That score is even funnier when you realize that Elvis Andrus homered on the game’s first pitch.
While this mess was unfurling, I was watching the Lenyn Sosa-less Charlotte Knights play here in Nashville to grab some photos and see a couple of the players the White Sox acquired in their deadline trades.
I first checked the score as they wrapped up the first. The Rockies led 5-1, and it’s because Michael Kopech lost all of the three true outcomes. His line showed three walks, two homers and zero strikeouts. Both teams grabbed the lead as fast as they possibly could — Kopech opened with a walk and a homer — but the Rockies kept piling on.
The White Sox, conversely, were limited to just three singles over the final eight innings. Andrus had two of them, Vaughn (who drew the Sox’s lone walk in the first inning) had the other, and the rest of the lineup went 0-for-23 against Jimmy Lambert’s brother and two relievers. The Sox did not get one runner into scoring position, whereas the Rockies went 6-for-18.
A few more bullet points. As always, fill in any details I might’ve missed, because I don’t think there’s a point in going back and watching it closely.
*No White Sox pitcher escaped unscathed. Brett Honeywell dodged trouble in the fifth, but gave up a run-scoring triple to Brendan Rodgers that would’ve been a homer in 25 of 30 parks, followed by an RBI single in the sixth. Declan Cronin gave up a leadoff double that scored on a couple of productive outs, and Bryan Shaw allowed three consecutive batters to reach with one out in the eighth.
*White Sox pitchers walked eight against four strikeouts, while their hitters drew just one walk against five K’s.
*Andrus’ homer was No. 100 for his career.
*Both of Andrus’ singles were erased by Andrew Benintendi double plays. After the second of those sequences to open the sixth, Rockies pitchers retired the last 11 battes they faced to end the game.
*Lenyn Sosa smoked a couple of lineouts in his return to the White Sox lineup, and even his groundout counted as a hard-hit ball (96.8 mph).