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

Oakland Stops Chicago’s Streak of Series Wins at 7

July 22: Chicago 14, Oakland 6

Tim Hudson finally ran into a tough day on the mound after getting 17 starts into the season without a truly bad game. Chicago made all kinds of contact and dropped in 19 hits against Hudson and an ineffective Oakland bullpen. The first six Sox hitters all had multi-hit games.

Hudson’s ERA is still sparkly at 3.28, but he dropped out of the exclusive sub-3.00 ERA club for now.

Eddie Collins scored three runs for both teams.

                   R  H BB
CHI 103 010 225 - 14 19  4
OAK 103 001 001 -  6  9  5

HR: M. Minoso (4), H. Baines (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee     8.0  5  4  0  4  5  
T. Hudson  6.2  7  7  1  2  4 

CHI 51-43, OAK 49-45

July 23: Oakland 7, Chicago 1

Things continue to be rough at the back end of Chicago’s rotation, and Johnny Rigney got slapped around pretty good for six innings, including a three run Reggie Jackson bomb. Chief Bender and Rollie Fingers quieted what has of late been an electric Chicago offense.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 - 1 6  3
OAK 203 101 00x - 7 8  4

HR: R. Jackson (16)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.0  7  7  1  4  0  
C. Bender  7.0  1  1  0  1  5 

CHI 51-44, OAK 50-45

zitoJuly 24: Oakland 4, Chicago 0

Barry Zito’s astonishing turn-around continues. After 13 starts, he held a weighty 6.51 ERA. Over his subsequent five starts he’s allowed 0.94 earned runs per nine innings, tossed a no-hit shutout, a one-run complete game, and a two-hit shutout of the Sox in this game.

The teams are now tied for fifth in the Original, but just two games out of second place.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0  2  3
OAK 200 001 10x - 4 12  1

HR: J. Foxx (19)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale   7.0  4  4  1  1 11  
B. Zito   9.0  0  0  0  2  2 

CHI 51-45, OAK 51-45

Chicago Keeps Cooking In New York, Has Won 18 of 21

July 19: New York 8, Chicago 0

Chris Sale’s great first half was thanks in large part to allowing few homers, and he seems to be regressing hard in that category lately, having given up six over his last three starts including two in this one.

NY starter Bob Shawkey regressed in the opposite direction after a miserable first half. He sliced and diced through the White Sox lineup in this one to record his first shutout of the season. Joe DiMaggio similarly had a monster game after a terrible season to date, smacking two singles, a triple, and a dinger.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0  4  3
NY  000 034 01X - 8 12  6

HR: J. Dimaggio (7), Y. Berra (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale     5.2  7  7  2  4  3  
B. Shawkey  9.0  0  0  0  3  1 

CHI 48-43, NY 50-41

minoso

July 20: Chicago 9, New York 7

Waite Hoyt, New York’s only starter having a respectable season so far, had a good day on the mound and the Yanks took a 7-3 lead into the top of the ninth. Babe Ruth led the NY offense against a sub-par Eddie Cicotte with three base knocks.

But the White Sox stunned Ruth’s house with an out-of-nowhere comeback in the ninth. The four run lead was put in Goose Gossage’s care to start the ninth, but the Goose loaded the bases without recording an out. In came Mariano Rivera, who settled things down a bit with a shallow fly ball from Sherm Lollar to get the first out and keep the score 7-3. But Eddie Collins singled in two runs to make it 7-5, and then Minnie Minoso clutched super hard with a three run bomb to give the White Sox the go-ahead runs.

Mariano has one of the better looking pitcher cards, but is fighting it to the tune of a 4.23 ERA so far.

                  R  H BB
CHI 011 001 006 - 9 11  5
NY  010 003 300 - 7 10  5

HR: M. Minoso (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  6.2  6  6  0  4  3  
W. Hoyt     7.0  3  2  0  2  0 

CHI 49-43, NY 50-42

July 21: Chicago 5, New York 0

The Yankees looked like they were still stunned the next day as Ed Walsh hypnotized them into a shutout.

The White Sox did not drive an extra base hit all day, nor did they need to thanks to Lefty Gomez having trouble with his command. Gomez walked the first four batters of the game and was lucky to escape the first only two runs down. But another walk turned into a run the fifth, and the Sox singled their way to a couple of more late runs to take the series.

Chicago caught New York and Minnesota in a three-way tie for third place. The three teams are all scoring about as much as they are allowing on the season, though Minnesota is playing the lowest scoring games in the league, Chicago is right at average on runs scored and allowed, and New York is playing the highest scoring games around.

                  R  H BB
CHI 200 010 011 - 5 10  5
NY  000 000 000 - 0  6  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   9.0  0  0  0  1  3  
L. Gomez   7.1  4  4  0  5  1 

CHI 50-43, NY 50-43

Streaking Chicago Sweeps Minnesota Aces

July 15: Chicago 4, Minnesota 3

For most starting pitchers in the Rhubarb, seven innings with three runs allowed is a decent day’s work, but for Johan Santana, it is just about as bad as it has gotten all year. Four consecutive White Sox batters reached in the second inning to plate the three runs against Santana: Luke Appling singled, Sherm Lollar walked, Robin Ventura doubled, and Eddie Collins singled. The Sox added another run in the eighth against Firpo Marberry.

