Cleveland Slows Chicago’s Roll a Bit

August 10: Chicago 7, Cleveland 4

Chicago loaded up on baserunners all afternoon. Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas, Magglio Ordonez, and Luke Appling all reached safely thrice for Chicago.

                  R  H BB
CHI 101 000 401 - 7 13  7
CLE 000 000 130 - 4 11  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  7.1  4  3  0  3  4  
V. Gregg    6.1  5  5  0  5  2 

CHI 63-49, CLE 52-60


August 11: Cleveland 6, Chicago 3

Minnie Minoso and Paul Konerko made errors that aided Cleveland in scoring three unearned runs. Cleveland’s Joe Jackson led the way with three hits, a run, and three ribbies, and Addie Joss flung a complete game.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 030 - 3 10  3
CLE 130 000 20x - 6  9  1
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   8.0  6  3  0  1  4  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  0  3  1 

CHI 63-50, CLE 53-60

August 12: Cleveland 5, Chicago 2

Chicago starter Thornton Lee was due for a mediocre day after heaving a 2.42 ERA over his previous eight starts. Naps catcher Jon Romano drove a three-run dinger against Lee in the bottom of the second.

Starter Sam McDowell was excellent for Cleveland, but couldn’t quite complete the game. The tying run made it to the plate in the top of the ninth, but Johnny Allen came on in relief and got Chicago’s Joe Jackson on a fly-out to ice the game and the series.

Chicago now finds themselves tied for third with Baltimore, and will be two to five games behind first depending on Minnesota’s upcoming series in Detroit. Cleveland is languishing in seventh place with a 54-60 record despite having outscored their opponents 583-568.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 001 - 2 7  5
CLE 130 100 00x - 5 7  4
HR: J. Jackson-CHI (8), J. Romano (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee       7.0  5  5  1  4  3  
S. McDowell  8.2  2  2  1  5  6 

CHI 63-51, CLE 54-60

Scalding Hot Chicago Sweeps Baltimore, Top of Original Division Getting Crowded


August 7: Chicago 1, Baltimore 0

Thornton Lee added another chapter to his superlative stretch since joining the White Sox rotation in late June. His season ERA is a shiny 2.87. This shutout was his finest game yet, and it came at the perfect time because his opponent Urban Shocker was also locked in. Shocker has had a bad year, but put together his second straight start allowing one run in nine innings.

Frank Thomas touched Shocker for a double to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and Harold Baines poked a single to drive in Thomas for the only run of the well-pitched game.

                  R H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
CHI 000 001 00x - 1 7  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  9.0  1  1  0  1  1  
T. Lee      9.0  0  0  0  2  4 

BAL 62-47, CHI 60-49

August 8: Chicago 7, Baltimore 2

Johnny Niggeling followed Shocker in the Baltimore rotation with his worst game of the year, and Johnny Rigney put together his third straight good start for Chicago after a mostly bad year.

The top three Chicago hitters, Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, and Joe Jackson, had a field day, going a combined 7-for-10 with two walks and five runs.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 010 000 - 2 10  3
CHI 103 000 30x - 7 10  2
HR: B. Robinson (5), C. Fisk (3)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.2  7  7  1  2  3  
J. Rigney     9.0  2  2  1  3  3 

BAL 62-48, CHI 61-49

August 9: Chicago 8, Baltimore 5

Chicago put this one away almost immediately as they bashed Erik Bedard into submission to the tune of seven runs before Bedard hit the showers having recorded just one out.

With the sweep complete, the incredible Sox are now 22-8 since the all-star break. They’ve pulled into a tie with Baltimore for third place, and the top of the Original Division is deliciously crammed with these two teams plus Boston and Minnesota all within two games of each other.

