Eight-run inning propels White Sox to wild win

Magic Man: Nick Madrigal tied the game with an RBI single during the White Sox’s eight-run inning. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)

It was a disastrous start, but the White Sox redeemed themselves in a wild victory over the Angels.

Ross “Big Boss” Detwiler got the start for the South Siders, and to say the least, he had a rough afternoon. Brian Goodwin and some guy named Mike Trout got back-to-back hits to open in the bottom of the first. Then, the Angels’ newest prized possession, Anthony Rendon, opened the scoring by launching a three-run homer.

In the second, Goodwin extended the Angels lead to four with an RBI single to drive in Andrelton Simmons. The following inning, Simmons drove in a run with a single of his own, and Luis Rengifo made it 6-0 with a sacrifice fly. All six runs were charged to Detwiler, who lasted 2 ⅓ innings, allowed those six runs (all earned), seven hits, issued no walks, and struck out three.

The White Sox appeared to be dead in the water, as they entered the fourth inning with a six-run deficit. However, they put up a rally that will likely turn out to be the biggest inning they have this spring. Yermín Mercedes, who we have heard a lot from this spring, put the White Sox on the board with an RBI double. The next batter, Nicky Delmonico, followed with an RBI double, and oddly enough, Cheslor Cuthbert followed the White Sox’s third consecutive RBI double.

After the three straight doubles, Luis González and Austin Romine drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Adam Engel took advantage of this scoring opportunity by driving a two-run single to left to pull the White Sox within one. Nick Madrigal tied it with an RBI single, as he became the eighth consecutive player to reach base safely (mercy). That streak ended when Andrew Vaughn grounded out, but Engel came around to score on said ground out, putting the White Sox ahead, 7-6. The final run of this wild inning scored on a two-out base hit by Nomar Mazara, making the score 8-6.

The score remained 8-6 until the bottom of the fifth, which was a rough time behind the plate for Mercedes. Mercedes failed to catch a pop fly by Albert Pujols, which put Pujols on first with one out, when there should have been two outs with nobody on. Pujols was given credit for a single, but that was a questionable scoring decision. After a wild pitch, a ground out that advanced pinch-runner Joey Curletta to third, and another wild pitch, the Angels trimmed the deficit to 8-7.

Fortunately, the White Sox’s crazy eight-run fourth inning brought enough offense for them to hold on. The wild pitch that brought Curletta home was the final run scored by either team. The relievers did a great job with damage control after Detwiler’s awful start. Will Kincanon, Tayron Guerrero, Ian Hamilton, Codi Heuer, Bernardo Flores Jr., and Vince Arobio combined for 6 ⅔ innings, only allowing one run, which likely should have been unearned. Flores Jr., who covered the seventh and eighth innings, and Arobio, who closed it out, were especially dominant. They combined for seven strikeouts, and neither of them allowed a hit.

The White Sox are 5-3 this spring, and their next game will be tomorrow at 2:05 CST against the Padres. Dallas Keuchel is set to take the mound against Chris Paddack, who had a 3.33 ERA in 26 starts as a rookie last year. That one will be played at Camelback Ranch, where Janice Scurio will be on the scene for our recap.

Sox keep on Soxing in loss to Cleveland

Free passes: Six walks tonight for Ross Detwiler, in 2 2/3 innings. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)

Welp, the result was written in the tea leaves before the game, and it turned out those tea leaves spelled out an 11-3 Chicago White Sox loss tonight.

The first inning was a rollercoaster. The Sox had three runners reach base, including two on walks! But they somehow didn’t have a runner advance past second, and went scoreless. A good team, like Cleveland, takes advantage of runners on base, and they did. They had three runners reach in the first, and Franmil Reyes cleared the bases to put them up quick, 3-0.

Eventually, if you get enough runners on base, a team will score. In the third inning, Leury García doubled to lead off the inning, and Tim Anderson got him over to third. Mr. RBI, José Abreu, grounded out to third and drove in García, but the inning soon turned sour. After a Yoán Moncada double, Eloy Jiménez singled just over the second baseman’s outstretched arm. Moncada proceeded to be thrown out at home.

