Morale wasn’t great coming out of Monday’s loss vs. the Guardians and with a nightcap on the horizon, Davis Martin was pulled up as the 27th man to start the opener for the White Sox. Here’s the lineup Tony trotted out today:
Today's #WhiteSox starters for Game 1 in Cleveland.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 12, 2022
⏰: 12:10 p.m. CT
: O/U 3.5 CWS Total Runs pic.twitter.com/sUgDrySPLx
Outside of one-hit from Vaughn in the first, the White Sox offense was dead (shocker). The Guardians' offense seemed to pick up where they left off from Monday and jumped to a quick 3-0 lead in the third.
Down big early yet again. Crank it up! pic.twitter.com/apHQs1iO8x— Matt Crawford (@Mattheius2783) July 12, 2022
Tony decided to continue being bad at his job, letting José Ramírez beat him with first base open, for what feels like the thousandth time — on an RBI single to push the Cleveland lead to four.
How do you see Ramirez get a two out hit with 1B open and believe TLR is not costing this team wins?— JF (@JF_Fey) July 12, 2022
He was supposed to help on the margins, not be a hindrance.
Three runs for Cleveland in the third, all with two outs— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) July 12, 2022
Doesn’t seem like we are enjoying the ride anymore.
Sounds like Steve Stone should read his tweets. Getting a little angry in the booth.— Tweet Sox (@WriteSox) July 12, 2022
Tony La Russa continues to let his ego get in the way and it costs them yet again. Why on earth are you pitching to Jose Ramirez with two outs and 1B open? Stoney is killing La Russa in the booth right now. #WhiteSox https://t.co/02nBuH8wpo— TheMoncadaArmada (@HashTagWhiteSox) July 12, 2022
Let’s be real, the star of today’s opener (and the only positive) was Beefloaf’s Sox Math video.
For anyone who missed the fabulous #soxmath video from our one and only @MrDelicious13 pic.twitter.com/2L695FtsFR— WST Mom (@WhiteSoxJoy) July 12, 2022
Others are asking more important questions.
Random thought: If fans attended the first ever 8-5 triple play in MLB history. Will the #WhiteSox send souvenir tickets in the mail to those fans?— Brew Hand Luke (@BrewHandLuke) July 12, 2022
Tony decided to troll everyone in the fourth by finally walking Jose Ramirez, but waiting until Davis Martin was ahead 0-1 in the count to do so. Seriously man, what are you doing?
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Tony La Russa after making another questionable decision pic.twitter.com/xrh7hSIbQO— Let’s Go Mavs (52-30) (@Luke_GoMavs) July 12, 2022
But of course ...
Batters are hitting .213 this season after beginning an AB 0-1, FYI https://t.co/p9ikT4Qcz3— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) July 12, 2022
At least everyone else was as confused as we were.
I feel like every Tony La Russa strategic decision this season has been both preceded and succeeded by him asking one of his coaches where the hell he is and what time Wheel of Fortune comes on. pic.twitter.com/6DbBxdlAKP— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) July 12, 2022
The score was only 4-1, but since the offense is incapable of scoring runs, a three-run deficit is insurmountable for the 2022 Chicago White Sox. ONE hit through six?!
One. Hit. pic.twitter.com/sDlqMfBZv9— Payton (@SoxBearPayton) July 12, 2022
I don't know if I've ever seen a team like the White Sox who are a threat to get Maddux'd literally every game.— Bennett Karoll (@TheBennettK) July 12, 2022
At least we have some Menechino Magic.
https://t.co/xoyNR5L1WL pic.twitter.com/T8p4zoLMdM— Chrystal O’Keefe (@chrystal_ok) July 12, 2022
refusing to draw out counts like me playing The Show— janice (all star edition) (@scuriiosa) July 12, 2022
Davis Martin and the pitching staff were not the problems today, they actually did what they could to keep them in the game.
Davis Martin did his job. Can’t ask for much more than 6 IP 4 ER for a minor league call up— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) July 12, 2022
Sox take yet another L in game one. This team is a nightmare, sadly. At least it was over in two hours.
