Well that did not start ideally for the White Sox. Following a three-up, three-down inning for the top of our order, Cleveland attacked early putting up two in the bottom of the first off of a kind-of double from Myles Straw and a home run from the reigning AL MVP-runner-up. [Insert every Tweet asking, once again, why we are pitching to José Ramírez?].
In the top of the second, the White Sox got runners on base early but as has been a consistent problem all year, couldn’t score. In the bottom of the second, we got a deep dive into Lucas Giolito’s pitching mechanics as Lance Lynn faced three batters. Though Harold Ramirez reached first on an error by Yoán Moncada, Lynn struck out Bradley Zimmer and then Austin Hedges grounded into a double play to end the inning.
sigh Will we ever score? Will we ever get a hit?
No, not in the third, at least. But Cleveland scored again on an Andres Gimenez home run, his fifth of the season. And since I really have nothing good to report I will share this funny Tweet I saw earlier:
If white sox nicknames could only be the same letters in the name, just rearranged:— Jay Cuda (@JayCuda) September 25, 2021
Brian Goodwin-Rainbow Dong
Andrew Vaughn-Handgun Waver
Carlos Rodon-Racoon's Lord
Yoan Moncada-Canada Moon
Luis Robert-Sir Trouble
Liam Hendriks-Ham Disliker
Yasmani Grandal-Layin Grandmas
And just when I was about to entertain you all with a detailed description of my dinner and pics of my dog:
Yoan Moncada— White Sox Truther (@SamR33v3s) September 26, 2021
broke up the no-hitter with a bloop-for-double! Unfortunately, Cleveland retired the next three batters so the score remained 3-0. But hey, Justin Fields is starting tomorrow!
And then, as if I didn’t already have enough anxiety, Lance Lynn appeared to have some knee issues coming back out in the bottom of the fifth. He decided to push through it, but woof, get me a drink.
Have we considered hermetically sealing the rotation?— jac-BOO-line (@zombie_jacki) September 26, 2021
The bottom of the sixth was ugly all around. Poor defense and a Franmil Reyes ball that nailed Lance in the back of the thigh added two more runs with no outs. A Bobby Bradley sac fly tacked on another, making it 6-0.
In other news this happened:
Ruiz came in to relieve Lynn in the seventh and, hey! Some defense! From Eloy! And he didn’t get hurt! That’s a win for me, can I turn this off now?
eloy has been great in left and you absolutely love to see it— ™️ (@likedemolition) September 26, 2021
The White Sox still didn’t get any runs in the seventh or eighth, but at least we didn’t give up any? cringe
José Abreu got a hit in the top of the ninth, but the game ended when Grandal did his best José impression and grounded into a double play. Oh well. Let’s be less hung over tomorrow.
The Sox play their final game of the series against Cleveland tomorrow at 12:10 p.m., which you can catch on NBC Sports Chicago (though let’s be real, you’re all going to be watching the Bears).
[Editor’s Note: Ew.]