time pitching in the ninth, and his first bid for a complete game. Reynaldo mowed down everyone in sight, ringing up Franmil Reyes for a total of eleven strikeouts in 109 pitches and saving the entire bullpen for Joe McEwing this weekend.
Per usual, my best and worst of the game, now with more strikeouts!
was en fuego, fanning eleven and allowing one lone hit in his first career
Tim Anderson collected a pair of hits today and is leading the American League
with a .332 batting average.
Ablaze: Welington amassed three hits and three RBIs today and didn’t strike out once.
is now batting .400 and bunting 1.000.
Ashes: Goins was 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts. We still have yet to learn why he was playing right field, but had an actual outfielder been in his place, ReyLo *might* have pulled off a no-no.
Best tweet of the game goes to my buddy and fellow Yermin Mercedes fanboy, BBlock19
As promised in my series preview, I present my dog, Angie, circa 2013. The night I got her, she walked around the house sniffing things, scouting out locations that would allow her barking to resonate, and testing out all of her new toys. She was pretty skittish and fearful, and was hesitant to get close to me. The Blackhawks were playing the Vancouver Canucks, and as announcer Pat Foley said “Roberto Luongo” during the pregame show, Angie walked up to the TV, growled, and came over to me, tail wagging proudly. I said “ANGIE! WHAT A GOOD GIRL!” and made a big deal about it, so she took this as an indication that she had done something noble. She proceeded to hop up on the couch next to me and watched the game. She was introduced to baseball a few months later, and she was hooked. While she doesn’t really concern herself with how badly the White Sox play, she has never cared for any of our opponents. I presented her with a Chief Wahoo hat, and told her to “go Luongo on it” and that is exactly what she did. She is currently awaiting a giant foam Cheesehead hat in anticipation of tonight’s Bears game, but she’s going to have to settle for a tiny wheel of Babybel White Cheddar, as that’s what’s in my fridge.
Thanks for following this series with all of us at the ‘Pen, we leave you with this message from the White Sox:
Pitching and Offense: It all came together in a terrific afternoon ballgame that resulted in a series split with Cleveland. (FanGraphs)
Masterful pitching and flaming bats spark a series-split afternoon victory
Last night’s late-innings offense, which was beautifully complemented by an outstanding pitching performance by Reynaldo López, carried over into this early afternoon’s ballgame! With that wonderful combination, the Chicago White Sox split the series against Cleveland!
First and foremost, ReyLo only gave up one hit in his complete-game performance! Can we please acknowledge how incredible Reynaldo has been for the second-half of the season!? It’s utter insanity, but I am totally here for it. Keep it up, ReyLo!
With his first complete game of the season, López joins Lucas Giolito and Iván Nova as the third White Sox pitcher to throw a complete game in the 2019 season. Funnily enough, it’s a cool 3-2-1 sequence with Gio, Nova, and ReyLo in the quantity of nine-inning games pitched, respectively.
For the Sox’s hitting perspective, the Good Guys put up seven runs on the board, and seven guys recorded hits to make that run total possible. Surprisingly enough, Welington Castillo and Adam Engel accounted for five of the seven RBIs. Unsurprisingly, Yolmer Sánchez had the other two RBIs. 🙂
The seven runs scored were based off of 12 hits. This offense can be all-or-nothing at times, like our neuron’s action potential, but it sure is fun to watch when the offensive is producing big like this!
With 22 games left of the season, this team has the (action) potential to do something great and to keep it interesting for the team and the fans; let’s hope that it happens!
The South Siders have accumulated 62 wins, and if they could get to 75, that would definitely be something to end the season with this year. It’s a long-shot goal, but it’s possible.
Ace of the staff: Lucas Giolito displayed his best stuff — against the best team in the A.L. Central — for a brilliant complete game shutout. (FanGraphs)
When someone shuts out one of the best major league teams of the season, he deserves some glory. For the numbers of the game, it’s all about the masterful Luc-ace G-elite-o!
Lucas Giolito, without a doubt, was the player of the game. No. 27 notched all 27 outs in his third complete game of the 2019 season. He now leads the Chicago White Sox in that category, breaking a tie with Iván Nova.
Of the 27 outs recorded by Giolito, 12 came via the strikeout.
That makes three straight starts with at least 10-plus strikeouts, for a grand total of 36! That is incredible!
Today’s scoreless opponent, the Minnesota Twins, joins the Houston Astros as the second team this season (and in his career) that G-elite-o has kept scoreless in a shutout.
Per the post game interview with Luc-ace, he claimed that he “didn’t shake [off James McCann] once.” That is some pitcher-catcher wizardry, and I am so here for it!
Ultimately, what do all the above numbers add up to? A series win for the White Sox and an outstanding .380 WPA for Gio. The next-highest of the game? José Abreu’s .194. Lucas simply got the job done, and he did so brilliantly!