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Well, the first two innings went fine

Sox lose to Yanks by a TD, 10-3

Early highlights: The pregame Father’s Day festivities were fun. The game, not so much,
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Before you could say Odrisamer Despaigne, the new Chicago White Sox starter had given up a couple of cheap singles to start the game, but then he cruised through the next six batters, including four strikeouts. It didn’t hurt that the New York Yankees were mostly playing their second string.

Meanwhile, José Abreu scalded one into the bullpen:


Mark it 103.5 mph. 366 feet, on a line.

The Sox ran into a little bad luck, or maybe bad hustle, in the second. After a Yoán Moncada walk, Welington Castillo hit a double that he stretched into a single, ostensibly because he hurt his back, though it looked like he hurt it while admiring his work. Yolmer Sánchez then lashed what would have been a single up the middle, but the ball took a crazy hop off the mound to shortstop for a double play that wouldn’t have existed if Castillo had run out the double.

Castillo was pulled from the game, with his back to be checked tomorrow. To double the injury pain, Moncada had a recurrence of the back problems that had sidelined him most of the week, and he also left the game.

Unfortunately, baseball games last more than two innings. In the third, a combo of Despaigne loss of control and a second time through the order created disaster. Things started off well enough, when Cameron Maybin was caught stealing after a leadoff single. But three walks and four hits later, the Yankees were up, 5-1.

Things went downhill from there. For some reason, Ricky Renteria left Despaigne in despite an off-day tomorrow, so the shaky starter gave up two more in the fifth on an Austin Romine double. The Sox gave the Yanks backup catcher a nifty Father’s Day — he came into the game with 11 RBIs and ended with 15.

The White Sox offense managed an RBI single from James McCann in the fifth, then a McCann solo HR in the eighth, 106.5 MPH and 418 feet worth:

Meanwhile, the Yanks kept pecking away, getting one run each off José Ruiz, Aaron Bummer (first HR he gave up this year, to Maybin, who only had one homer on the year before hitting one yesterday) and Thyago Vieira before Alex Colomé got a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth.

Not everybody had a terrible day. Abreu ended up with three hits, McCann had the two RBIs, and José Rondón had a remarkable triple-dribble catch on what should have been an easy foul pop-up. Too bad no one seems to have recorded the catch for posterity, but at least it was a moment of fun on an otherwise dreary day, baseball-wise.

Oh yes, the Sox went back to their old BB/K ratio evils — two walks vs. 10 Ks, three of those by Eloy Jiménez.

After the game, the White Sox sent reliever Thyago Vieira back down to Charlotte, promising a move to be announced on Tuesday. And just as that news trickled out, a whopper of a move was leaked, apparently by Zack Collins himself given the initial source:

This would seem to telegraph a return to the IL for Castillo, so a companion move to get another pitcher on the staff replacing Vieira is TBD.

The loss sends the Sox back to two games worse than .500. After a day off tomorrow, it’s a short trek up to the north side for two night games against That Other Team, starting what will be a very challenging road trip that includes the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.