That lost run was the start of a back-and-forth for the next two innings, as well as the end of Detwiler’s start. He only lasted 2 2/3 innings, and he walked six. Carson Fulmer was the next man up, his first MLB game since August 2. By the end, Cleveland scored three runs, re-establishing their three-run lead. Fulmer allowed the last two of those runs before being pulled after two innings.

Yolmer Sánchez added an RBI on a double

and Moncada added the third run with a sacrifice fly.

It would only get worse for the Sox after that final RBI. Chicago pitchers kept on walking the opposition, with Jace Fry and Manny Bañuelos both added two. In Bañuelos’ case, it was even worse. He only got three outs while allowing four runs, and then left the game with an injury. The lone pitcher for the Sox to have a good outing was Josh Osich. He had a perfect eighth inning — in garbage time, down by eight.

The offense wasn’t all bad, with 10 hits, including four doubles. The White Sox somehow managed to walk eight times. But they left 12 men on base and were 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. It was not a good showing for situational hitting, nor was it an overly great day on the base paths. I guess the Ricky Renteria ejection didn’t inspire the team to victory.

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 6, Rangers 1

The comeback kids: Ross Detwiler notched a quality start and recorded a new career-high of eight strikeouts; simultaneously, Yoán Moncada went 2-for-4 with a homer in his first game back from the Injured List. (FanGraphs)

Hakuna Moncada! Ross Detwiler pitches a career game, and YoYo records two extra-base hits in a worry-free White Sox win

Arguably one of his best starts of his career and definitely the best of the season, Ross Detwiler was rolling during tonight’s ballgame. After taking notes from Lucas Giolito’s masterful game yesterday, Detwiler recorded a quality start and set a new career-high in strikeouts. On top of the wonderful pitching, Yoán Moncada and the Good Guys let their bats come to life in what was an excellent game by the Chicago White Sox. Time to go behind the numbers of tonight’s well-executed baseball game:


Big Boss Ross had it going for him tonight. Twelve years into his major league career and Detwiler recorded a career-high eight strikeouts. As a lefty without any overpowering stuff, that is incredibly impressive. Hopefully, tonight marks a turning point for the rest of the season!


The South Siders only had three pitchers take the mound — not as impressive as Ariel Jurado’s complete game in the Texas Rangers loss — but they only gave up three hits during the span of 27 outs. I am totally behind a whole lot of Sox offense complementing a whole lot of pitching brilliance!


In his first game back from the Injured List, YoYo went 2-for-4, which included a long ball. That 112 mph blast went 383 feet and drove in two runs. YoYo pumped up the heat for his second extra-base hit of the game, which was a double hit at 115 mph — the hardest hit ball of Moncada’s short career.


After Moncada and James McCann went back-to-back on home runs in the third inning, the Sox’s win expectancy jumped to 92.7%. The South Siders made sure to cash that in for their 58th win of the season!


To give a little love to the Texas Rangers and as mentioned previously, Ariel Jurado pitched a complete game. Having given up six runs in the game, it is a pretty impressive feat for the young righthander. Even though he saved the bullpen for his team, Jurado did accumulate a -.243 WPA in his eight-inning complete game.


Looking ahead, José Abreu is two hits away from a career 1,000 hits. A first inning single made No. 998 career hits, so hopefully, No. 1,000 will be here before the Rangers go back to the Lone Star State.

Everybody Loves Ross (Detwiler)

It only seemed like 22 minutes plus commercials: Detwiler turned in an Emmy-worthy performance tonight. (@WhiteSox)

Big Boss Ross: Serving lewks from coast to coast.

(This recap was written after this author’s dinner with his mother-in-law, and is gleamed from various Twitter clips and box scores; it will be written in the style of a scene from Everybody Loves Raymond, featuring one if the greatest sitcom in-laws of all time, Marie Barrone [played by the late Doris Roberts] and her put-upon daughter-in-law, Debra).


(Raymond and Debra are on the couch, watching the end of the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers game on their TV. The game has just ended.)

RAYMOND: (gets up, stretches and yawns sleepily) Oh wow, glad that’s finally over … I still don’t get why a New York paper asked me, a native Long Islander, to watch and recap this random Sox and Rangers game, but a job’s a job!