That's a tidy 95-pitch complete game for Shane Bieber, who issued zero walks, not even an intentional one after getting ahead of a hitter.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) July 12, 2022
Now the White Sox may suck, BUT, they also have the worst farm system in baseball.— Payton (@paytonisnotroll) July 11, 2022
“Can’t wait to watch the next one!” I say, through tears.
Well, after another ugly loss, the NBCSC crew has finally had it with Tony’s awful decision-making and poor execution on the field.
Ozzie Guillen & Scott Podsednik have had enough— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) July 12, 2022
Podsednik: "We need to hear Tony [La Russa] say 'the way we're taking the field and what we're doing is unacceptable.'"
Ozzie: "I want him [La Russa] to be THAT guy. The White Sox need THAT guy." pic.twitter.com/p1L48eJPg4
But we all know that no matter what anyone says about Tony, he is here to stay. Dylan Cease will lead the way for the South Siders tonight.
Tonight's #WhiteSox starters for Game 2 in Cleveland.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 12, 2022
⏰: 6:10 p.m. CT
: CWS to have most hits -210 pic.twitter.com/rmHlPpOIRy
The White Sox bats snap alive with a Pito bomb to put them up 2-0 early! Miracle!
Pito go boom— White Sox Truther (@SamR33v3s) July 12, 2022
The White Sox offense crawls to the dugout, out of breath, and mutters, "there are your runs," to Dylan Cease before it dies.— Tweet Sox (@WriteSox) July 12, 2022
Josh Harrison stays hot and blasts a shot to left field. Hey, maybe this guy should play more often?
Rev that motorcycle because Josh Harrison just lasered a homer out to left field. Sox have hit two homers in two innings and lead 3-0.— Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) July 12, 2022
Our All-Star-snubbed Ace, Dylan Cease, was pitching great throughout his start, as usual. Since you know, he should be an All-Star.
7 strikeouts for Cease on 67 pitches. He has 140 for the season. My educated baseball opinion? He's very good— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) July 13, 2022
dylan cease got 19 swings and misses on 28 swings on his slider today.— being bitter (@Sean_W_Anderson) July 13, 2022
somehow not an all-star... pic.twitter.com/C9YgUNwcQi
Dylan Cease, 98mph ⛽️ pic.twitter.com/UdfWYCiGqG— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 13, 2022
Cease left the sixth with the bases loaded after a pair of walks, but Reynaldo Lopez came in and got the job done once again.
Great outing for Dylan Cease.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) July 13, 2022
And how about Reynaldo Lopez entering the game with the bases loaded and two outs and he gets a strikeout on three pitches to end the inning.
ReyLo gets it done again. Down to a .297 ERA Please put him in the 7th I beg u Tony— Liddle Tina (@liddle_ktina) July 13, 2022
La Russa actually sent him back out for the seventh, and he worked his way out of the inning after a Steven Kwan single, bringing his ERA down to 2.90 ERA.
Reynaldo Lopez is Him. Y’all better recognize his awesomeness.— The Last AirBENder (@BenChiTownKid98) July 13, 2022
Luis Robert with a foul-pole home run in the ninth to bring them up 7-0.
LUIS ROBERT BARELY A BOMB BOMB— Dante (@DontizzleJones) July 13, 2022
That's a home run for Luis Robert! #ChangeTheGame | @NBCSChicago pic.twitter.com/eT1Qzn2JPw— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 13, 2022
Matt Foster closed out the game beautifully to seal the shutout win.
Matt Foster for Closer— Maker Bayfield (@Jozefowski) July 13, 2022
Sox finally won a game. And here is your nightly reminder that your new strikeout leader Dylan Cease should be an All-Star.
Dylan Cease is like that #Changethegame pic.twitter.com/fhBkoYgizZ— ✨ (@Sox_Nick) July 13, 2022
Going for the series split tomorrow because that’s as good as it gets around here nowadays!