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Better to look at Liam Hendriks than anything from the game.
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White Sox crushed by Braves, 9-0

Same score as a forfeit — which would have saved a lot of time

Let’s see.

How to frame this?

How about: walk, HBP, walk, and then this little 430-footer:

That’s about all you really need to know.

Losing to the Braves isn’t exactly embarrassing, though losing this badly certainly is. The bad news long-term is that it took Michael Kopech, fresh off of the IL, 38 pitches (only 14 of them strikes) to get through two-thirds of an inning. That’s just less than half as many pitches as it took Atlanta starter Charlie Morton to get through seven (well, OK, he really needed 83, but that’s close to twice 38, and it is the numbers three and eight reversed).

The Braves had 10 batters come to the plate in the first inning. The White Sox had 29 ... in the game. On the bright side, the Sox did actually have one more hit than they hit into double plays, five to four. And they did manage to get one runner past first — but that was on a wild pitch.

Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn each had two of the five singles, so there is that. And Zach Remillard continued to be the spirit of the team, or what spirit there is, with a nice running grab.

The real bright spot was the relief effort of Touki Toussaint. who came in in the first and didn’t give up a run until he had totally run out of gas in the sixth, after going past 80 pitches. Why was a reliever, even a long reliever, left in for what turned out to be 97 pitches? Well, this is the White Sox — nothing we do makes sense. Maybe with a lot of luck, Touki’s arm won’t actually fall off.

Unfortunately, Toussaint eventually had to leave, and Bryan Shaw then showed why he was on the garbage heap Rick Hahn saved him from, giving up four runs in the seventh despite Remillard’s nifty play. Tanner Banks retired the last four Braves in order, so at least it wasn’t a double-figure loss. And the Braves, not known for patience, only drew nine walks, though two other batters did get hit by pitches.

The loss runs the Sox record to 38-55 and takes them a step closer to White Flag Sale day. They have two more games in Atlanta, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon. You may wish to make sure impressionable youngsters don’t watch, either.


Who was the MVP of this 9-0 loss out of the gate to start the second half?

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  • 40%
    You. You were, for reading this far.
    (46 votes)
  • 57%
    Touki Toussaint: 5 1⁄3 innings, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 7.1% WPA
    (66 votes)
  • 0%
    Tim Anderson: 2-for-4, K, 1.4% WPA
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Eloy Jiménez: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 0.4% WPA
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Sox Pop Live: Podcasting during the game, to give you an option to not watch it.
    (2 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now


You can only choose one Cold Cat for this game, sorry.

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  • 15%
    You. You were, for reading this far.
    (16 votes)
  • 61%
    Michael Kopech: 2⁄3 IP, H, HR, 4 BB, 4 ER, -31.3% WPA, LOSS
    (62 votes)
  • 21%
    Major League Baseball: Making the White Sox play the final 70 games of the season.
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Sox Pop Live: Podcasting during the game, robbing you of the option of getting very angry at a game and then angry at a podcast.
    (1 vote)
101 votes total Vote Now

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