The Angels put up four late-inning runs to outshine Lucas Giolito’s early dominance

Taste of their own medicine: The White Sox have done their fair share of spoiling ballgames late for their opposition, so the Los Angeles Angels reciprocated the feeling. (@WhiteSox)

Lucas Giolito was feeling it tonight! He wanted that 15th win, and he needed to give the Chicago White Sox a worthy performance to complement Reynaldo López’s utter brilliance from yesterday afternoon’s complete game. As an ace does, Giolito put on a show. Unfortunately, his bullpen couldn’t keep the lead or secure a win. In a frustrating game late, the Good Guys gave the game away.

Let’s marvel for a little bit: Luc-ace G-elite-o lived up to his pun-filled name. Expending 103 pitches, Lucas made it through the seventh-inning stretch. Through that span, Gio struck out six batters, while only walking one (Jared Walsh in the fifth).

Giolito did surrender two runs off of three hits. Luis Rengifo recorded his seventh home run of the season, which spans his whole career, in the third inning. Shohei Ohtani lined a ball to the right field corner, so he turned on the jets and made his way to third base for a triple, one-out in the seventh. An Andrelton Simmons groundout easily scored Ohtani for the Halos’ second run of the game.

Overall, Lucas recorded a quality start by going seven and limiting the opposition to two runs. He even recorded a very neat milestone:

Unfortunately, where the game took a drastic turn for the worst, Aaron Bummer gave up a two-run homer to Brian Goodwin (the game replacement to Mike Trout, who left the baseball game early due to right toe discomfort) during the top of the eighth, so Gio’s fifteenth win of the season will have to wait at least five more days, as today’s game had become a whole new ballgame two outs in the eighth.

Before the game was tied at four, the White Sox took an early lead in the first. Tim Anderson opened the game with a single, and Yoán Moncada followed with a single of his own. As José Abreu has been doing all seasoned, he doubled TA7 home for his 107th RBI of the season! Right after that AB, Eloy Jiménez grounded out to third to score YoYo for an early 2-0 lead.

Aside from the opening scoring, Dillon Peters pitched decently for the next three innings. However, after a no-doubter, two-run home run by none other than Tim “Stick Talk” Anderson,

Peters left the game having only throwing for 4 1/3 innings, a trend (to record four-plus inning outings) for three of his last four games.

The Middleton-Rodriguez-Robles relief trio kept the score at four for when the Angels came to tie it.

Top of the ninth inning, Alex Colomé came into the game to buy the South Siders an inning. Instead, Justin Upton simply crushed a ball to left-center field to untie the game, 5-4.

The Sox couldn’t hone in their late-game heroics, so they dropped the game and are now 62-79. For how fantastic the back-end of the bullpen has been, they are allowed to make mistakes. They are human, and they will get back to work.

Tomorrow night will feature the second game of this three-game weekend series. Dylan Covey (1-7, 6.88 ERA) will take on Andrew Heaney (3-4, 4.16 ERA). I will be attending tomorrow’s 6:10 CT game, which will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Chicago. As always, WGN has the radio coverage. I’m sorry that the sunglasses emoji is still awaiting its highly-anticipated South Side Hit Pen debut, but it will be worth the wait!

Atlanta’s six-run first sets tone for a blowout win over Chicago, 11-5

Gryffindor: The Sorting Hat whispers in the back of the minds of ReyLo and Herrera, but the Braves were too much to handle. (@WhiteSox)

Five runs off of 13 hits aren’t enough for the Good Guys in game two of this three-game weekend set

The Atlanta Braves score a lot of runs, and the Chicago White Sox score a lot of runs, but not enough, late. Both starting pitchers are gettable, but the Sox’s pitching takes the bigger bruise. For the second straight game, the Good Guys drop the game to the Braves. The game was definitely interesting, but it didn’t produce the result that Sox fans so desperately wanted. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the game:

The Good Guys were able to go up first in the first inning with an RBI-Single by the newly-acquainted fourth-spot hitter Yoán Moncada. He drove in Leury García, who led the game off with a first pitch base hit up the middle.

That would be the only good to the start of the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Reynaldo López recorded two outs. Sandwiched around the outs were six runs scored, as ReyLo faced all nine batters before being taken out of the game at the 42-pitch mark.

A little funny thing occured before the outburst of runs. With two outs and the game still tied, Tyler Flowers hit what should have been a groundout to third to end the inning. However, YoYo played the ball back, so the baseball rolled into the bag, bounced high in the air, and Moncada barehanded the throw to first. But, Flowers beat the play and opened the door wide for five more runs to cross the plate in the inning.

A taxing inning could not go Reynaldo’s way, and an already taxed bullpen was destined to finish the game. Jimmy Cordero was the first relief pitcher out of the gate. He walked the first batter he faced, but he struck out the second batter in Dansby Swanson. 50 minutes later, the whole first inning was a thing of the past.

