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Cubs 12, White Sox 5 : Cubs Crush Carroll, Cleto

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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Third time was not a charming experience for White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll. After only giving up 1 ER in his two starts  the Chicago Cubs tattooed Carroll, scoring 6 runs on 11 hits.

After escaping jams with runners in scoring position in the first two innings, luck finally ran its course for Carroll. After hitting the 15 inning mark as a major league starter, the wheels came off. With the White Sox leading 2-0, the Cubs would score 3 runs in a hurry with a lead-off triple by Kalish, then a RBI single by Luis Valbuena, and a 2 run home run by Anthony Rizzo. All within 6 pitches. Later in the 4th inning, Carroll gave up a 2-run shot to Starlin Castro, giving the Cubs a 6-2 lead they never looked back from.

Per BrooksBaseball, Carroll could only muster a total of 4 whiffs in the game.

Pitch Statistics as coded by the Automatic MLBAM Gameday Algorithm
Pitch Type Velo (Max) H-Break V-Break Count Strikes / % Swings / % Whiffs / % BIP (No Out) SNIPs / % LWTS
FT (Two-seam Fastball) 91.1 (92.5) -7.80 2.63 25 15 / 60.0% 13 / 52.0% 2 / 8.0% 8 (4) 7 / 41.2% 1.45
FF (Four-seam Fastball) 90.6 (92.8) -5.07 5.73 37 23 / 62.2% 16 / 43.2% 0 / 0.0% 11 (6) 12 / 46.2% 4.19
CH (Changeup) 81.3 (82.6) -5.93 3.63 3 3 / 100.0% 0 / 0.0% 0 / 0.0% 0 (0) 3 / 100.0% -0.18
SL (Slider) 82.1 (84.5) 2.82 -0.18 8 3 / 37.5% 1 / 12.5% 0 / 0.0% 0 (0) 3 / 37.5% 0.10
CU (Curveball) 76.1 (79.0) 9.48 -3.55 17 11 / 64.7% 5 / 29.4% 2 / 11.8% 2 (2) 9 / 60.0% 1.37

After a rough start like tonight could spell doom for a career minor league such as Carroll. Good news, Felipe Paulino did not fare better in his start in Charlotte tonight, which means Carroll may get another opportunity to prove his worth.

Probably can't say the same for Maikel Cleto, who had a pitching line  2IP, 3 Hits, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's that including giving up a grand slam to Mike Olt.

Unless you are wearing a paper bag over your head while Cleto is pitching (which is not a bad idea) its obvious he has control issues. Not sure how long anyone can stay on a major league roster with a BB/9 ratio of 9.64.

Here is a fun graph to display how wild and ineffective Cleto was tonight:

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via www.brooksbaseball.net

Now for some good news:

  • Alexei Ramirez had 4 hits, his 15th multi-hit game of the year. Last time Ramirez had 4 hits in a game was 9/16/2013 vs. Minnesota
  • Moses Sierra, who was looked lost with Toronto, is now 6 for 12 as a White Sox.
  • Conor Gillaspie return to the line up by going 2 for 4 with an RBI tonight.
  • White Sox still get to keep the Cup, and have won the season series against the Cubs for the 5th time in the past 6 years.
  • The worst team in the National League, Arizona Diamondbacks, visit this weekend.
Record: 18-18 | Box Score | Play-by-play | Highlights