                  R  H BB
BAL 010 210 001 - 5 10  3
CHI 701 000 00x - 8 10  9

HR: B. Powell (1)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard  0.1  7  7  0  3  0  
C. Sale    6.0  4  3  0  1  7 

BAL 62-49, CHI 62-49

Surging ChiSox Sweep Detroit

August 3: Chicago 4, Detroit 2 (11 innings)

Chris Sale and Hal Newhouser had an excellent southpaw duel, and Newhouser took the mound in top of the ninth holding on to a 2-1 lead. A Robin Ventura error had allowed Detroit to score the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, but Ventura made up for it in a big way by leading off the top of the ninth with a tater to tie it up and knock out Newhouser.

Minnie Minoso made the comeback complete with a two-run dinger in the 11th. Chicago reliever Terry Forster threw three scoreless frames in the ninth, 10th, and 11th.

                     R  H BB
CHI 100 000 001 02 - 4 10  7
DET 100 010 000 00 - 2  7  5

HR: M. Minoso (6), R. Ventura (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       7.0  2  1  0  5  7  
H. Newhouser  8.0  2  2  1  3  6 

CHI 57-49, DET 50-56

jackson.jpgAugust 4: Chicago 6, Detroit 2

The teams combined for 10 doubles in the game, two apiece for Chicago’s Minoso and Joe Jackson. Jackson also added a single and a triple to his two dubs. In the second, third, and fourth spots, Chicago’s big swatters Minoso, Jackson, and Frank Thomas cranked nine hits, six for extra bases.

                  R  H BB
CHI 103 002 000 - 6 14  3
DET 100 000 100 - 2 10  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  7.0  2  2  0  2  0  
G. Uhle     6.0  6  4  0  3  1 

CHI 58-49, DET 50-57

August 5: Chicago 9, Detroit 2

The Chicago offense continues to amaze after a sluggish start to the year. July player of the month Frank Thomas kept it going in August with a perfect day at the plate that included two walks, two singles, and a dong. Harold Baines swatted two singles plus two homers.

Ed Walsh’s two runs allowed, complete game lowered his ERA to 3.17, seventh best in the league.

Not so long ago, it looked like the Red Sox would be running away with the Original Division, but now Boston, Baltimore, Minnesota, and Chicago are all with three games of each other at the top. Looks like a good set-up for a thrilling race to the finish.

                  R  H BB
CHI 210 200 310 - 9 14  6
DET 000 000 002 - 2  6  1

HR: F. Thomas (17), H. Baines-2 (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    9.0  2  2  0  1  7  
T. Bridges  6.2  8  4  3  4  0 

CHI 59-49, DET 50-58

F. Thomas, S.J. Wood Named Player & Pitcher of July

THOMAS-WOODIt was a great month on the south side of Chicago as the White Sox streaked to a 15-7 record. It took a team-wide effort of course, but no player helped the cause more than 1B/DH Frank Thomas, who created more runs in the month than any other hitter. Highlights of the Big Hurt’s month included driving in the winning run in the 10th inning on a sac fly on July 9, twice reaching safely four times in a game, and capping off a big bottom of the ninth comeback on July 14 with a walk-off single. Most impressively, he reached safely in 50 of his 106 July plate appearances.

Thomas’s month in numbers:

106 87  19  31  8  0  2 .356 .472 .517  .444

It was not a great month in Boston as the first-half juggernaut Red Sox gave way to a listless month with a 9-12 record. One steady presence amidst the slide was Smoky Joe Wood, who led the way to a 3-1 record in his four starts during the month. Wood allowed zero earned runs in seven innings pitched in his first two starts in July, resulting in victories over Cleveland and Detroit. Next up was a 7.2 inning start against New York in which he allowed just one run and again led the Sox to victory. His final start was merely decent with three runs allowed in seven innings that ended in a close loss to Chicago.

Wood’s month in numbers:

28.7 6  4  0 10  9 1.26


Errors Do In Chicago In Seattle

July 31: Seattle 4, Chicago 3

Chicago starter Ed Walsh relies on his fielders about as much as any pitcher in the league, and they let him down in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. Outfielders Minnie Minoso and Chet Lemon started the frame with back-to-back boners. Singles from Ken Griffey, Jr. and Kyle Seager brought those two runners home, and then Minoso made another error that allowed another two runs to score. The fielders cleaned it up from there, and Walsh never did allow an earned run, but the Seattle hurlers managed to barely make those four runs hold up.

