Padres 3, White Sox 2: One more makes 100

If you’re like me and want to see the White Sox lose 100 games so it accurately reflects the day-in, day-out misery of following this team for the generations to come, then the White Sox picked one of the more watchable ways to do it.

Dylan Cease ended his season on an OK note, Yoán Moncada homered for the second straight night, and Carlos Pérez victimized Josh Hader for his first major-league home run to make a game of it in the ninth. Those solo shots just happened to be all the runs the Sox scored, and it wasn’t enough to offset Yohan Ramirez’s sudden discombobulation.

The Sox trailed 1-0 courtesy of one of the more unusual sequences you’ll see when Ramirez took over for Cease in the sixth. He started the inning with a groundout and a strikeout, but then he unraveled. He walked Brett Sullivan on four pitches, got ahead of Matthew Batten 1-2 before missing with three straight, then got ahead of Trent Grisham 1-2 before going full.

Ramirez wishes he’d walked Grisham, because he instead left a sinker up on the inner half, and Grishman lined it to right-center for a double that scored both runs with ease, since both were running with the pitch. That put the Sox behind 3-0, and Ramirez capped off his night with a sinker that deflected off Xander Bogaerts’ hand and hit Korey Lee in the groin. His long-awaited first HBP with the White Sox was a 2-for-1.

That ended up cementing Cease’s loss, even if he deserved a no-decision. He started the fifth by striking out Matthew Batten on three pitches. The third pitch was a slider in the dirt that bounced in front of the plate, and Lee didn’t get his mitt all the way down. It skipped through his legs and well into foul territory on the third-base side. Batten ran hard to first, and then he caught Lee off-guard by not breaking stride toward second, and ended up just beating Lee’s throw to the bag for the rare two-base dropped third strike. He ended up scoring on another wild pitch and a Bogaerts sac fly.

Cease was fine otherwise, and so was the rest of the White Sox bullpen, even if Deivi García and Bryan Shaw also flirted with two-out walks in their appearances.

The White Sox offense just couldn’t come up with the big hit, even if they came up with some big hits. Moncada blistered a double off the right-field wall, then followed it up with a solo shot on Robert Suarez’s hanging changeup for the Sox’s first run in the eighth.

Moncada had a chance to make it three straight successful plate appearances when he strode to the plate with the tying and winning runs on base. Pérez shocked Hader by ambushing a 2-1 sinker for a no-doubt shot to left to start the ninth, and while Tim Anderson flied out, Andrew Benintendi walked, and Eloy Jiménez took one off the toe. Zach Remillard pinch-ran for him, and the drama heightened further when Moncada got ahead 3-0.

He took a sinker for strike one, watched another one on the low, outside corner for strike two, and while he got Hader to come over the middle of the plate on the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Moncada couldn’t elevate it. He instead grounded to short for a 6-4-3 double play turned by the Padres just in time.

The White Sox went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11, because they actually drew five walks along with the Jiménez toe tap. Moncada bookended an otherwise exciting night by stranding a pair of runners in his first and last plate appearances, and Tim Anderson also struggled in the clutch. He grounded out to third with a pair of runners on in the fifth, then flied out to shallow right with the bases loaded and one out, and Andrew Benintendi couldn’t pick him up, grounding out to first.

Bullet points:

*Elvis Andrus committed an error with two outs in the eighth when his attempt to play Grisham’s grounder in the outfield grass was foiled by a tough hop.

*The Padres went 1-for-8 with 12 stranded themselves, so it wasn’t a clinic in the clutch.

*The Padres were eliminated from postseason contention during the game because the Marlins rallied to beat the Pirates. The White Sox were eliminated weeks ago.

Record: 61-99 | Box score | Statcast

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Good thing the Sox didn’t sign Machado otherwise the Padres would have been our fate, eh.


In no timeline can the Sox succeed with Reinsdorf.


I dont know if they cranked up the crowd mics or not but that seemed like a lively crowd for the game tonight.


The crowd looked very sparse though…because most people care more about winning games than about winning the “front office loyalty pennant” or finishing near the top of the “long term payroll flexibility standings.”


And yet, 20,000 people according to the box office.



Jerry is never held accountable, this is part of the problem. Too many casual fans that don’t care at all about how bad is the quality of what they are paying to see.


If the Sox split the final 2, they lose exactly 100, same as the 2018 team. But if they lose both, 101 losses would be the most in team history since 1970.

Having the worst season in 50 years sounds a lot better to me. Anything short of that would be disappointing.


Then clearly they’ll split, the white sox are always an 80 grade in disappointment.

Root Cause

Fire them all, Jerry. The GM, the front office, and close the building. Eliminate the 1st base coach and head coaching positions. Use 10% of that to hire some good coaches in the minors and give the minor league players better housing, food, and salaries. AI can be rented to pick your talent.

Hell, a lotto ball machine could pick out an average team over time.


I don’t think 100 pitches through 5 innings equals “Cease was fine” He needs to cut down the number of pitches he throws


Nice final outing for Clevinger in a Sox uniform. 2 innings and 6 runs. Good riddance.