Pirates 6, White Sox 5: Nate Jones, this time

After blown save, White Sox still can't even split a series against non-Kansas City opponents

Thankfully, I had to work during this game, so I was spared the full brunt of a true fan-murderer. Here’s the bullet-point recap:

*The White Sox have now lost all 10 series they’ve played against teams that aren’t the Royals. Nate Jones blew the save and a chance to split by squandering a 5-2 lead before he’d even recorded two outs.

The Pirates attacked Jones early, tallying four runs on four hits over the span of just eight pitches. He gave a pair of singles before Corey Dickerson tapped out to third, but the Pirates responded by thumping Jones even harder. Elias Diaz sliced a ground-double just inside the chalk in the right-field corner to make it a 5-4 game, and Colin Moran pounced on a spinning 1-0 slider and sent it out to right to give the Pirates the lead.

*Reynaldo Lopez was denied his first win despite his best outing of the season. He pitched beautifully efficient baseball early, and limited the damage to a pair of solo homers later on. His final line: 7⅓ IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. His velocity returned to the high-90s, and his slider was a weapon as well.

*The White Sox built their 4-0 lead with a pair of two-run homers. Tim Anderson golfed a 1-0 Trevor Williams slider out to left in the second inning, and Daniel Palka stayed on a first-pitch changeup and sent it in the same direction in the fourth.

*Jones’ blown save was even more gutting because the Sox responsibly added what appeared to be an insurance run in the eighth. Jose Rondon and Welington Castillo hit back-to-back doubles to give the Sox that 5-2 lead.

*Hell, even the White Sox defense showed up, with Adam Engel making a sliding catch in center and Rondon making a diving stab and throw from his knees at second.

*Rondon entered as a replacement after Nicky Delmonico bruised his quadricep crashing into Josh Bell at first base, with Leury Garcia moving from second to left.

*Garcia then left because Rick Renteria benched him for a lack of hustle. Garcia tried to drag bunt his way on base, but he bunted it too hard and shot it to Bell. Garcia broke it down once it was apparent he wasn’t going to win the foot race, and the benching looked unnecessary to me.

*Trayce Thompson took over there. Maybe Thompson should’ve played right, but I don’t think he would’ve caught the slicing double, either.

*Palka had a big day, going 3-for-3 with his third homer and a couple of firsts: a walk and a stolen base.

*Jose Abreu was thrown out at home trying to score from second on Nicky Delmonico’s flare that beat the shift without getting past Jordy Mercer at short. It wasn’t a bad gamble with two outs, but Mercer wasn’t caught off-guard, but instead made a strong throw home to get Abreu by 10 feet.

Record: 9-25 | Box score

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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polishwith

Are we watching the real life version of Major League? Does Jerry Reinsdorf have a sweetheart deal to move tbe team to Miami???

asinwreck

That film was made in 1988, and the Florida metropolitan area in question was Tampa Bay. Costarred Jim Thompson, Mike Madigan, Jim Fregosi, and a brief cameo by the suburb of Addison.

ForsterFTOG

Adam Engel’s swing looks just like Roger Dorn’s so yeah, maybe.

Patrick Nolan

The White Sox are on a mission to purge any remotely fairweather fans from their audience.

PauliePaulie

I just wish someone would’ve started a Sox-centric website and written an article warning me about how tough year 2 of a rebuild can be.

Patrick Nolan

Jace Fry tho

GrinnellSteve

Can we start talking about contraction?

PauliePaulie

I don’t know how much good info on childbirth you’ll get from this group.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

No but whoever owns the Sox in 10 years has their precedent for a new stadium now with the DBacks getting approval to move out of PHX. 

I look forward to the 8th wave of prospects in the rebuild taking the field for the 2032 Hammond White Sox. 

SkeeterSkeeterman

Right on the shore of wolf lake

Joliet Orange Sox

I was at work following along a bit on my phone. It was definitely a day when I wished my best friend among my colleagues was not a die-hard Pirate fan from Pittsburgh.

At least the other team I’m passionate about (Illini basketball) is still in better shape than Pitt basketball, right? Right? eh…

Right Size Wrong Shape

Francis Okoro? Maybe?

Gutteridge70

At the game yesterday with two co-workers ,a fellow Sox fan and a Pirate fan. Great weather great Sox hitting and fielding. For 8 innings great game Lopez was great thru 71/3 and Fry easily handled the two pirate batters in the inning. On top of this the Sox scored an insurance run in the top of the 8th. At that point the Pirate fan stated that he was leaving and I reluctantly told him (thinking of opening day) he might want to stick around. Unfortunately I was correct. Miserable ride home on red line topped off by passing the Addison stop with all those giddy cub fans. I like Ricky but I wish he would have let Fry pitch to one Pirate batter in the 9th since they were not familiar with him and he handled them easily. This tops opener as worse loss of the year for me at least

Trooper Galactus

Well, one good thing that came from not pursuing a free agent like Moustakas is that it’s given Yolmer an opportunity to prove he is a legit major league player. It’s been nice to see a long-standing farmhand like him finally breaking through.

The Wimperoo

Reynaldo Lopez is being possessed by the Jose Quintana luck monster.

The Wimperoo

Jeanmar Gomez and Xavier Cedeno come on down! You are the next contestants on The Pen is Broke!