(Leans down to kiss a glowering Debra on the forehead)

RAYMOND: Thanks for staying up with me to watch … even though it’s our wedding anniversary … it’s the only thing I could come up with to enjoy together …

(Debra shoots him a look of burning annoyance)

RAYMOND: Ooooook … I’ll be upstairs writing this up and … (Raymond awkwardly bounds up the stairs)

(Debra rolls her eyes and reaches for the remote to turn off the TV when suddenly the front door flies open and Ray’s mother Marie bursts into the room.)

Marie: Raymond! Raymond! Your father just won’t stop snoring! He’s waking up the neighborhood! I need to sleep here tonight … (pause) … Debra? Where’s Ray? He said he’d be up late writing a story …

DEBRA: Yeah, Ray just went upstairs to work on it …

MARIE: Oh, thank you dear … but looking at the circles under your eyes … maybe you should … (looks at TV, Jason Benetti is watching Steve Stone talk about house building again) Oh my god! Is that Steve?

DEBRA: Steve? Steve who?

MARIE: Steve Stone! Oh Debra, I forget … you don’t take much interest in my Ray’s line of work .. He was a pitcher in the 70s … one time, the Baltimore Orioles were in town and I bumped into Steve at a store downtown … Debra, if I wasn’t married … [audience hoots and hollers]

DEBRA: That’s wonderful, Marie … but … (Debra goes to turn off the TV)

MARIE: Don’t you dare! Leave it on … (Steve is watching Jason explain tonight’s #SoxMath answer, cutting his eyes to the camera periodically, Marie feels as if he is directly looking at her)

Um … Debra dear, why don’t you … um … be a dear and describe the game to me … what happened in the game? I’m going to get Robert to get on the Tweet machine tomorrow and I want to reach out to Mr. Stone here and I want to sound like I actually care about caseball …

DEBRA: Baseball?

M: Whatever … Debra! Details! Now!

DEBRA: [Debra sighs and debates how fast she can escape to Canada after strangling Marie, decides against it] OK, Marie … ummmm so the game starts … the first Sox pitcher … Ross Det … Rot … wiler? Whatever he starts out really well … he even strikes out all three Rangers in the second inning.

MARIE: Yes, yes … keep going! And punch it up a little!

DEBRA: Right … evidently he hasn’t been doing well in many of his games before, but you couldn’t tell tonight I guess! He went a whole six innings, got eight strikeouts, and only gave up a home runner to um … a guy named … Elvis?

MARIE: Honey, you don’t have to make up names, if you don’t remember … OK, what else??

DEBRA: The Sox had this young man, the announcer called him Yo-Yo, oh he just swatted one a pitch straight out of the park! Well, not literally, but it was fast! Then the Sox catcher, the guy who squats all the time? His name is James McCann and he hit another homer right after the Yo-Yo guy did!

MARIE: Yo-Yos and Irish catchers, got it. Is there anything else?!

DEBRA: Well they kept cutting to this guy in the stands, he had big ears … I think his name was Chuck …he just went on and on about …

(Debra’s voice fades into the background as Marie stares deeply into the visage of Steve Stone, her vision turns hazy and this picture slowly fades in on the screen:

DEBRA: Marie? (Snaps fingers) Marie, are you even listening?!

MARIE: (slowly emerging from a her haze) What? Oh my, I’m so sorry dear … what was it you were saying?

DEBRA: I’ve been trying to tell you! Some guy …I think his name was Kelvin Herrera … he came in the ninth inning and got the final three outs. The Sox ended up winning 6-1! So there! Is that enough for you?! Can I go to bed now?!?!

MARIE: Yes, yes … of course! Thank you so much! Now be a dear and don’t tell Frank or Ray any of this! And please try to keep your anniversary lovemaking noises down to a minimum …Last year I had to tell Frank some raccoons were fighting out by the garbage! (Marie chuckles …) Good night!

(Debra’s mouth hangs open in stunned silence as the audience laughs heartily)



Tune in tomorrow night! Special guest star Ricky Renteria stops by to say hello to his old teammate, who happens to be Ray’s dad! But when Frank claims the bunt is a waste of an at bat, fists start flying! How will emergency coach Ray Barrone manage young Dylan Cease against the Rangers’ Lance Lynn at 7:10 p.m. Central on the South Side of Chicago without Debra noticing?!