Here’s how I spent today’s White Sox game: cleaning out the garden beds and planting a few pansies (which can withstand the overnight cold April weather); chatting with my neighbor, who I just found out is expecting a baby; talking on the phone to my best friend, who lives in California; eating some ice cream and Oreos (I had given up sugar for Lent); all of this with the game on the radio in the background.
In other words, I barely paid attention to this game (sorry, Brett), which is appropriate, because the White Sox didn’t seem to give it much thought either, losing to the Detroit Tigers, 4-3.
Judging from the light gamethread today, most of you had better things to do, too. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything.
Reynaldo Lopez continued his move in a positive direction, with eight strikeouts and two earned runs over six innings. (Yeah, Detroit is terrible, but you can only pitch to the team in front of you.) However, an error by Leury Garcia to start the sixth eventually came around to score, and Jose Ruiz gave up a home run to our pal Gordon Beckham in the seventh to give the Tigers all the runs they’d need. (For you hockey fans out there, an extra run in the late innings of baseball is similar to a goal scored with less than a minute left in a period, no? Difficult to come back from.)
A few of the Sox woke up in the eighth. With two out, Ryan Cordell and Yolmer Sanchez hit back-to-back singles. Garcia plated Cordell, and Yolmer came around on a wild pitch while Tim Anderson was at bat. Timmy then brought Garcia home, and hope was springing eternal on this fine spring day. Alas, it was not to be, as Jose Abreu grounded out to end the inning and the scoring.
The team veterans — Abreu, Yonder Alonso, and Welington Castillo — continued to look terrible at the plate, going 1-for-11 with four men left on base between the three of them.
Bringing back my “three things” feature ...
This rebuild might actually work: Timmy looked good in his return, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Yoan Moncada had a nice defensive play on a pop-out by Niko Goodrum in the second.
I watched so you didn’t have to: I know ERA isn’t everything, but Ruiz has an 11.57 ERA and that homer to Beckham was a killer.
This what being a Sox fan feels like: The White Sox are bad on Sundays, right? Like more than usual?
The White Sox start a three-game set in Baltimore tomorrow night, with Manny Banuelos taking Lucas Giolito’s spot in the rotation.