It was bound to happen some time, but Saturday was the day that Chicago’s cardiac kid approach this spring fell short — 7-6 to the Texas Rangers.
The White Sox actually did rally to take a 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth, but this time around, the bullpen couldn’t make the margin stand. A single-double-single smattering among two outs off of José Ruiz tied the game in the eighth, and a leadoff homer in the ninth by Blake Swihart off of Bryan Mitchell sealed the win for Texas.
But hey, how about we take some looks at some sexy Sox stuff? Eloy Jiménez’s home run in the second inning, with professional (Texas) radio call first, footage from the stands by our Sean Williams second.
Eloy Jimenez is flexing his muscles early. He goes the opposite way for a two-run bomb #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/PPqBjPGQMa— Sean Williams (@Sean_W10) February 29, 2020
And now, hey, how about some Luis Robert action? Without saying it, the Rangers radio team is likening this to a Dick Allen or Frank Thomas screamer:
Have a day, Luis Robert! He sends a missile out of here for a solo shot, giving the #WhiteSox a 3-2 lead. Robert is 2-2 in this one. pic.twitter.com/lK0XxA6jVc— Sean Williams (@Sean_W10) February 29, 2020
All in all, it wasn’t a bad day for the White Sox. The hitting was solid, and the lineup kept it under 10 Ks (barely: nine). Four White Sox pitchers (starter Drew Anderson, Tyler Johnson, Mitchell and Ruiz) got touched up, but three had very solid outings: Adalberto Mejía with 3 Ks in 1 ⅓, Tanner Banks with a hit and a K in an inning, and PHEW! Carson Fulmer with 2 Ks over 1 ⅔ innings.
Some other miscellany, courtesy of Sean and another of our staffers, Kim Contreras:
Nice two strike hitting by Yoan Moncada here. He pokes one into left center for a single #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/ngwLP2mH5l— Sean Williams (@Sean_W10) February 29, 2020
Andrew Vaughn singles with two strikes in his first AB of the afternoon. The #WhiteSox 2019 first rounder just continues to hit in his first Spring Training. pic.twitter.com/ysNI9jQ4RU— Sean Williams (@Sean_W10) February 29, 2020
And it's a 3-run #BruggyBlast by @bruggy4 that puts the Sox up by 2 in the top of the 8th!#WhiteSox #Rangers pic.twitter.com/Pf7SLfWBvW— Kim (@FireLeagueKim) February 29, 2020
Too bad these guys don't have any fun #Eloy #Robert #Engel pic.twitter.com/C81K86MTGS— Kim (@FireLeagueKim) February 29, 2020
Who was the MVP of today’s 7-6 loss to the Rangers?
This poll is closed
Jaycob Brugman (1-for-1, pinch-hit three-run homer)
Eloy Jiménez (1-for-3, two-run homer, K)
Adalberto Mejía (1 ⅓ IP, 3 Ks)
Daniel Palka (1-for-2, R, BB, SB)
Luis Robert (2-for-3, HR, SB, K)
Tomorrow, the White Sox head down to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on the Angels at 2:10 CT. No broadcast for the White Sox, but the Angels have it on TV and radio, if that’s worth anything to you. Year of the Hamster takes our coverage, and Joe Resis is on the case for SSHP.