Welcome back, folks. Yesterday’s loss was disappointing, sure, but do you know what day today is?
I’m here writing live from the Champaign Field Office (aka Aspen Tap House, where Manager Matt made sure every White Sox game would be televised), and a decent crowd of White Sox fans have assembled, many “working from home.”
The boys are looking sharp, dressed in their road grays to make a statement.
Asserting our dominance with the road grays I see— The Smell of Grilled Onions (@SoxGrilledOnion) October 8, 2021
The announcers noticed it too, but maybe tried a little too hard to be cool about it.
Just once, I'd love for an announcer to talk about Tim Anderson without using the word swag.— Tommy Barbee (@KindaBleu) October 8, 2021
Luis jump-started the offense with a single from the 2-hole (where he should probably always be hitting from).
La Pantera is a bad, bad man.— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) October 8, 2021
This was quickly followed by a single from Abreu (who apparently is one of only two stars on our team?).
According to this broadcast, the only, “stars,” on the White Sox are Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu whereas the Astros have a, “whole team full of them.”— Everley’s Dad (@Mr_Jay369) October 8, 2021
Grandal then loaded the bases with a questionable HBP, but hey, we’ll take it.
The Sox struck first with an RBI single from Eloy. It was magnificent. Unfortunately, Wheels Grandal couldn’t make it to second base on time, but he gave a great effort.
Close enough to a grand slam— Cheap Seats Pod (HUGE White Sox playoff guy) (@cheapbbpodcast) October 8, 2021
We probably should have scored more there, but things were looking up. Fans were getting confident, perhaps, too confident.
If Gio has a scoreless first put your entire life savings on the White Sox today.— Pirates of the Carribbean (@PCarribbean) October 8, 2021
Gio started off strong, striking out the side.
This does not look like 2018 Lucas Giolito.— Larry Skywalker (@ihave5broats) October 8, 2021
PLAYOFF GIOLITO LOOKING LETHAL— TA7ForManager (@chisoxsam) October 8, 2021
Gio striking out the side inject it into my veins— Liddle Tina (@liddle_ktina) October 8, 2021
Framber Valdez returned the favor, though, striking out our side (but our side was Andrew Vaughn, Leury, and Engel).
guys. he struck out our 789. gio struck out there 123. theres levels.— sam #beatthecheaters (@samthesoxfan) October 8, 2021
And then ... the unthinkable happened. If you didn’t already hate the Astros, you can hate them now for their mud pit of a field attacking Yoán Moncada, who slid into the wall from several feet away chasing a foul ball. He got up though, because he is our king.
We are all Eloy cleaning dirt off of Moncada right now.— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) October 8, 2021
Don’t take Moncada, Take me.— BeefLoaf (@MrDelicious13) October 8, 2021
Then things continued to fall apart, with Gio issuing two walks that resulted in a Kyle Tucker RBI to make it a 1-1 game.
I am in pain— Ali White Claw (@aliwhitesox) October 8, 2021
A sac fly then took it to 2-1.
And another walk scores.— Sammy Davis Jr. 5000 (@SDJ5K) October 8, 2021
Like will the white sox supply us with a group therapy session pls?!— jac (@biebergotswaggy) October 8, 2021
Honestly, great question jac.
I’ve never felt calm in my life and I don’t think today is the day to start— Roxy but Spooky (@Roxy__Virginia) October 8, 2021
This happened, though.
Sox get back to bidness with Anderson leadoff single and Luis Robert walk. Robert has been on base all six times up this series.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) October 8, 2021
We’re scoring zero runs this inning— x-father eloy(93-69) kick rocks ho (@eloysredgloves) October 8, 2021
Sadly, that was true.
good freaking lord that was horrible— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) October 8, 2021
There was no way the White Sox were going to escape 1st and 2nd, no one out, Abreu and Grandal coming up, without double play.
doesn't make it any easier to watch
The next inning started with two hits, but, fortunately, Janice took over managerial duties and we got out of it.
you see I give good advice https://t.co/PIAM3PEtjr— giannis antetoscurio (@scuriiosa) October 8, 2021
Better score some runs or I’m gonna start talking off-season free agency targets pretty soon.— Scotty Flemdawg (@flemdawg97) October 8, 2021
We didn’t score runs, though. No one was feeling good. The crowd at the Champaign Field Office was all dejected, staring at their phones in pain.
Opinions ran the spectrum.
None of it really matters though without some offense.
prayer circle— Roxy but Spooky (@Roxy__Virginia) October 8, 2021
Special shout out to my mans, Leury García, for his leadoff hit. I love you. It’s not creepy.
