Happy Kopech Evening!
How we feel during every Michael Kopech start: pic.twitter.com/5lzPnI2DIy— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 15, 2021
White Sox offense kicked off with a two-out, ground-rule double by Yoán Moncada in the first. Yermín Mercedes was rung up on a third strike that wasn’t quite a strike. Having yet to see Tony show signs of life (by like, yelling at an umpire or something about a shitty call), friend of the blog @SavesTuesday created a new stat for us to use for just such an occasion when I am trying to determine how many ejections our skipper has:
That’s low, but his .xEJCT (Expected Ejected Stat) is much closer to 303.— Dick the Knife (@SavesTuesday) May 15, 2021
I felt dirty typing that one.
The bottom of the second is where the offense really started for the White Sox, when Adam Eaton kicked things off with a double and Andrew Vaughn homered for the second time in three days (he just had to get that first one out of the way), putting the White Sox up, 2-0.
That was the end of Jakob Junis’s day, and Mike Matheny went to his bullpen, assuming that because he didn’t use them in the opener that they would be very good in the nightcap. Tyler Zuber and his 5.40 ERA came to face the music. He managed to load the bases before Matheny swapped him out for Jake Brentz, who promptly walked in a run. Lucky for the Royals, Mercedes struck out and the White Sox scoring stopped for the night at 3-0.
Carlos Santana saved the Royals from a shutout with a two-out home run at the top of the third, bringing the score to 3-1. The Royals kept thinking about trying to score, but never really sealing the deal, by stranding runners at various points in the night.
One of the keys to the White Sox’s success tonight was forcing Matheny to go to the bullpen early on in the game. The Royals bullpen has been shaky on a good day, and control has not been there across the board. Certified Baseball Genius™ Mike Matheny ended up burning through five relievers tonight with two more games left in the series, which is a really great idea when your bullpen already sucks.
With solid outings from Aaron Bummer and Liam Hendriks, the White Sox revenge nightcap was complete. It was a short one, but a win is a win in my book.
Random In-Game Thoughts
- It’s stupid that MLB won’t recognize a seven inning doubleheader no-hitter as an official no-hitter.
- Andrew Vaughn: Utility Player?
- Someone yelled “Got a babysitter until 8!” at Brentz. It was 8:30.
- I don’t know why everyone hates walks. Isn’t the goal to get on base and then score? Does it really matter HOW they got there?
- A delightful heckler was getting picked up by the NBC Sports microphones, and honestly I love a good heckle. My favorite was yelling that someone bunted wrong.
Random White Sox Twitter Roundup
I am a HUGE fan of the white Sox wearing no hats. very clean look pic.twitter.com/rzATkM4yyY— Wet Bandit (@Wet_Bandit_) May 15, 2021
#3SoxPositives— Larrold of Boa (@Larry_Boa) May 15, 2021
1) Andrew Vaughn with big 2 run home run to provide the winning margin and great defense at his old position.
2) Kopech strong through 4 innings.
3) 3 shutout innings for the meat of the bullpen.
Is Aaron Bummer back? pic.twitter.com/uIKSSa03wY— Geriatric Millennial Sox Fan (@MillennialSox) May 15, 2021
"He gets on base. Do I care if it's a walk or a hit?...." "Pete....?"— Bill McCabe (@BillMcCabe) May 15, 2021
"He does not....:" #WhiteSox
How many pitches does a pitcher REALLY throw during a starting day? Let’s say he throws 100 during the actual game. Add in pre-game bullpen and the between inning pitches, that total has to be up there.— Dick the Knife (@SavesTuesday) May 14, 2021
Sorry, these are the things I think of while at a game alone.