Rays 4, White Sox 2: Cease suffers one un-grand inning

Dylan Cease made relatively easy work of the first inning for once.

It was the second inning that did him in.

After posting a zero on a respectable 20 pitches to open his day, Cease failed to retire any of the first four batters in the second. He issued a pair of walks around an Avisaíl García single, after which Travis d’Arnaud crushed an inner-half slider out to left for the grand slam.

Tampa Bay hitters seemed to be able to sit slider because he kept missing high with his fastball, a trend that had plagued the first inning of his first two starts. García single was also on the breaking ball.

Cease gave up a two-out ground-rule double before the close of the inning, and then he didn’t allow another hit the rest of the way. Neither did any White Sox reliever. The White Sox limited the Rays to two walks over the remaining six innings they pitched, and both were erased with double plays.

Unfortunately, even though the White Sox outhit the Rays 5-3, they were outscored 4-2. They wasted their best opportunity against Blake Snell in the first inning, when a wild pitch put runners on second and third with nobody out and Jose Abreu at the plate, albeit on a 1-2 count. Alas, Abreu struck out, Leury García was thrown out at home trying to score on a pitch that wasn’t wild enough, and James McCann went down swinging to end the threat.

The Sox couldn’t muster a similar threat against Snell the rest of the way. They made him throw 109 pitches over six innings, but that’s because they struck out 10 times.

They avoided the shutout when Tampa Bay’s bullpen arrived. Ryan Goins drew a one-out walk off Andrew Kittridge in the seventh, then scored on Yolmer Sánchez’s triple over the head of center fielder Avísail García. Adam Engel then cashed in Sänchez with an infield single that made it 4-2 and brought the tying run to the plate. Alas, the rest of the White Sox went eight up and eight down, and Engel never got a chance to come to the plate as the tying run.

Bullet points:

*Sánchez and Engel had four of the White Sox’ five hits.

*The White Sox went 2-8 on the road trip, and were one McCann swing from being 1-9.

*The bullpen should be rested for the homestand. Josh Osich recorded eight outs by himself, and Jimmy Cordero retired the last batter of the eighth in his White Sox debut.

*Thanks to everybody who came out to Alter Brewing for the meetup. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

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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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DrCrawdad

Great to meet you in person and enjoy some suds.

I got the last question on POS today!

iowasox1971

Would feel better about the future rotation if Cease could deliver a quality start. So far, he’s 0-for-3.
Key play of the game was the near-wild pitch in the first inning. If Leury’s safe there, I think we would have scored at least two runs in that inning, then who knows what would have happened.
Horrible road trip. A sweep of the Marlins would help make up for it, but they could easily sweep us, too.

MrStealYoBase

Fastball command is off but the stuff looks great!

knoxfire30

His fastball command is atrocious but I think thats pretty fixable the stuff is there. Riding fastball with a lot of life in the upper 90s and slider curve mix is pretty good. Its great he can use 2019 to get his feet wet and in the offseason hoping the coaching staff can work with him to tighten his command and maybe get him a usable changeup.

burning-phoneix

Nah Coop will give him the Ol’ Cutter, watch those HRs become groundouts to Yoan.

roke1960

Cease will be much better in 2020 because of the valuable experience he is gaining here. His fastball command will definitely improve as he settles into the rotation. His stuff is electric. Once he harnesses it, he will be a top of the rotation starter.

burning-phoneix

Cease just has some weird moments where he loses his command, gives up a bunch of runs then strikes out six dudes in a row. It’s maddening but I’ll chalk it up to rookie inexperience for now.

itaita

Or hes Rich Harden who went 5IP 10H 5R 5ER 4BB 12K 110 Pitches every start.

gogosox21

Obviously your comment is not meant in a positive light but Cease having Hardens career wouldn’t be a negative. I don’t have a good handle on success rates for prospects but it’s probably significantly higher than the “median” outcome for Cease’s career. Harden was maddening but also really dominant for a few years and it seems like Cease could be the same way if his command doesn’t improve the way we hope.

Patrick Nolan

“Alas, the rest of the White Sox went eight up and eight down, and Engel never got a chance to come to the plate as the tying run.”

Rats.