The Out of the Park sim we started at South Side Sox is running over with Brett and his team at South Side Hit Pen — Sports Illustrated.
And for those of you who might not have seen it over there, there’s a long Q&A with Bart Johnson, who passed away on Wednesday, running at SSHP.
The White Sox suffered ugly walk-offs in two sims, but, thank goodness, Luis Robert went ham for the SSHP White Sox.
Baseball-Reference OOTP sim
Final Angels 11, White Sox 8
Winning Pitcher Noe Ramírez (3-0)
Losing Pitcher Aaron Bummer (0-1)
HRs Eloy Jiménez 2 (4.5), Yoán Moncada 2 (8,9), Luis Robert (2), Mike Trout (7), Justin Upton (8)
Standings 18-9, second place, half-game behind Cleveland, tied for third-best record in baseball
So ugly. The White Sox led, 8-7, heading into the ninth, with Bummer coming on for his seventh save. But a walk-single-walk filled the bases with no one out — and Trout at the plate. Oh, it gets worse. Trout tapped back to Bummer, who forced a run at home. Next, Shohei Ohtani ran the count full before looking at strike three, and it seemed that maybe, just maybe the miracle April White Sox would taste their 19th win. Bummer went full to Upton, but unfortunately Upton crushed the payoff pitch out of the park for the cruelest of walk-offs — the walk-off grand slam.
Oh, crap, also terrible but easy to overlook because the White Sox got him off the hook for the loss, but Michael Kopech was meltdown-atrocious in his first start of the season, giving up seven earned and four walks in just two-thirds of an inning, for a game score of 4. And that’s a 94.50 ERA, for those of you calculating at home.
South Side Hit Pen OOTP sim
Final White Sox 8, Angels 5
Winning Pitcher Reynaldo López (2-0)
Losing Pitcher Julio Teheran (2-2)
Save Alex Colomé (4)
HRs Luis Robert 2 (5,6), Leury García (3), Tommy LaStella (4)
Standings 14-13, third place, three games behind Minnesota, 13th-best in the majors
This game started and finished with Luis Robert, who hit a two-out grand slam in the first inning (431 feet), then chased that with a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the sixth that looked almost impossibly easy. Colomé needed just three pitches to vulture his fourth save of the season, and his ERA remains 0.00.
Final Angels 7, White Sox 5 (14 innings)
Winning Pitcher Ryan Buchter (1-0)
Losing Pitcher Ian Hamilton (0-1)
HRs Luis Robert (6), Edwin Encarnación 2 (5,6), Mike Trout (8), Anthony Rendon (6), Matt Thaiss (1)
Standings 11-16, fourth place, six games behind Kansas City, eighth-worst record in baseball
The Angels rallied for two runs off of Alex Colomé in the bottom of the ninth, the closer’s first blown save of the season. Things stayed deadlocked until the 14th, when Thaiss kicked off the action with a leadoff walk. One out later, Ian Hamilton served a walk-off homer to Trout.