Mariners 9, White Sox 3: Embarrassed in front of a packed house

On the first night with capacity limits lifted for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Chicago White Sox were embarrassed by the Seattle Mariners, losing 9-3. Luis Torrens and Jake Farley are not household names, but they combined to hit three home runs while the White Sox offense continues to sputter. 

Torrens had the multi-home run night, and it started in the second inning. Carlos Rodon threw a hanging breaking pitch with a man on which Torrens smashed into the left-field bleachers. The two-run shot gave Seattle a quick 2-0 lead. 

Yasmani Grandal cut that lead in half, and for a moment, teased a night filled with big offense. Yusei Kikuchi tried to throw a fastball by Grandal, but with his patented sweet bat drop, the White Sox DH watched his 12th home run of the season go into the stands. 

Seattle lived up to the big offensive night. Adding another run in the third inning with some BABIP luck as Jake Bauers grounder was out of the range for Danny Mendick. Rodon would only allow three runs but lasted just five innings because the pitch count escalated. Rodon threw 104 pitches in five innings with a final line of 5 IP 5 H 3 ER 4 BB 8 K. 

Jose Ruiz and Zack Burdi tried to cover as much ground as possible, and Seattle had plenty of success against them. Farley hit a two-run homer off Ruiz in the sixth inning. Torrens hit his second home run of the night off Burdi in the seventh inning to make it 7-1. 

After Seattle added their eighth run, the White Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Anderson hit a slower grounder the just barely got past the pitcher’s mound, and beat the throw for an infield single. Brian Goodwin followed up with a single to right field, and both runners advanced an extra base on a wild pitch. 

Moncada would drive both Anderson and Goodwin in on a single through the infield to right field, but was checked out by the training staff after the base hit. During the broadcast, Moncada was pointing to the top of his left foot, giving him issues. Nevertheless, Moncada stayed in the game but something to monitor the rest of this series. 

Matt Foster did not have a clean ninth inning of work as he allowed two hits, one an RBI-single to Mitch Haniger and a walk. Seattle scored at least once in every inning against the White Sox bullpen on the night. 

Game Notes: 

  • Attendance was 32,189.
  • Jose Abreu went 0-for-3 with an HBP. He’s now hitting .239 for the season. 
  • Yoan Moncada went 2-for-3 with a walk. 
  • Andrew Vaughn hit his 15th double of the season. 
  • Minnesota beat Cleveland which still gives the White Sox a two-game lead in the AL Central.

Record: 44-31 | Box Score | StatCast

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soxygen

When I think about the fact that Matt Foster and Zack Burdi both have spots on the 26 man roster it makes me realize that probably 25 was enough

Trooper Galactus

And, along with Collins, really makes you marvel at the 2016 draft class for the White Sox.

ForsterFTOG

Maybe La Russo could figure out Collins’ ability to hit RHP and schedule Grandal’s days off appropriately.

metasox

I believe Collins has been catching Giolito and Rodon pretty regularly so it appears to be more of a pitching preference

soxygen

This is why earlier this season I was really advocating for TLR to give Mercedes a few games behind the dish. I felt like if he did that, he would have been more confident using his top two catchers at DH.

The idea would have been to get Collins as many at bats as possible as DH versus RHP. Doing so would have given the team a better idea of what Collins can do so that TLR would know whether it is worth making lineup decisions based on his ability to hit RHP.

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Soxfan2

Exactly! Collins had massive R/L spilts in the minors and that wasn’t going to change in the majors. This year he has a 35 wRC+ against Lefties but against Righties he has a 112 wRC+. We have to play the matchups, especially with such a depleted lineup. At least 2 of Grandal, Collins, Lamb have to be in the line up against Righties. I’m perfectly fine with Lamb in LF and Collins and Grandal catching or DHing most of the time against righties. I hate to take away development from Vaughn at this time but we have to play the guys that give us the best chance.

HallofFrank

It’s too early to write off Collins. He’s got an 89 wRC+ in his first taste of regular-ish playing time and has shown that he’ll likely stick at catcher. And look at the guys picked before him. There’s not a lot of MLB success there, outside of Ian Anderson and Cal Quantrill.

Soxfan2

No one should be writing him off. He has good value as a cheap, back up catcher that can hit decently against righties. I have no idea why Tony plays him against Lefties when he has never show any ability to hit them in his minor league career.

knoxfire30

30k plus and almost nothing to cheer about is tough

Burdi has the most hittable 96 mph fastball ive ever seen.

If I have to watch ruiz and burdi pitch and half the lineup be 4A types youd think the sox could get their concessions and service in order but beer lines were a mile long and food ordering apps a total disaster…. just classic sox you are expecting a big crowd and the onfield product lays an egg and the behind the scenes people make you not want to come back.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

If, like seemingly every other service outlet currently, the Sox are struggling to fill positions for game day staff games with big crowds are going to bring stadium concessions to a standstill. We’ll be pining for the good old days of 20% capacity.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Can someone plz photoshop the City Connect unis so they say ‘Disappointment’ on them instead of ‘Smithside’?

dwjm3

“Getting their players healthy really becomes the biggest second-half addition for the White Sox. That list includes left fielder Eloy Jiménez (ruptured left pectoral tendon), center fielder Luis Robert (right hip flexor tear) and outfielder Adam Engel (aggravation of right hamstring strain), who did some light running on the field pregame Friday.“

I hope Merkin isn’t writing this based on some inside info from Hahn.

Lol this is just so on brand

Root Cause

A list of our IL is a really great start to a playoff team.
You can add Kopeck, Nicki, and might as well add Eaton. Eaton is a 50/50 chance of being there on any given day.

As Cirensica

With TLR playing 4 replacement level players everyday, the bullpen woes, and the disappearing bat of Jose Abreu, I predict the White Sox will be in 2nd place before the weekend next week.