First Pitch: White Sox at Orioles

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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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a-t

I had a complaint about hitting the slowest guy in the lineup leadoff mostly typed, but AV preempted it with impressive quickness.

Adam

Ok that’s two Josh Nelson shoutouts in a week. When we getting Benetti on the podcast or Nelson in the booth?

Shingos Cheeseburgers

The Sox cashed in their one extra base hit for the game way too early

Adam

Ye of little faith, they are getting two tonight. I can feel it

a-t

He not they apparently, unless AV’s come out as non-binary and I missed the news

a-t

I have a little hope. Probably unwarranted, but the contact off Lyles has been very hard so far.

calcetinesblancos

So do we have any confirmation that Carlos Perez is alive?

upnorthsox

Yes but he was told not to unpack…

a-t

A runner at third with less than 2 outs? Ominous.

Adam

They collapse almost faster than you can write that they are in it

a-t

It’s true, but I have to hand it to Tony: Switching the lineup around to have the lumbering “””corner outfielders””” hit in front of the fastest guy on the team, presumably to avoid the double play, only for the speedster to ground into two double plays is an excellent bit

Adam

This is quite the issue but one I can’t hang on Tony. It’s incredibly frustrating when TA / Robert go 1-2 and are out in 3 pitches at most. Which then screws the 3 hitter cause the pitcher gets to groove one knowing he won’t swing. I don’t have an answer for it. Sometimes I think the sox are a collection of excellent individual pieces that just don’t fit together.

upnorthsox

One more single to load them up!

Adam

Yoan 2-2 with excellent defense, and an appearant…slight ankle turn that hurts wheel bad

As Cirensica

Tuning in…what’s happening?

Adam

If you watched game 1, you’ve seen this movie. We hit a homer, they hit a bigger homer. Then just a bunch of singles and missed opportunities. Playing all the hits. Man at 3rd, less than 2 outs, no score.

As Cirensica

Oh.. this is a movie sequel larger than Friday the 13th

upnorthsox

Yes, Scream 15.

denman

Why did Gonzalez replace Moncada?

Adam

He charged a bunt 3 innings ago and maybe turned his ankle a bit. Stayed in, got another hit, made a couple of really nice plays, then decided he’d had enough

As Cirensica

I see…he had an ouchie that was too tough on him.

upnorthsox

So we are at the part of the program where we don’t even hit singles anymore, instead its a race to see who can get out the fastest.

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abehickock

6 innings and 1 run against Lyles, a career journeyman.

As Cirensica

Errand throw offense works

As Cirensica

Remember when Seby hit 3 homers in a game?

upnorthsox

I was there, they lost.

As Cirensica

oh… is that why we hit singles now?

upnorthsox

Yes my presence has that effect, just ask my wife.

ChiSoxND12

Yyyepp. Former Indians got em, July 30 or 31 of last year. Wish I didn’t remember

Adam

Yoans early exit helped us here cause no way he pushes it like Romy did. Take ‘em how we can

a-t

Credit where credit’s due: they certainly TRIED to ground into another double play

upnorthsox

If at first you don’t succeed………..:-(

Nellie Fox

Would anyone like to venture a guess what larrusa was thinking about in that inning? 2 guys on no out. Maybe he was just napping.

As Cirensica

Guessing what larussa thinks hurts.

upnorthsox

Probably was thinking what the rest of us were thinking, how can they f#@k it up this time.

upnorthsox

I really like Terrin Vavra, been following him since Minnesota. I wonder what Baltimore would want for him.

Adam

Maybe Gavin since he’d clearly hit .800 in Baltimore full time

Adam

3 extra base hits!!! In one game!! Checking espn now to see if it’s headline news

upnorthsox

Ha! Sheets sunked Robert out from hitting into his 3rd DP. Teach him a lesson and send him home instead.

Adam

Jose!!!

Foulkelore

RBI Jose makes an appearance.

Adam

Despite his success, im still not ready for “big game” jimmy lambert

upnorthsox

But he is and that’s what counts.

