Sunday’s game was tied 2-2 at the top of the eighth inning. After a J.D. Martinez line out to Ryan Cordell, the tone of the game changed for the worst ...
But before I cover the ugly, let’s talk about the good.
Dylan Covey had a solid outing for the Good Guys. He went 4 2⁄3 innings with five hits, three walks, two strikeouts, but only two runs allowed.
The White Sox had a fantastic 4-6-3 double play to end the second inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Tim Anderson had a bloop single to center field, ending his three-game hitting drought. He even went on to steal a base, and is now 11-for-11.
Cordell hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. At that point, the Sox were trailing 2-1.
Ryan Cordell goes deep to straight-away center for his third home run of the season! pic.twitter.com/ugsuTKPBUd— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 5, 2019
The next inning, José Abreu followed with a solo homer of his own. It tied the game 2-2, and Abreu tied Bill Melton for eighth place on the White Sox all-time home run list.
José Abreu launches his 8th home run of the year and the 154th of his career, tying him with Bill Melton at 8th on the franchise home run leaderboard! pic.twitter.com/90hvMqcx5x— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 5, 2019
As for the Boston Red Sox, Mitch Moreland scored Rafael Devers on a single to center field in the second inning, and Martinez singled home Jackie Bradley Jr. in the fifth to account for their runs.
The game was pitched well by the White Sox, and the Red Sox didn’t hit their way onto the scoreboard ... until one out into the eighth inning.
Devers singled to Nicky Delmonico. Delmonico ran to the ball quickly and threw it back to the infield to save an extra-base hit. But Anderson overthrew Abreu (trying to catch Devers taking too aggressive a turn around first base), and Abreu threw to short center field. As a result, Devers made his way to third base.
With several walks, hits, and a substitution later, the score was 4-2. Kelvin Herrera was taken out of the game due to back stiffness two outs into the inning.
Having just been recalled from Charlotte, Caleb Frare was brought in to replace Herrera. Frare walked the only man he faced: Andrew Benintendi.
Juan Minaya, joining Frare on this morning’s plane ride to Chicago, was welcomed to a two-out, bases loaded jam. Xander Bogaerts, hitless to that point, made his one and only hit count: A grand slam to put the game out of reach for the White Sox.
Yes, MLB, that did escalate quickly.
The man who started the inning, Martinez, struck out to end it. Retiring Martinez once in an inning means that the pitching did well. Retiring him twice in an inning? Something must have gone awry. And it did.
The White Sox did have a little troubling a-brewing in the bottom of the ninth after a wild pitch strikeout to Welington Castillo and a hit-by-pitch to Yolmer Sánchez. Ultimately, that did not matter as the Red Sox went on to finish off the game and take a 3-1 series win.
After the game, the White Sox announced that following:
With Adam Engel on his way to Charlotte, is it time for Charlie Tilson to get another shot at the bigs? I hope so; he does wear my No. 22.
As for Frare, it’s still too soon for Thyago Vieira or Carson Fulmer to return, so is Ryan Burr coming off of the IL? Colton Turner, lefty-for-lefty? Matt Foster? One of the starters, like Jordan Stephens, Jordan Guerrero or Spencer Adams? We’ll see.
To end on a positive note, the White Sox did have a winning homestand at 5-4. After Friday’s heroics, it seemed that this record would be a bit better after today; however, we look to a seven-day road trip to right the three-game losing streak.
The White Sox travel to Cleveland for a 5:10 p.m. CT game start. Iván Nova (0-3, 8.33 ERA) is set to battle against Cleveland’s ace, Trevor Bauer (4-1, 2.45 ERA). The game is being broadcasted by NBC Sports Chicago and will be on WGN-AM radio.