Gamethread: Rangers at White Sox

Lightweight: White Sox discovered designing their own bats for game two of Players’ Weekend was a step too far. (Carving by Peter Shuyff, inhabitat.com)

The good times were bound to stop rolling at some point, but they sure came to a crashing halt last night, with inept offense and defense. The only bright spot, other than Jose Abreu’s 1,000th hit and Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sánchez keeping their hitting streaks alive, was the fourth straight solid starting pitching performance, so you can’t Blame it on the Bossa Nova, because Iván pitched very well.

Let’s hope it was just a one-day blip on what has otherwise been the best stretch of the year for the Chicago White Sox.

That blip came against a Texas starter who had all of three big league games under this belt this year and a 6.60 ERA going in, following three starts and a 12.38 ERA with Atlanta last year. Kolby Allard’s 6 1/3 scoreless innings lowered his ERA almost two full points, to 4.64, so it was a generous act by the Sox offense.

That generosity often shows up against major league newbies for some reason, which may not bode well for this afternoon’s attempt to make it three-out-of-four in the series with the Rangers. Texas is tossing lefty Brock Burke, who has all of one appearance in the bigs. Burke started this season in the Arizona Rookie League and has played at five league levels this year.

Worse, Burke’s only start for Texas was six innings of shutout ball against the Angels. On the plus side, that means in order to change his ERA by two points, as the Sox did for Allard, it would have to be two points upward.

It will be Reynaldo López on the mound for the Sox. Last time out, ReyLo got hammered by the Twins, though four of the seven of the runs he gave up were unearned. That start, and the previous one against the Angels, ended what had been a streak of half a dozen mostly solid starts since the All-Star break.

Gotta hope for the good ReyLo this time. He has faced the Rangers once this year, but that was in the pre-break doldrums, when he gave up three earned in 5 1/3.

Incidentally, if you Google “ReyLo,” one of the first images is this:

So maybe if Lopez has to kick it up a notch with me on base we’ll see the first light sabre of Players’ Weekend. (nerdist.com)

Lopez will be throwing to Welington Castillo:

The Rangers will be playing only nicknames, not actual players, so that should be a break:

Another beautiful day for baseball, with a temp of 73 at the 1:10 p.m. CT start and no chance of rain. NBC Sports on the idiot box, WGN on the boombox.

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Bases loaded! One out! Let’s go!

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Dang it

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Dang. 77% hit probability on that Eloy liner. BABIP’d.

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ReyLo is throwing the heat! Pretty good start so far.

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Nice catch, Jay!

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x2!

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Reynaldo is beasting again.

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We stan.

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Leury with the successful sacrifice bunt, which slightly lowers the Sox’s chances to win this game sad

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RBI No. 99 for Mal Tiempo on the season!

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Okay, Abreu!

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Nice catch, Lopey!

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Can Leury please stop diving into first??

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Let the record show that Reynaldo did not allow a hit today.

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Why was ReyLo taken out at only 80 pitches?

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Good question, I have no idea.

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Dehydration and flu-like symptoms is the answer.

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That stinks! Hope he feels better. Thanks for letting me know!

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Yeesh, Tim. I know he can field better than he has this season. He already has.

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He is having a very uncharacteristic game. Kind of like Yolmer in the beginning of the season

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BASES LOADED, ZERO OUTS FOR TA7

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Time for some insurance runs.

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Not how I imagined it, but I’ll take it! Abreu reaches 100 RBIs on the season.

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Uh-oh, please be okay, Leury

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Geez, I hope Leury will be fine.

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RBI No. 100!

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Just tuned in because I was at the Dash game….and I see Jon Jay out on a 3rd strike bunt…..what the heck..but it looks like Reynaldo did great at least! How has he looked?

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Reynaldo was terrific today. Pulled after five shutout innings, no hits allowed. He had dehydration and flu-like symptoms, which is rough but still a much less serious reason than I was expecting to hear after they removed him so early.

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I was checking the box score and saw that ERA creeping down, he’s almost got it below 5 haha! But that’s exciting, our pitching has been lights out of late!

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SOX WIN!

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Good game!

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Lopez continues to show promise. But once again the Sox were almost completely bamboozled by a kid still trying to figure out where the bathroom is in a big league stadium and Anderson with two more errors. He’s reminding me more and more in a way of Alexei Ramirez. Million dollar talent, ten cent brain because he just seems to keep losing concentration. He’s finishing up basically his third full season…that has GOT to get better.