About the best thing you can say about today’s 10-5 Chicago White Sox loss was that they forced the Minnesota Twins to beat them by via a thousand paper cuts. Ha-ha, you Bomba Boys getting a little weak in the biceps?
Oh, the Twins still had three homers? OK. But ... they were solo shots! And the White Sox were already down 6-0 zip ... in the third inning ... when the first was clobbered (one of two from Jake Cave).
It was Dylan Cease’s first truly disastrous start as a major leaguer, bounced out of the game in the third inning without recording an out: two innings, 10 hits, eight earned, a walk, a wild pitch, three Ks and two homers. His ERA now stands at 6.92, and we’ve entered the “he may be tipping his pitches” phase of a rocky rookie year.
Less than a minute in, there it is:
So, Ham, was there anything good about this miserable game, aside from the White Sox getting out of town before they’re run out? Sure, there was.
José Abreu collected four hits, two doubles among them, raising his numbers to a .284 batting average and .826 OPS.
The bullpen (Josh Osich, Jimmy Cordero, Jace Fry and Hector Santiago threw seven innings and, all told, were very decent, surrendering six hits, two earned, four walks, nine Ks and a homer.
Did I say the White Sox were heading out of town for awhile? And that even after this loss, the club is still on pace to lose fewer than 90 games (89, yeah, so what)?
It’s the South Siders against the Tomahawk Chop idiots down in Atlanta tomorrow night, 6:20, Iván Nova on the bump.