Randy Johnson was good, but loaded the bases with just one out in the eighth. Michael Jackson moonwalked to the mound and picked up the Unit with back-to-back strikeouts. But then in the ninth, Jackson gave up a two-run homer to Robin Ventura that got the Sox within a run with no outs. In came Arthur Rhodes, who got in a pickle with runners on the corners and only one out, but he got Frank Thomas on a lineout and Lemon on a groundout to squeeze out the win for Seattle.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 002 - 3 8  7
SEA 400 000 00x - 4 9  0

HR: R. Ventura (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    8.0  4  0  0  0  3  
R. Johnson  7.1  1  1  0  6  5 

CHI 55-48, SEA 55-49

August 1: Chicago 3, Seattle 1 (10 innings)

Jamie Moyer and Thornton Lee put on a show. Moyer allowed no earned runs in his eight innings, but an Alvin Davis error helped Chicago score one. The only mar on Lee’s day was back-to-back doubles from A-Rod and Kyle Seager that got the Mariners their only run against Lee.

J.J. Putz was on the mound for Seattle in the tenth and started things off with two walks. Luke Appling drove in both runners later in the frame to win it for Chicago.

                    R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 2 - 3 7  9
SEA 010 000 000 0 - 1 6  1

HR: none

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee    9.2  1  1  0  1  3  
J. Moyer  8.0  1  0  0  4  4 

CHI 56-48, SEA 55-50

hansonAugust 2: Seattle 3, Chicago 0

Just as in game one, the Mariners got all their runs in the bottom of the first and they were unearned. This time it was a Frank Thomas error combined with three Seattle singles that gave Seattle the game and series-winning runs.

Erik Hanson had a career day as he twirled his first shutout and held the strong Original Division lineup of Chicago to just two hits.

The teams split their six games together for the season.

Chicago was white-hot coming out of the All-Star break against other Original Division teams, but has been slowed down to just two wins in their last six games, all against Expansion Division teams.

Seattle’s Expansion Division lead grew to two games.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0 2  3
SEA 300 000 00x - 3 4  5

HR: none
starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  8.0  3  0  0  5  5  
E. Hanson  9.0  0  0  0  3  3 

CHI 56-49, SEA 56-50

Kansas City Socks Chicago

escoJuly 28: Kansas City 6, Chicago 4

Joe Jackson, Frank Thomas, and Chet Lemon strung together singles in the fifth inning and Magglio Ordonez followed them up with a three-run mama-jabba to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

In the seventh, John Mayberry launched a two-run jobbie to cut the Chi lead to 4-3.

Terry Forster was twirling for Chicago in the eighth, and KC had two on and two out when Alcides Escobar laced a triple to put the finishing touches on an excellent late comeback.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 040 000 - 4 8  5
KC  001 000 23x - 6 8  3

HR: M. Ordonez (6), J. Mayberry (17)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.2  3  3  1  2  6  
J. Rosado  6.0  4  4  1  4  1 

CHI 54-46, KC 52-49

July 29: Chicago 7, Kansas City 1

Kevin Appier’s rollercoaster season dipped to another valley as the White Sox hit him hard and often and his ERA (4.58) rose to the wrong side of league-average. Every Chicago batsman had a hit, led by Minnie Minoso’s three.

Chris Sale had hit a rough patch over his previous four starts, but got back to nasty with an efficient seven innings allowing just one run. He poked back into the league top 10 ERAs at 3.43.

                  R  H BB
CHI 001 320 010 - 7 13  2
KC  010 000 000 - 1  4  1

HR: W. Wilson (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale    7.0  1  1  1  1  5  
K. Appier  5.0  6  6  0  2  4 

CHI 55-46, KC 52-50

July 30: Kansas City 9, Chicago 5

Chicago ended the series feeling like they’d handed it on a silver platter to the Royals. Minoso, Luke Appling, and Eddie Collins all made boners in the game that contributed to six unearned runs piling up against starter Eddie Cicotte. Cicotte didn’t exactly help the cause with his eight walks.

