Angels 5, White Sox 1: A night to Herget

The White Sox have now lost 10 of their last 11, and if you’re struggling to differentiate games at this point, this one had the ninth-inning uprising that prompted Joe Maddon to call on his closer for the fourth time in five games with a four-run lead.

The Sox trailed 5-1 entering the ninth, but Mike Mayers gave up a one-out single to Tim Anderson, then plunked Andrew Vaughn. That was enough for Maddon, who called for Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias didn’t have his best stuff, issuing his first walk of the season to José Abreu that loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Luis Robert.

Robert, playing for the first time in eight days after dealing with a strained groin, flied out to right to end the game, so it’s a loss like the rest.

Other hallmarks of recent White Sox play remained, including:

A starting pitching performance that should’ve been adequate: The Angels blitzed Lucas Giolito with a pair of first-inning solo shots — Taylor Ward on an elevated curveball, Shohei Ohtani on a fastball — but he settled down to notch a quality start on 99 pitches. In fact, he should’ve been able to get out with just two runs allowed, but …

A key error: … José Abreu couldn’t scoop Josh Harrison’s cross-body throw on Mike Trout’s grounder leading off the sixth inning, and that run eventually came around to score.

A non-existent offense against a non-descript righty: The White Sox were held to three hits in a game opened by emergency starter Jimmy Herges, who stepped in after Noah Syndergaard was scratched with an illness. Tim Anderson led off with a double and scored on a pair of soft grounders — the second of which was a weird Yasmani Grandal spinner that slipped through Matt Duffy’s wickets — but José Abreu grounded into a double play, and the White Sox didn’t have another baserunner until the seventh inning.

Fruitless hard contact: The White Sox scored the four hardest-hit balls of the game and had seven with triple-digit exit velocity, but only Abreu’s 110.2 mph grounder through the middle in the seventh inning counted as a hit. Drives by Abreu and Luis Robert died on the warning track, and Andrew Vaughn had a rocket snared by a lunging Anthony Rendon behind third base.

Suboptimal weather: The game opened at 60 degrees, but then the rain came, accompanied by a firm wind. Nobody will miss this month.

Bullet points:

*The White Sox were outhit 13-3, and only had four at-bats with a runner in scoring position (0-for-4).

*Giolito had to shift away from his breaking stuff, but he found safe harbor in his fastball-changeup combination, getting 14 of his 15 swinging strikes on those pitches.

*His start ended without throwing a pitch, as he picked off Rendon at second base, assisted by a terrific Josh Harrison tag.

*While Abreu wasn’t able to scoop Harrison’s throw, he did dig out Jake Burger’s long toss from well across the diamond to convert a sterling play.

*Ryan Burr made his first appearance of the season and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. He was supposed to pitch the final four outs, but Anderson Severino had to come in to face Ohtani.

*Grandal went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and committed a throwing error on a steal of second, which came around to score.

Record: 7-12 | Box score | Statcast

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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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BuehrleMan

Well that didn’t go so great but as a notoriously optimistic person I am always inclined to take something positive away from any game. The positive from this game is that at least the White Sox never signed Trevor Bauer.

BuehrleMan

Yes! Thank you! Happy fucking Lee Elia Day to you and your family! This game was a swell tribute. I’ve been letting the motherfucking expletives fly, believe you me.

And of course this particular Lee Elia Day day brings thoughts of the recently departed Grobber. That guy was a real hero.

Trooper Galactus

So much for that.

Trooper Galactus

Josh, remember when I said I wouldn’t mind the losing so much if they could at least show signs of competing and not just looking so dead-ass all the time? We still ain’t there.

itaita

To be fair the pitching has been competitive. But the offense is dead to the point where its hard to watch the games from a boredom standpoint. But hey, the Sox are undefeated if they score more then 5 runs. Sadly they’ve only done it 4 times this year.

Trooper Galactus

Some of the pitching has been competitive, but unfortunately, the relievers we expected to most rely on have been terrible and the starters we expected to carry the bulk of the innings load have been injured or just downright terrible.

metasox

Team showed some spirit in the 9th. A glimpse into the possibility of late scoring like last season

Trooper Galactus

They showed some spirit in the second game against the Royals, and that sure stuck around.

jhomeslice

Roke pointed out that 32 of the next 50 games (tonight’s loss being the first) are against very good teams, ending June 22. They will need to win 27 to be at .500. If they don’t play well and win 22, it would put them at 10 under. If they play like the past 2 weeks, they could win less than that.

They are going to need to wake TF up pretty soon. If they had a really bad stretch and were more than 10 under by late June, is there even a small chance TLR might get booted?

metasox

Even though they should be able to bounce back in a bad division, can’t be good for the players psyche if they get down much more. Also creates an opening for a team like MN to seek reinforcements.

roke1960

I honestly don’t see any scenario where Jerry would fire Tony. I guess a losing streak-induced drinking binge where he gets another DUI would probably do it though.

jhomeslice

Unless they find another gear soon, hopefully Yoan’s return helps, they could have an unthinkably bad record by late June. Good teams are going to massacre them if they play anywhere close to this level. AL Central teams have killed them as it is.

They have a sub-.500 record against good teams since 2020. I’ll be quite surprised if they are closer to .500 on June 22. If they are just a few games under .500 at that time it would not be the worst thing. But they cannot afford to be a lot worse.

Michael Kenny

The Sox got on board with the fly ball revolution just in time for the dead ball and the cold weather.

ParisSox

They’re hitting the ball hard. Lots of barrels as someone pointed out the other day. I gotta believe things will turn around.

BenwithVen

This is the most miserable stretch of baseball I can remember. Just absolutely punishing to be a fan of this team right now. I audibly groaned when Vaughn absolutely killed that ball only for it be immediately snagged by Rendon.

They’ll turn it around, I just hope they’re not in a big enough hole where it won’t matter if they do.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

It will be at least May before the Sox win a game Giolito starts

As Cirensica

It’s really hard to win in the cold

jhomeslice

Except in each of those losses, some other team managed to win in the same conditions.

Having said that, the schedule makers are beyond stupid to have the Sox play Tampa, KC, and the Angels all at home in April. Going to home games so far has been miserable with this weather, one reason they are 23rd in attendance.

Last edited 3 months ago by jhomeslice
soxygen

No matter the temp, the chance of winning is the same. The issue is whether the White Sox front office knows how to construct a roster that can win in April, I.e. a lineup that is better at getting on base and less reliant on power.

Last edited 3 months ago by soxygen