I’d say I missed this game because I picked up a shift teaching curling, but that just sets up the line saying that, actually, I didn’t miss anything.
To that point, I’d disagree. Catching up on the action, there was a lot of action, and a lot of it was characteristic of White Sox struggles on the margins. That’s just not anything anybody wants to watch.
Anyhooooo, bullet-point recap:
*Johnny Cueto gave up his first two earned runs of the season in the first inning, and the Cubs scored all the runs they needed. Granted, they came on a bloop single, a stolen base on which Yasmani Grandal was interfered with by Ian Happ’s bat, a bloop double, and a hanging slider that turned into a legit RBI single.
*Cueto gave up another run in the second on a pair of singles and a fielder’s choice, but he should’ve had a quality start.
*For some reason, Tony La Russa really wants Cueto to throw more than six innings. He somehow faced six batters in the seventh, een though he gave up three consecutive line drives. He almost got out of it with a sensational double-play attempt by Tim Anderson that was a step too late to get two, but the Cubs were able to punch home a run on that play, and another on a subsequent single.
*For some reason, La Russa batted Josh Harrison second. He’s not the reason they were held to one run on seven hits, but he went 0-for-4 to drop to .174/.248/.272 on the season.
*Tim Anderson had chances to impact this game, but went 0-for-4 with three stranded.
*Jake Burger provided the only run with a solo shot off Keegan Thompson, who otherwise threw five fine innings. Burger went 3-for-4 on National Burger Day, and also made a couple of nice choices on short hops in the field.
*The White Sox’s best offensive sequence — including one of Burger’s hits — resulted in zero runs. Grandal (walk) and AJ Pollock (single) both reached with one out in the second, and both after falling behind 0-2. Gavin Sheets flied out, but Burger kept the inning alive with a single through the right side … until Joe McEwing sent Grandal to his death at home by 25 feet for the Sox’s ninth out at home this year.
*Adam Engel robbed Willson Contreras of a homer in classic Engel fashion in the right-center gap.
*The Sox actually thwarted a first-and-third stolen base attempt. Grandal threw through, and Tim Anderson scooped the hop and fired home in time to get Patrick Wisdom at home.
*Pollock was charged with an error when Grandal’s mitt was clipped off him trying to catch the throw home on the first-inning single, but the Sox played fine defense otherwise.
*It’s the offense, stupid.