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White Sox-Tigers doubleheader rained out

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The nightcap is outright cancelled, reducing this season to 161 games

MLB: Game Two-Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Look at it this way, the chances of reaching 90 losses is significantly reduced.

With the postponement of Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader and the outright cancellation of the nightcap, the White Sox season is now reduced to 161 games.

Tomorrow, the two teams will tip off in a straight doubleheader, beginning at 2:40 p.m. Here’s the full release from the team:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 27, 2019

TODAY’S WHITE SOX-TIGERS DOUBLEHEADER POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN;

STRAIGHT DOUBLEHEADER SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW STARTING AT 2:40

CHICAGO – Today’s doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers has been postponed due to rain. The clubs will play a straight doubleheader tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, beginning at 2:40 p.m. CT.

Only one of today’s games will be made up as part of tomorrow’s doubleheader, while the single, regularly-scheduled game will be played on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. Both teams now will be scheduled to play 161 games in the 2019 season.

Fans with game tickets, parking coupons and Huntington Bank Stadium Club passes to tomorrow night’s originally scheduled 6:10 p.m. game can attend both games with their ticket and parking pass. Parking lots will open at 1 p.m and gates at 2 p.m. The first 10,000 fans entering the ballpark prior to tomorrow’s 2:40 p.m. start will receive the Irish flat cap giveaway presented by The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade as part of “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.”

Fans with game tickets, parking coupons and Huntington Bank Stadium Club passes for today’s doubleheader (September 27) have the option of attending tomorrow’s games by exchanging their tickets at the box office prior to entry. Fans also can apply the value of their September 27 tickets, parking coupons and stadium club passes to any future regular season White Sox home game, including the 2020 season, even if they entered the ballpark for today’s game. All exchanges must be done at the Guaranteed Rate Field box office during regular business hours.

NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast Game 1, and WGN-TV Channel 9 will air Game 2, marking the network’s final broadcast of White Sox baseball. WGN Radio 720-AM and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio will broadcast both games.

Tickets for tomorrow’s doubleheader and Sunday’s final White Sox game of the season are available at whitesox.com, loswhitesox.com, the Guaranteed Rate Field ticket office or by calling (312) 674-1000.

For more information, visit whitesox.com, loswhitesox.com and follow the White Sox on Twitter (@WhiteSox) and Facebook.

Having already reached the 70-win plateau with last night’s mauling of Cleveland, the remainder of the season was more about avoiding 90 losses. If the White Sox can win two of the remaining three games against the 112-loss Tigers, they will avoid hitting that milestone.

(Fun fact: Per @SoxNerd, tonight’s game represented the most losses, 112, for a White Sox opponent in franchise history. Impressive, Detroit.)

With a .443 winning percentage presently, the 2019 White Sox are currently the 24th-worst team in franchise history. Here’s how the franchise annals will rank the White Sox, depending on how they finish the season:

  • 3-0 yields a 73-88 record, for a .453 winning percentage, 32nd-worst of all time
  • 2-1 yields a 72-89 record, for a .447 winning percentage, 30th-worst of all time
  • 1-2 yields a 71-90 record, for a .441 winning percentage, a dead tie with the 1978 White Sox for 23rd-worst of all time
  • 0-3 yields a 70-91 record, for a .435 winning percentage, 19th-worst of all time

The ballgame itself got off to a drizzly start and never saw the precipitation abate. Detroit led, 4-2, with the White Sox batting in the bottom of the fourth. That Sox half saw James McCann walk on five pitches and Yolmer Sánchez take three balls before the tarps came rolling in.

Chicago’s runs scored in the bottom of the second on a Ryan Cordell double, giving the home club a brief, 2-1 lead. With runners on second and third and one out, the White Sox could cash in no ruther, with Leury García tapping out to third and Tim Anderson hitting a nibbler back to first.

Carson Fulmer got the TBA start in the opener, and went 2 ⅔ innings yielding three earned on three hits. Good news for him, that the game got banged: His ERA swelled to 6.60. But he still has time; unless the rains menace the entire weekend, Fulmer may yet pitch again this season.

Still, trap this non-game in amber, before it is wiped away: The White Sox struck out just once, and walked TWICE! Wooooo!