First Pitch: White Sox vs. Pirates

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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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mikeyb

Jose Abreu’s slugging percentage is higher than 7 of the Pirates hitters’ OPS. We’re going to our score them by at least 10 runs in this series.

Foulkelore

Um, am I the only one getting rain delay theater when the MLB app shows the game is still going?

HouseOfTheRisingSox

I am too. I don’t get it. I love Thome and all, but….

Foulkelore

Technical difficulties at the park:

HouseOfTheRisingSox

Thank you

LuBob DuRob

My mlb.tv went to commercial, but it’s back now with no audio on announcers.

SkeeterSkeeterman

You are not alone … power outage according to pirates broadcast, which came back about a minute before the Sox telecast did

Medium Hurt

Frustrating that we missed three runs scoring. Glad it’s fixed now, though.

Joliet Orange Sox

I too was frustrated to not see the three runs score but in the end I feel that was not the most exciting thing about this game.

asinwreck

Brault just walked his fourth hitter. We are in the top of the third.

asinwreck

And his day is over. Four walks, one HBP, no strikeouts. Not a recipe for success against a hot lineup, but I suppose the damage could have been worse than 4-0.

Trooper Galactus

Tim Anderson developing a legit power swing has been a wonderful cherry on top of being a batting title competitor.

joewho112

Giolito has been good-ish

CaptainEuphemism

A no hitter would be nice, but I’d be almost as happy with a Maddux.

asinwreck

Nine strikeouts. So many changeups.

asinwreck

Aside from that one walk to Gonzalez…..yeah.

asinwreck

Ten strikeouts, 76 pitches through seven.

asinwreck

Twelve strikeouts, 89 pitches through eight, and this game is now getting mentioned in other broadcasts.

asinwreck

That change for the second strike to Dyson was cruel.

asinwreck

YES!

Eagle Bones

Just tuned in. Pretty uneventful night so far eh?

Foulkelore

Yeah, Gio’s been ok, I guess.

joewho112

101 pitches. Nice

asinwreck

Just missed a Maddux, but, y’know, still not a bad game!

Foulkelore

Whew, that sinking line drive made my heart skip, but he did it! Awesome night, Lucas Giolito!!!

LuBob DuRob

Let the magic continue!

BuehrleMan

the pitch made my heart stop. it was just hanging up there. whew!

awesome!

asinwreck

The cooler bath during the post-game interview seems like good practice given Yolmer’s imminent return.

Oddvark

I guess they are not going to mess with McCann catching all of Giolito’s games anymore this season.

Is there any chance that they try to re-sign McCann to continue to time share with Grandal, or is that too much to spend on the catcher position?

Foulkelore

I had similar thoughts. Even though McCann has been very good, I can’t imagine he’d be too expensive to resign. It might come down to whether McCann wants to be sharing as much time with Grandal, or wants to go somewhere to be the clear number one catcher. I’d be all for having extreme catcher depth.

tommytwonines

Some team in dire need of a catcher will pay McCann next year to a three or four-year deal the Sox can’t match. I can’t see him being re-signed with the Grandal contract/commitment.

MrTopaz

Hot.
EFFING.
DOG!

polishwith

It’s so refreshing to have nice things again. That being said, did it look like Eloy got hurt during the celebration?

asinwreck

Jiménez twisted his ankle but walked off the field on his own power

“He was excited” said Renteria

— James Fegan (@JRFegan) August 26, 2020

John SF

That was really something special to watch.

Pointerbabe

Wooooooooooooo!