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White Sox 4, Red Sox 3: Nice Start to the Laundry Day Series

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A parade of relievers and some other things

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox
Carlos Rodón’s velo was down, but hey, it’s September. The key number? One run.
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First things first: I’d like to think Dahlia for giving me a great headline idea:

Carlos Rodón was back in action tonight against the Red Sox. He had a nice 1-2-3 inning to start things off for the Good Sox in the first and second.

And then, so did Tanner Houck. The White Sox seemed to have briefly forgotten that Houck hadn’t won a game all season.

The first hit of the game came as a leadoff single at the top of the third by Christian Vázquez, breaking up the perfect game/no hitter that was going on. In an attempt to steal second, Vázquez made it to third on a wild pitch/throwing error sequence by Rodón and Yasmani Grandal that sent the ball into right field. Luckily, Rodón got out of the jam quickly and ended the inning without Vázquez scoring.

The White Sox finally got a hit, courtesy of Yoán Moncada at the bottom of the third. César Hernández, having walked, moved to second, so with two outs José Abreu was up to bat. Abreu smashed a home run, bringing in Moncada and Hernández and giving the White Sox a 3-0 lead.

Eloy Jiménez came up and singled to left, followed by Grandal getting a HBP, and it looked like a big, crooked number was in sight. Unfortunately Jiménez got caught on a secondary lead from second and was tagged out.

Later, a single by Luis Robert to right brought Gavin Sheets around to score, bringing things up to 4-0. After Darwinzon Hernandez relieved Houck, quickly facing Abreu with the sacks packed. Pito grounded out, much to Alex Cora’s relief.

In the top of the fifth Rodón suffered his only damage of the game, a homer from Bobby Dalbec that put the Red Sox on the board, 4-1. Michael Kopech came in for the top of the sixth and Rodón’s night was over. All in all, not too shabby:

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Kopech got a couple big outs in Kikè Hernández and Kyle Schwarber, but walked Hunter Renfroe. A single by Boegarts brought the tying run to the plate in Rafael Devers. That knocked Kopech out of the box, but Aaron Bummer was brought and was able to close out the inning.

Ryan Tepera came in at the top of the seventh, with the Red Sox quickly closing to 4-3, starting with a Brian Goodwin misread hit down the right-field line that gave Dalbec a triple. A couple of singles pushed two runs in, but Tepera and Garrett Crochet stemmed the damage and preserved the lead, which Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks held to close out the game.

Other things

  • Something that will not stop being funny is how much Kyle Schwarber was booed upon coming up to bat.
  • The ball that Goodwin missed that resulted in the Dalbec triple had a xBA of .070, but your eyes weren’t lying to you as you watched it on TV — it was not an easy play to make.
  • Some truly wild stuff happened during the Blue Jays/Orioles game, including but not limited to Brandon Hyde shouting NSFW things at Robbie Ray and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. getting a full-on body check by Fernando Abada.

Good night, y’all. Jacki Krestel and her colorful scorecard will be here to see you tomorrow, for Game 2 of the Laundry Series.


Poll

The White Sox held on for a slim win over the Red Sox. Who was our MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    José Abreu: 1-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K, 7 LOB, .213 WPA
    (49 votes)
  • 56%
    Carlos Rodón: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 7 K, HR, WP, WIN, .188 WPA
    (65 votes)
  • 0%
    Liam Hendriks: IP, H, SAVE, .164 WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Craig Kimbrel: IP, BB, 2 K, HOLD, .121 WPA
    (1 vote)
115 votes total Vote Now

Poll

The White Sox held on for a slim win over the Red Sox. Things got a little tight, so who was Chicago’s Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Ryan Tepera: 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, WP, -.151 WPA
    (52 votes)
  • 26%
    Eloy Jiménez: 1-for-4, 2 K, 2 LOB, picked off of 2B, -.075 WPA
    (25 votes)
  • 15%
    Leury García: 0-for-4, 2 LOB, -.050 WPA
    (15 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Robert: 1-for-5, RBI, K, 4 LOB, -.034 WPA
    (2 votes)
94 votes total Vote Now

South Side Sox Roll Call

In a robust, 317-comment gamethread, 1969Vikings cruised to an easy win, with 58 comments.


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