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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Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Bases loaded! One out! Let’s go!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

Dang it

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

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

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

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

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Nice catch, Jay!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
Reply to  Ashley Sanders

x2!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Reynaldo is beasting again.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
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We stan.

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

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

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

RBI No. 99 for Mal Tiempo on the season!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Okay, Abreu!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Nice catch, Lopey!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Can Leury please stop diving into first??

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

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

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Why was ReyLo taken out at only 80 pitches?

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago
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Good question, I have no idea.

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago
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Dehydration and flu-like symptoms is the answer.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
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That stinks! Hope he feels better. Thanks for letting me know!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

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

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago
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He is having a very uncharacteristic game. Kind of like Yolmer in the beginning of the season

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

BASES LOADED, ZERO OUTS FOR TA7

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Time for some insurance runs.

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago
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Not how I imagined it, but I’ll take it! Abreu reaches 100 RBIs on the season.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

Uh-oh, please be okay, Leury

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Geez, I hope Leury will be fine.

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

RBI No. 100!

akief87
akief87
10 months ago

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?

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago
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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.

akief87
akief87
10 months ago
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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!

Ashley Sanders
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Ashley Sanders
10 months ago

SOX WIN!

Joe Resis
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Joe Resis
10 months ago

Good game!

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
10 months ago

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.