Oh, Manny, Manny, why you gotta do that to me? Why you leave me hanging?— Brett Ballantini (@BrettBallantini) May 5, 2019
10 straight, two-out hits?
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Ten, yes 10 consecutive, two-out hits off of Manny Bañuelos turned a 1-0 Chicago White Sox lead into a 9-1 deficit. Here’s how it went down:
Yeah, I threw the “Carson Fulmer walked a guy on five pitches in order to douse a 10 consecutive hit and nine unanswered runs crisis” in for perspective (see No. 2, below).
Nine unanswered runs by the Boston Red Sox put the game out of reach before Rick Renteria had a chance to figure out which White Sox hitter would needlessly bunt in the ninth. With an assist from Fulmer in the fourth, the total number of unanswered runs from Boston in the game in fact swelled to ... 15.
Fulmer faced eight batters in the game tonight. He retired one of them, the first guy he faced, getting Mookie Betts to euthanize the third inning with a fly out.
The White Sox had seven hits in the game, including two by both José Abreu (who had both of Chicago’s RBIs as well) and Leury García. As you well know by now, Boston had three more hits than that tonight. Consecutively. In the third inning. With two outs.
A month into the season, the White Sox are already six games out of first place in the AL Central. And that’s playing with them playing at a cellar Sallies-aided, 14-17 (73-win season) pace.
The Red Sox hit five doubles in the game, en route to nine extra-base hits and 20 overall. The White Sox had one-extra base hit, Abreu’s eight-inning solo shot after approximately 30,000 fans had already left the premises.
Bosox rookie Michael Chavis had four hits in the game, including his fifth and sixth homers and second double, pushing him to 11 total bases in the game. Both homers were hit with two outs.
The White Sox committed three errors in the game, two on fielding and throwing miscues by Abreu, one on a throw from José Rondón.
Two White Sox relievers, Fulmer and José Ruiz, were optioned to Charlotte after the game.
Ryan Burr might come back off of the IL to take one of the open bullpen spots. Caleb Frare could get a call-back. Or, the White Sox could stop this charade that they feature major league pitchers capable of at least partially-masticating innings on the roster and bring up someone capable of longer bouts of shelling, like Jordan Stephens, Jordan Guerrero or Spencer Adams.
The White Sox held one lead in the game, 1-0, after Abreu singled in García in the bottom of the first.
The White Sox also have one chance, tomorrow, to salvage a split of the series — a fairly ludicrous notion given they’ve been outscored 21-3 in the past two losses — tomorrow afternoon. Dylan Covey starts in what the White Sox are considering a “bullpen game” given that Covey is not stretched out to start.