Adam

Big game jimmy says I can stick it

upnorthsox

Big game Jimmy says “let go of your apple Adam, ain’t no chokers here!”

Adam

Well…there’s one

upnorthsox

Yes, there it was in left field the whole time.

Nellie Fox

Wonder if Mullins just comes to the stadium with dirt on his jersey?

upnorthsox

Last big question, do we good Liam or naughty Liam?

Nellie Fox

Love the way he is working the crowd, he is feeding off them

upnorthsox

And it looks like naughty Liam. 🙁

Foulkelore

Oh no, Engel. Please let that not hurt.

funkerdan

welp

Foulkelore

It hurt.

upnorthsox

You just knew it. Even our good defenders suck.

dwjm3

Wow

palkadance

I’m sorry. I have no sympathy for a guy who is so fragile that, instead of picking up his teammate, he responds by immediately shitting the bed and giving up a homer… to a guy who’s never homered before. Hendriks is pathetic.

Nellie Fox

A little harsh but the count was 0-2 and he throws one over the middle of the plate.

OldMMJ87

The second that ball hit the ground, it felt inevitable that it would come back and bite the Sox. They’re not good enough to give any team extra outs.

upnorthsox

and we can’t even move the Manfred man off second. He’s left standing like a war dead statue.

Adam

Saw 7 pitches…left ghost runner at 2nd. Worst extra inning performance in the ghost man era? Could it be worse?

funkerdan

Joe gives up the winning hit on one pitch?

funkerdan

or just a lackadaisical throw to first.

upnorthsox

All F’ing most

funkerdan

I think I’ve been holding my breath a while now

denman

I can’t believe it; I checked out of Gameday with 2 outs and 2 strikes with Hendriks on the bump. And, now it’s tied. Guardians have lost and the Twins are losing.. Sox gotta win this one.

Foulkelore

Wow, Joe Houdini. Great play by Harrison to keep this game alive.

funkerdan

I was worried Seby was blocking the plate too early. looked like his foot was over the line

Whoom

Unbelievable play. I thought the game was over on the high hop.

upnorthsox

I can’t believe we got out of that. They’re teasing us now, I know it.

ecivokrak

Good job, Sox. At least they have a talent for making mediocrity interesting.

OldMMJ87

Continuing to play Luis Robert when he can barely hold a bat seems to me to be a criminally stupid offense.

calcetinesblancos

Seriously the weirdest team ever; some guys get rested after playing a game, other guys play when they can’t even swing a bat.

OldMMJ87

The way they’ve handled the IL this season is baffling

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Seems bad that Luis can’t even hold a bat

Shingos Cheeseburgers

That’s a hearty #RISPLOL

Adam

This is like the opening scene of mr baseball, where Tom selleck keeps swinging and missing but he never strikes out.

dwjm3

The Orioles are innovative they turn Offensive Lineman into closers.

upnorthsox

Is there an award for most pitiful attempt to drive in the Manfred man? I think we have winner and runner up in the same game.

denman

11 hits and only 3 runs, not to mention the errors: The oddest thing is that it’s a line that is not the least bit surprising for this team.

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calcetinesblancos

I feel so bad for Engel right now. Why didn’t Liam waste a pitch or two.

OldMMJ87

I think he tried to, he couldn’t command his breaking ball all night. If you’re Engel you have one job, there is one reason you’re on a major league roster. I feel bad for him, but he has to catch that. This team isn’t good enough to give anyone extra outs.

dsbatt

I don’t feel bad for Engel. He doesn’t belong in the majors. Hahn needs to set an example and option him or designate him for assignment if no options are left.

dwjm3

Benneti don’t give me the Orioles feel like a team of destiny line….We handed them that game by sucking

ChiSoxND12

Carrying the water for the bad on-field product is the Jerry Way. Jason’s been doing it for 7 solid seasons

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upnorthsox

And there you go, another mercy killing.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Not getting swept on the road while playing a better team? Moral victory!

upnorthsox

So we go from nice series win to at least we didn’t get swept on one pitch in the 9th

charlie

0-2 count this is not a guy you try and fool you just blow him away