The White Sox wrapped up their three-game set in Washington, DC, this afternoon against the Nationals. Here’s how the bad managers sent them out there for the rubber match.
Yikes, that last third of the lineup.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the word “sweatieys.” Whatever. This baseball is meaningless.
good morning, sweatieys pic.twitter.com/1cxCIQ9JZ6— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 20, 2023
The Good Guys went down 1-2-3 in the first, and it was time to see the opener version of Michael Kopech. Well, it wasn’t pretty. A double and hit by pitch; one might even call it chaotic.
The Michael Kopech "Be Good" challenge is off to a rocking start. #WhiteSox— Chris G (@TSpeeps) September 20, 2023
And thanks to another defensive miscue by Tim Anderson, the Nationals took a quick 1-0 lead.
I turn on the Sox game for whatever reason just in time to see another Anderson error.— At larrold on dat sky app (@Larry_Boa) September 20, 2023
There are literally like 10 people watching this game. I mean, I wouldn’t be either if I didn’t have to, so I get it.
The Pale Hose managed to knot things up in the top of the second after a Yoán Moncada walk, double from Andrew Vaughn, and sacrifice fly by Lenyn Sosa.
Kopech’s opener status ended after one lonely inning, and lefty Tanner Banks was next up. He absolutely melted down and, in the blink of an eye and the boot of a ball by Moncada, surrendered three runs (two earned) in only one-third of an inning.
I’d be more than fine with never seeing Tanner Banks pitch again.— Vance (@Vschmidt_8) September 20, 2023
Me, too, Vance. Me, too.
Enter Jesse Scholtens. The rookie tightened the tourniquet, stopped the bleeding, and got the final two outs. The Sox used three guys who can start to get nine outs. Makes sense.
Yes, let’s burn 3 of the guys who can start games in 2 innings against the Nationals. Wtf is this garbage? This season is obviously a throw away, but there’s no need to make the experience absolutely miserable for all of the fans watching. Wtf is this #WhiteSox???— ChiSox Billy (@OfficialBillyH) September 20, 2023
Then, of course, Scholtens, too, melted down in the third, giving up a grand salami to Lane Thomas and making it 8-1, Nationals. It was the seventh grand slam surrendered by White Sox pitching in 2023.
The white Sox suck so bad— little (@slayerslayin) September 20, 2023
Chicago had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the fourth but couldn’t do anything with it; shocker, I know.
Washington picked up two more to add to the slaughter in their half of the frame.
Pedro Grifol finally put Scholtens out of his misery with one out in the fourth and handed the ball to Deivi García, who finished the inning without further damage.
Molly-whopped by the Washington Nationals wasn't something I had on the 2023 White Sox bingo card. https://t.co/VXyRykHs67— SoxTwitt3r Cohen (@SoxTwitt3r) September 20, 2023
But fear not, García took part in the baseball massacre in the bottom of the fifth, when Joey Meneses tattooed a two-run blast to left field and padded the Nats lead to 12-1.
It's a race to 20 today @whitesox come on, guys, you got this!!— Bryan skreens (@88RobertMVP) September 20, 2023
Things were quiet until the top of the eighth when the South Siders loaded the bases again, but they executed a few runs this time. Not that it really mattered. Honestly, it’s the race to 100 losses that really counts.
The White Sox have to go positive in the last nine games to avoid losing 100 games. Currently 58-95 and they’re losing 12-1 to the Nats today. My guess is they lose 102.— Stan (@Crewsett) September 20, 2023
Side note — the Bears seem to be doing their best White Sox impersonation. We feel your pain, friends.
Ya if those rumors are true this is just the tip of the iceberg probably unfortunately. Jesus christ man— SELL THE WHITE SOX JERRY (@Vaqxinelol) September 20, 2023
OK, I guess there were still a few more outs to cover. Lane Ramsey hit the bump for the bottom of the eighth, decided that he couldn’t be left out of the run-giving party, and contributed one to the total, pushing the Nationals ahead again by 10.
I know it shouldn’t matter to anyone but this #WhiteSox team has flat out quit. The only thing Grifol does well is kiss the front office’s ass. They quit on him, themselves and the fans. pic.twitter.com/1Kaz1KY7kx— Mark Hoger (@HogerMark) September 20, 2023
Praise be, the game finally did come to an end. In case anyone cares, there will be more baseball this weekend, as the Sox take on Boston for a three-game set. Until next time, I’ll leave you with this final thought:
Who had the best tweet in the awful game?
This poll is closed
@TSpeeps: Kopech Be Good
@slayerslayin: Sox Suck
@Vschmidt_8: Bye, Tanner Banks
@HogerMark: Team has Quit
@Crewsett: Race to 100