Brewers 3, White Sox 2: I can’t believe it’s not development

I thought Pedro Grifol committed an unforced error a few days ago when he told the media that he will “never compromise a major-league win for development,” and tonight’s game shows why.

Had Grifol never gone to those lengths, he could’ve used development as an excuse when he allowed Jesse Scholtens to allow the first two batters to reach in the seventh inning to reach after six scoreless were in the bank, only to face two more batters. Three of them came around to score, turning a potential win into a loss.

Likewise, instead of pinch-running Trayce Thompson for Gavin Sheets after his one-out walk in the seventh, he could’ve used Thompson to pinch-hit for Oscar Colás when Craig Counsell pulled righty starter Brandon Woodruff for sidewinding lefty Hoby Milner. Milner struck out Colás on four pitches without any contact, and then Colás moved to right field to accommodate Thompson in center, rather than having Thompson play center alongside Sheets in right.

Had Grifol preserved individual development as a defense, he could say he wanted to see how Scholtens handled a seventh inning when his pitch count was reasonable (only 83 pitches at the start of the inning). He could say that he wanted Colás to see a lefty no matter what, because they may as well use these last two months to try to fashion him into an everyday, every-PA player.

But since Grifol said he would “never compromise a major-league win for development,” all he did was make two big mistakes.

Scholtens dropped to 1-5 on the season, when he should’ve had to settle for a no-decision at worst. I was slightly surprised to see him start the seventh since he’d never gone that far into a game before, but considering the extra days of rest coming before and after this outing, it made sense to push him a little bit.

I was more surprised when Grifol didn’t lift Scholtens after a leadoff walk that brought the tying run to the plate. I was downright befuddled when Scholtens didn’t even get so much as a mound visit after he allowed a subsequent single to Andruw Monasterio. And when Bryce Turang’s deep drive to center came up a dozen feet short of the warning track, but still allowed both runners to tag into scoring position, I figured Grifol or Ethan Katz saw Scholtens’ record flash before their eyes.

But nope, Scholtens stayed in to face a fourth batter, and Tyrone Taylor split the left-center gap with a 102-mph rocket to tie the game at 2.

That’s when Grifol came out to pull Scholtens, but even then, the go-ahead run belonged to him, and he came around to score on Bryan Shaw’s watch to give Milwaukee a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Scholtens heads home with a quality start, which is like going for gold and settling for a participation trophy.

Meanwhile, the White Sox offense only could muster two runs, but at least one of them was exciting. Yoán Moncada of all people turned around a 95 mph from Woodruff, scorching it into the right-center seats some 430 feet away. That kind of sizzle from Moncada had been missing for months, but it gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

The other run was welcome, but less exciting. The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third when Sheets doubled, advanced to third on a Colás single through the left side, then scored on Elvis Andrus’ groundout.

Bullet points:

*This series continues to make more sense if you view it as a Cubs-thwarter. The Brewers maintained their 2½-game lead in NL Central.

*Lane Ramsey threw the final two innings, both scoreless.

*Sheets reached base in all three trips, and Moncada went 2-for-4. The rest of the lineup was 1-for-26 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Record: 47-71 | Box score | Statcast

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It’s getting weirder. Both of our batless schmucks led the team in offensive output.

When Tim serves his suspension, I wonder if Pedro will think about moving Benintendi back to leadoff? Probably won’t…just put Elvis there.


As bad as this season has been (and I share the dourness of many posters on this site), watching the video of Eloy’s home run on Friday night the ballpark seemed pretty darn full.

Are there that many optimistic Sox fans out there still, or was the crowd largely Brewers fans making the road trip down I-94?


I know it sounds crazy, but there are fans out there who enjoy watching baseball and a Sox loss doesn’t ruin their night.


It’s mind blowing that the Sox are gonna pay Moncada $30 mil. Next year.


It’s only 25M.


50 wins might be hard with Slow Hand at the helm.


I’m certainly not feeling wonderful tonight.


My heart was leaping in the sun;
My friends all say that you’re the one.
Let me get this one thing very clear:
There ain’t enough going on down here.


Our group has shown such a great knowledge of classic rock, I didn’t think this double entendre would go so unattributed…or perhaps I am giving myself to much credit and it’s really unnoticed


It’s unclear as to how to assign losses to managers, but as the season drags on, i’m noticing Grifol’s misteps more and more. I want to cut him some slack as a rookie mgr with a underperforming roster, but he’s been around for years, so I’m inclined to grade him very poorly. Not only do the Sox have 40-some games to evaluate roster spots, they also have this time to grade Pedro. I figure if Hahn stays, Grifol stays. If Hahn goes, the new GM should be allowed to pick is own manager and coaches.


Sometimes you don’t need 6 months to make an assessment. Sometimes you can wake up in a Vegas hotel room with a hangover that foretells the end times and realize matching shots with that Raiders defensive end and then proposing to and marrying the hot girl with the 7th-grade vocabulary and the high-pitched giggle that you went up to at the bar because she reminded you of your mother who you’ve always had a thing for was the biggest mistake of your life. It’s time for a quickie divorce.


I agree it’s time. Almost everyone who comments here agrees it time. However, it’s not out of the question that JR and KW may keep Hahn and Hahn will then keep Grifol. If the divorce sweeps the whole group, the next GM can then handpick the new mgr. Right now I’d say it’s 50-50. (I think if they wanted to fire Hahn, they would have already done it.)


Going by the last time JR fired a GM there’s still time:

I suspect though that some words were exchanged that brought it to a head sooner than the EoS. I do not believe Hahn has the guts to do that.

I had forgotten about the Wriniak hiring and that being a bone of contention.
Also the “he isn’t fired” sounds familiar.

Of course, that was when JR at least cared enough that he wasn’t going to let a thing like loyalty get in the way of his personnel decisions.


It doesn’t taste like development.