Welcome to balmy Houston! Nothing says “I hope my deodorant works” like Houston in June. Luckily they closed the dome, and probably turned on the a/c.
Just having a little fun out here ️ pic.twitter.com/LtRnxXg28D— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) June 17, 2021
The White Sox were due for a dud game like this, and they delivered in full, so let’s get this over with.
The first inning was off to a rough start for our White Sox. Three up and three down in the top of the first brought Dylan Cease in for his first appearance in Minute Maid Park. Jose Altuve kicked things off with a single to Tim Anderson who made a throw that looked like Altuve was out but the ump called him safe. Next came Chas McCormick, who reached first on a fielder’s choice error (welcome back, Moncada). So with two on and no one out, Michael Brantley ripped a three-run home run and the Astros took a quick 3-0 lead.
Things were peaceful up until the bottom of the fourth, when the wheels kind of fell off. Yuli Gurriel walked and Yordan Alvarez was hit by a pitch, followed by Carlos Correa with a ground-rule double to score Gurriel. Abraham Toro singled to right to score Alvarez, and the Astros were up big. After walking Jason Castro, Cease was done for the night, and Zack Burdi came in for the first time since April 19. A sac fly tacked out another run (7-0, woof) but Burdi was able to get out of the inning without any more damage.
White Sox managed to break the shutout in the top of the sixth. Brian Goodwin doubled to get things started, and Adam Engel hit a two-out dart to left to score him. A walk to Yoán Moncada moved Engel to second and a single to right brought Engel around to score, making it 7-2. That was the end of the White Sox scoring for the inning.
A home run by Altuve at the bottom of the sixth brought the score to 8-2. Abraham Toro hit a two-run home run off of Matt Foster in the bottom of the seventh, bringing things to 10-2. At this point, I was ready for the game to be over, as I’m sure everyone else was too.
Nothing else happened, luckily, and the terrible game ended, 10-2.
Tweets for when the game goes sideways
“The White Sox channeled their inner Astros by delivering a trash performance.”— Dick the Knife (@SavesTuesday) June 18, 2021
Great catch by Andrew Vaughn at the wall.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) June 18, 2021
A little revenge against Michael Brantley, White Sox Killer. It actually says that on his driver's license.
me to the shrimp man on the astros lol pic.twitter.com/1oeh25s7Us— delia catherine is fully vaxxed (@deestweets23) June 18, 2021
Why is baseball— Sunscreen Application Technician (@Lesley_NOPE) June 18, 2021
"White Sox make bold stand by following ERCOT power saving guidelines in solidarity with residents of the state of Texas."— WhiteSoxTwitt3r (@SoxTwitt3r) June 18, 2021
On the bright side: at least we aren’t the Diamondbacks:
SOURCE: The Arizona Diamondbacks have called up the Reno Aces from AAA. Yes, all of them.— Ned2point0 (@Ned2point0) June 17, 2021
Random thoughts during the game
- Gordon Beckham stepping in for Steve Stone this weekend is kinda weird. I hope Stoney briefed him on the #SoxFiles guesses.
- Am I the only one who still calls it the Astrodome?
- In “No Kidding” news, outfield walls that are not padded are not soft. Jason and Gordon covered this for far too long.
- Congrats to our own Joe Resis for winning another round of Sox Math!
- What’s the point of the train in the outfield?
Bounce over to Six Pack of Stats to see how Chrystal O’Keefe manages to shake this out. I’ll be back with the recap tomorrow, so get your rest and think of funny things to tweet at me if the game goes sideways.