The second inning contained some improvement. The inning lasted only 30 minutes, and the Braves put only one more run on the board with a Matt Joyce single, 7-1 home team lead.

The South Siders didn’t stay quiet for long. Top of the third, José Abreu was hit by a pitch, and Eloy Jiménez recorded his second infield single of the night. With that, last night’s pinch-hit hero singled up the middle to score Abreu and to decrease the deficit, 7-2.

Believe it or not, the game actually quieted down for a bit. Of course, with both teams having double-digit hit totals, the noise didn’t completely disperse. Pito did take two hit-by-pitches to his left arm, so those welts were definitely singing and will continue to well into the night.

In fact, the Good Guys didn’t want Pito to feel alone in that matter, so they made some noise in the seventh to help harmonize. The Sox put up three runs in the frame, courtesy of RBI singles from Eloy and Yolmer Sánchez. Adam Engel reached third base on an error in right field, so Yolmer scored the third and final run of the inning. The future was looking bright for the Good Guys, bright enough for sunglasses, down only 7-5.

But, the clouds quickly rolled in. The Braves wanted to mirror the South Siders, so they did. Atlanta put up three runs in the bottom-half of the seventh. A pinch-hit Ronald Acuña sac fly, a bases loaded walk to Dansby Swanson, and a wild pitch paved the way to the Braves’ seventh.

Unfortunately, the White Sox couldn’t do anything in the eighth, but the Braves did. Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run to put his team up 11-5.

The Good Guys couldn’t find the equalizer in the top of the ninth, so Atlanta wins the weekend series. The Sox didn’t lose for lack of offensive effort: five runs on 13 hits. The starting pitching and the struggling Kelvin Herrera solidified the end score. The Braves exude what a good team does. The offense picks up the pitching, and the starting pitchers eat up innings. Yes, Atlanta needs bullpen help, but Atlanta is putting it all together. Luckily, the White Sox still have tomorrow, and they still have a sunglasses-needed bright future!

Tomorrow, Lucas Giolito takes the mound. Giolito, the ace of the staff, must go the distance to save a labored bullpen. Lucas is 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA. He is set to face Julio Teheran. Julio is 8-8 and owns a 3.39 ERA. Giolito will put his team on his back in order to salvage this weekend series. WGN will have the broadcast and radio for an unusual 4:10 CT start for the White Sox.

The sunglasses emoji are still on-call for their South Side Hit Pen debut.

White Sox are shut out in a well-pitched ballgame

Congratulations, Pito! There wasn’t much offense on the White Sox side, but at least José Abreu passed a milestone. (@WhiteSox)

The Chicago White Sox had three individual player accomplishments for this Saturday Player’s Weekend game, but they did not equate to a Good Guys victory. Two home runs by the Texas Rangers gave them the season series-tying victory (3-3), 4-0. Time to acknowledge the good before the bad:

First and foremost, a huge congratulations are in order for Mal Tiempo (José Abreu)! This storm hit his career 1,000th (and later, 1,001th!) hit, an opposite-field single in the first inning.

Of course, I have to give a shout-out to my guy, Noah Alan (Yolmer Sánchez). Alan recorded a single of his own, which extended his 11-game hitting streak to 12. Let’s keep it going, Noah!

TA7, with a single up the middle in the eighth inning, extended his personal hit streak to 11 games! Let’s keep it rolling!

As for the bulk of the game, Super Nova (Iván Nova) had it going for him. He pitched five scoreless innings as the supernova exploded this evening. However, defying science, the Texas Rangers were able to stop it. In the sixth inning, Osito (Willie Calhoun) hit a no-doubter to the front rows of Goose Island to give his team a 2-0 lead, breaking open the scoring for tonight’s ballgame.

Jimmy Cordero relieved Nova two-outs in the sixth. He escaped the inning without any further damage. However, with two outs in the seventh, Cordero gave up the second two-run blast of the night, to Danielito (Danny Santana). This doubled the Rangers lead to 4-0.

Kolby Allard (Paaa) pitched a fantastic game. 6.1 shutout innings gave Allard a QS in only his fourth career MLB start and seventh game overall.

The overall pitching of the Rangers overpowered any rally-like development, let alone a lone run in a frame for the White Sox. Although they were shut out tonight, look for some hopeful Stick Talk tomorrow!

The South Siders will finish this four-game set against the Rangers tomorrow at 1:10 CT before an off-day on Monday. Reynaldo López (7-11, 5.25 ERA) will pitch against Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00 ERA), in Burke’s second career MLB game. NBC Sports Chicago will have the broadcast, WGN has the radio, and Leigh Allan is back on your South Side Hit Pen coverage!

The sunglasses emoji will have to wait for another day for its SSHP debut…