The South Side Sox Twitter account summed up that dubious eighth inning play perfectly: “New contender for the most 2018 White Sox play of the 2018 White Sox season. #YoullGetNoOutsAndLikeIt.”
Chris Volstad came on in the inning to protect a 3-1 Sox lead. Why Volstad, you ask? Well, the bullpen has been overworked due to a short outing from Dylan Covey on Friday night and a 5 1⁄3 inning effort from Carlos Rodon on Saturday.
With one out and the bases loaded, Adam Duvall hit a sharp ground ball to first baseman Matt Davidson. After fielding it cleanly, Davidson was thinking two from the get-go. He rushed over to first, but let the ball go in his throw to home before touching first — resulting in zero outs.
In the next at-bat, Billy Hamilton added a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three. Alex Blandino hit the dagger with a double down the right-field line to score two, which would be enough to secure the Reds victory.
It was all bad, and ruined another solid outing from James Shields.
Shields just continues to make himself look more appealing for contenders to trade for before the July 31 deadline.
He worked 6 2⁄3 innings of one-run ball to keep the Sox in the ballgame. He allowed four hits and four walks, but lowered his ERA to 4.12. Yes, James Shields is now close to a sub-four ERA.
Our friend Christopher Kamka tweeted that Shields has a 3.15 ERA in his last 10 starts (65 2⁄3 innings). He certainly doesn’t have the same stuff he once had, but he keeps using deception, different arm angles, etc. to get deep into games.
On the offensive side, Yoan Moncada added two doubles with an RBI and a run scored. His RBI double came from the right side of the plate, ripping a slider down the left-field line. Some encouraging signs there, for sure.
Yolmer Sanchez added two hits of his own, and Avisail Garcia launched an oppo-bomb in the top of the eighth.
Jose Abreu was forced to leave the game late after fouling a pitch off his ankle. He tried giving it a go in the field, but was in too much pain after making a nice play to end the next half inning.
The Sox drop to 29-55, while the Reds improve to 37-48. Lucas Giolito gets the start for the Sox tomorrow night.