Leury smiling even though he was only one in house who didn't see Bregman spike that throw. Leury always smiling.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) October 8, 2021
Imagine kissing Luis Robert.— Unprotected_Sox (@SoxUnprotected) October 8, 2021
Luis Robert's take of that first-pitch breaking ball is really good sign, for him and for the team.— Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) October 8, 2021
Tie ball game! Also, I miss you Jason. I need you, Jason.
And that’s a wrap for Valdez.
Valdez ending with 69 pitches?— Roxy but Spooky (@Roxy__Virginia) October 8, 2021
It’s bullpen time, baby.
MVPito— Chrystal O’Keefe (@chrystal_ok) October 8, 2021
And the Sox have one again taken the lead!
Build Jose a statue and put it directly on top of the NASA control center, @BrianKnights3.— Bennett Karoll (@thebennettk) October 8, 2021
Let José run space, dammit.
Oh yeah, why do we like Yaz (hint, it’s not for walking this time)?
THE SAC FLY LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— Whatshamidt (@Whatshamidt) October 8, 2021
A 4-2 lead, folks.
Lucas out to start the 5th. First major decision by La Russa...— Larrold of Boa (@Larry_Boa) October 8, 2021
Let’s see how this goes.
Giolito issues walks to two of the first three Stros in the bottom of the fifth, and he's out of this one.— Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) October 8, 2021
Garrett Crochet steps into a two-on, one-out jam with Yordan Álvarez at the dish.
It didn’t get better.
Gurriel singles into center. Astros tie it up and the pressure is still on. 4-4 in the 5th.— Connor McKnight (@C1McKnight) October 8, 2021
I need a cigarette. And I don’t smoke— Steve Morck (@YourBoyStove) October 8, 2021
Holy shit, a brilliant 5-3 double play + Pito pick!— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) October 8, 2021
BUCK: "surprised they didn't go to second there, but they got away with it"
Costas says Houston takes the lead, then has to correct himself.
This broadcast kicks ass!
My brain is broken. I can't understand the thought process having Giolito start that fifth inning when walks were becoming an issue.— Josh Nelson (@soxmachine_josh) October 8, 2021
and going to Crochet.
Giolito and Crochet have to pitch better, but as manager, you have to put the best guys on the mound for your team.
Anyway ... go BrewCrew!!
In the top of the sixth, Elroy Jíminez made a great play for the White Sox. I’m not sure when we acquired Elroy, but I’m glad we did.
Who is Elroy Jiménez?— Chrystal O’Keefe (@chrystal_ok) October 8, 2021
Tepera pitched well and made a great defensive play, with an assist by the Legend. Honestly, Tepera’s only flaw is that he ever played for the Cubs.
Great throw by Leury too, way to keep your footing there— Roxy but Spooky (@Roxy__Virginia) October 8, 2021
César pinch hit for Engel, and it did not go well. Anderson struck out as well, but Luis didn’t. Obviously.
calling it now, Luis is putting one off the Thome plaque in center, or on the party patio itself, for the Blackout Redux on Sunday— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) October 8, 2021
The tie was almost broken up on a Grandal hit to right, but good fielding prevailed.
Bob Costas made a Bummer joke. This is how we felt about it:
ahahahahah im going to become the joker— ™️ (@likedemolition) October 8, 2021
The defense struggled, giving up a run after three ground balls past the nonexistent shift.
Truly questionable decision making in this game. Like Renteria Game 3 level questionable, and I thought the whole reason Tony was hired was to manage in the postseason?— Rob MackOwiak (courageous robot) (@OwiakRob) October 8, 2021
I’m blessedx4 by your logic, Sam.
Despair. Despair everywhere.
Sunday is a blackout game because we are all attending the White Sox funeral— Ali White Claw (@aliwhitesox) October 8, 2021
Madrigal would never give up a home run like that— John (@wsoxjohn) October 8, 2021
Is Gavin Sheets dead?— Rob MackOwiak (courageous robot) (@OwiakRob) October 8, 2021
Am I dead?
On a positive note:
Liam looked good— Soxtober Truther (@SamR33v3s) October 8, 2021
If Liam pitches well enough, does it count for negative runs?
Narrator: It doesn’t count for negative runs.
Well, that’s all till Sunday, folks. I wish I had more to say, but the game speaks for itself. Bad managing and bad defense prevailed. Catch the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Finals on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Go Brewers— colleen is tipping pitches (@colleensullivan) October 8, 2021