Carlos Rodón was fairly awful, getting bounced from the game after just three innings, yielding nine hits, eight earned and three homers, ballooning his ERA from 2.89 to 4.94 in the space of a sneeze.
The Chicago White Sox trailed the Detroit Tigers 8-1 in the middle of the fourth at one point in the game.
Ten homers were hit in the game. Officially, nine, because ...
José Abreu had his second home run and sixth RBI of the night nullified by passing Tim Anderson on the basepaths crossing first base, as both players watched his towering fly out to left field.
There were 23 runs and 36 hits combined in the game. The White Sox had 21 hits.
And Anderson continued his miraculous first month of 2019, cracking his fourth hit, a two-out, first-pitch screamer out to left to walk off a 12-11 win.
In honor of the unorthodox win, and in an effort to keep sprinkling the recaps with a hearty dose of fun in another tough season, let’s tell the story of the game via tonight’s gamethread.
Nope. No hope left.
Rodón’s first inning first batter strikeout, back-to-back jacks from Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera, a walk, a single. Pitches: 25.
Rodón’s second inning three Ks sandwiched around a single-walk-single and a third ER. Pitches: 29
Rodón’s third inning single-wild pitch-homer (Eloy Jiménez crumples against left-field wall)
Rodón’s fourth inning walk-single-double and Carlos bounces.
Listen, we just want the kid to be healthy. I once joked that forget his defense, he should be in the majors if he has to play left field naked, without a glove. OK, that might overstate it. But, yeah, he’s lost out there. Is it illegal to station Daryl Boston and his whistle in the bullpen, guiding Eloy a bit?
Oh, and X-rays seemed to rule out any broken bones on Jiménez. He was in a boot postgame and the White Sox are calling the injury an ankle sprain.
And what the hell was that injury protocol? Herm Schneider, come back!
I mean, if it's me, I'm soft-casting him right there on the warning track, or full Looney Tunesing a stretcher crew to the field to hustle him off, or straight-up suspending Eloy in amber until I know the extent of injury. But the White Sox? "Hey kid, jog it off." @SouthSideSox— Brett Ballantini (@BrettBallantini) April 27, 2019
Abreu would finish the night 4-for-5 with five RBIs, two runs, two homers (only one, officially!). He now has 24 RBIs in 2019 in spite of a horrendous slump to start the season, with a .260 average and .823 OPS.
The Breaking T/South Side Sox joint is blowing up, yo. Seriously, get yourself some Stick Talk.
This from ballershots, in the midst of a 4-for-6, three-run, two-RBI night from TA, pushing his average back up to .402. Tough crowd.
And, we’ll get back to TA.
Listen, Capra’s weird send or not, let’s tip a cap to James McCann. He’s packed the sum total of what I thought he’d bring to the White Sox all season, in one month. He seems like a good glue guy, and a heads-up ballplayer. He up and snatched an easy steal of second in the seventh. Respect due.
Yolmer Sánchez may also agree, as McCann (who did appear rather puzzled) received a Gatorade splash at home plate for TA’s game-winner:
Yep, José did pass Anderson on the basepaths, negating his second home run of the game, reducing it to a single, and trimming a two-run lead to one. In the next half-inning, Detroit’s Ronny Rodriguez hit a solo shot to tie the game, so the baserunning gaffe did cost the White Sox ... temporarily, at least.
Yep. Maybe Abreu, too?
One more time in SLO-MO: pic.twitter.com/J0LXRQgpzF— It’s a long season. (@mighty_flynn) April 27, 2019
Jesus, Tim. Have a month.
Tomorrow, it’s a 6:10 CT night game that’s going to try outracing wind, cold, rain, snow, or batters passing runners on base, as Reynaldo López takes on TBD for the Tigers. Year of the Hamster will be shivering through game coverage.