The White Sox dropped in plenty of singles plus one homer against Bret Saberhagen, but the Sabes walked just one and his defense made the makable plays behind him. Willie Wilson and Escobar smacked three hits each, including Escobar’s second triple of the series and team-leading sixth of the season.

KC took four of six from Chicago on the year.

                  R  H BB
CHI 010 101 200 - 5 13  1
KC  020 140 20x - 9 11  8

HR: F. Thomas (16)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte     6.2  9  3  0  8  1  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  5  5  1  1  4 

CHI 55-47, KC 53-50

Invigorated Chicago Whites Out Boston

July 25: Chicago 7, Boston 6

The Red Sox took advantage of a walk, three singles, and a Robin Ventura error to grab an early 4-0 lead. Cy Young cruised through five shutout innings before Chicago figured him out in a big way in the sixth and seventh innings. Minnie Minoso went ya-ya and Eddie Collins tripled amid a flurry of hits in those two frames.

Boston got the tying run to third base with one out in the ninth inning, but Eddie Cicotte finished off a complete game win with two groundouts.

                  R  H BB
BOS 040 000 101 - 6 10  3
CHI 000 003 40x - 7 11  2

HR: M. Minoso (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young    6.1  7  7  1  1  1  
E. Cicotte  9.0  6  4  0  3  4 

BOS 59-38, CHI 52-45

July 26: Chicago 7, Boston 5

Lefty Grove and Ed Walsh, a couple of elite pitchers, matched up well only in the sense that they both had off days. It was 5-5 when the bullpens took over. Chicago hitters got to Boston’s Derek Lowe with two walks and a Frank Thomas single.

Thomas and Magglio Ordonez crushed back-to-back homers against Grove in the fifth.

                  R  H BB
BOS 031 000 100 - 5 10  6
CHI 201 020 20x - 7 11  5
HR: F. Thomas (15), M. Ordonez (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   6.0  5  5  2  3  1  
E. Walsh   7.0  5  5  0  6  2 

BOS 59-39, CHI 53-45

venturaJuly 27: Chicago 5, Boston 4

Boston was clinging to a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning as they did all they could to salvage a game against the relentless White Sox. Jonathan Papelbon was tasked with shutting down both the eighth and ninth innings, but Joe Jackson poked a game-tying homer in the eighth. It was just the third homer Papelbon had allowed all year, but Robin Ventura handed him his fourth jack allowed in the bottom of the ninth to walk off an astounding sweep for the White Sox.

Chicago has been a juggernaut for almost a month now, winning 22 of 27. Just three weeks ago at the All-Star break, they were mired in seventh place with a 40-41 record but have sprinted up the standings to third place and just five games out of first.

Skipper Jimmy Dykes did make a couple of moves that roughly coincide with Chicago’s turnaround, most notably sending an underperforming Paul Konerko to the bench, making Harold Baines a regular, and putting Thornton Lee in the rotation in place of Red Faber. But Dykes was quick to deflect any credit back to his players:

“The coaches and me aren’t doing anything different. We knew our guys had it in them and we just had to be patient. The pitching has been there all along, and now that guys like Minnie (Minoso), Shoeless (Joe Jackson), and Big Frank (Thomas) are all looking comfortable at the plate, everything is clicking. Then you add in clutch hits like Robbie (Ventura) gave us today, and we can win some ballgames.”

Despite rapping 31 hits in the series, the Red Sox have now lost five straight for the first time all season.

                  R  H BB
BOS 000 012 010 - 4 11  0
CHI 010 002 011 - 5  8  1
HR: C. Fisk-BOS (12), N. Garciaparra (11),
J. Jackson (7), R. Ventura (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood  7.0  3  3  0  1  2  
T. Lee     6.0  3  3  2  0  1

BOS 59-40, CHI 54-45