The Twins nearly came back to tie it up while Ed Walsh tried to complete the game in the ninth. Singles by Joe Cronin and Cecil Travis knocked out Walsh in favor of Terry Forster. A Stan Spence sac fly got Minnesota within a run. That potential tying run stood at first base with two outs and Rod Carew, the man with the second most hits in the league, stood in the box, but Forster rolled Carew over on a groundout to second to finish the game.

                  R  H BB
MN  010 000 011 - 3 12  1
CHI 030 000 01x - 4  7  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  7.0  3  3  0  3  5  
E. Walsh    8.1  3  3  0  1  1 

MN 48-40, CHI 46-42

lee
Lee

July 16: Chicago 7, Minnesota 1

Minnesota’s other ace, Walter Johnson, was next on the docket, and Chicago handed him his first or second worst start of the season. Johnson lasted just 5.1 innings, which was the first time he failed to pitch at least seven innings all year. Most surprisingly was Johnson’s lack of command as he walked six Chicagoans. Only three of the seven runs recorded against Johnson were earned after Minnesota couldn’t recover from a Cecil Travis error in the second inning.

On the bump for Chitown was southpaw Thornton Lee, making just his fourth start since replacing Red Faber in the rotation. Lee tossed his first complete game while giving up just one. He has a 2.64 ERA in his four starts. “That dog’ll hunt,” said Sox skipper Jimmy Dykes.

Luke Appling had a perfect day at the plate with two walks and two singles.

                  R H BB
MN  000 000 100 - 1 6  4
CHI 240 001 00x - 7 9  8

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  5.1  7  3  0  6  4  
T. Lee      9.0  1  1  0  4  0 

MN 48-41, CHI 47-42

July 17: Chicago 6, Minnesota 1

After cutting down Minnesota’s two powerhouse pitchers, the less intimidating Bert Blyleven stood on the hill to try to prevent the sweep. The Sox smacked Blyleven all over the field though, racking up four walks, eight hits, and six runs in the Dutchman’s four innings.

Frank Thomas reached four times in the game, and Minnie Minoso, Joe Jackson, Chet Lemon, and Harold Baines all reached thrice. Baines drove in four.

The Sox are on a 16-2 tear that has pulled them into a tie for fourth with Minnesota.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 010 000 - 1  5  1
CHI 201 300 00x - 6 11  7

HR: K. Puckett (3)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  4.0  6  6  0  4  1  
J. Rigney    9.0  1  1  1  1  1 

MN 48-42, CHI 48-42

Chicago Mounts 9th Inning Comeback To Claim Series Against Cleveland

July 12: Cleveland 12, Chicago 3

The Cleveland offense has been the fourth most potent in the league (after Boston, Baltimore, and New York), and they showed off what they’re capable of in this one. Sox starter Johnny Rigney was wild and got knocked around for six runs in 3.1 innings before getting the hook in favor of Ted Lyons. Lyons didn’t have the answers either, and gave up six more runs, including a three-run bomb by Larry Doby.

Cleveland’s Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, and Joe Jackson each reached base safely four times in the game. Speaker swatted his first ya-ya of the season, and Stan Coveleski tamed the Chicago bats in a complete game.

                   R  H BB
CLE 201 330 030 - 12 15  6
CHI 110 001 000 -  3  8  1

HR: T. Speaker (1), L. Doby (5), 

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  9.0  3  2  0  1  0  
J. Rigney     3.1  6  6  0  5  3 

CLE 42-43, CHI 43-42

July 13: Chicago 7, Cleveland 6

Corey Kluber and Chris Sale, a couple of contemporary starters, faced off in the second game of the series. Surprisingly, it looks like the real Kluber and Sale have only faced each other in a game once, May 18, 2015 in Chicago. Kluber allowed one run in nine innings, Sale allowed one run in eight innings, and the Sox won it 2-1 in the 10th.

But the Strat versions of both pitchers had a rough outing in this one, both getting touched for five earned in seven innings’ work. Sale managed to give up just six homers in the season’s first half, but regressed hard in this one when he gave up three solo jobs.

Two errors by Manny Ramirez in right field figured into two crucial unearned runs for Chicago.

                  R  H BB
CLE 100 013 010 - 6  8  3
CHI 012 020 110 - 7 10  6

HR: M. Ramirez (15), A. Belle-2 (4),
T. Hafner (11), R. Ventura (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber  7.0  6  5  1  5  6  
C. Sale    7.0  5  5  3  1  6 

CLE 42-44, CHI 44-42

July 14: Chicago 5, Cleveland 4

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The Naps mounted one heckuva two-out rally in the sixth inning. With no one on base, Cleveland strung together five straight safeties that were capped off by a Lou Boudreau triple to score all four of their runs for the game. They carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth with Cody Allen on the hill to close it out.

But Luke Appling started with a single, Allen plunked Sherm Lollar, and then walked Robin Ventura to load the bases with no outs. Doug Jones relieved Allen, and his first batter, Eddie Collins, slapped a single to drive in one and cut Cleveland’s lead to one. Up next, Minnie Minoso drove in the tying run with a sac fly. A Joe Jackson fielder’s choice pushed Ventura to third, and Frank Thomas cranked a single to walk off a great comeback victory for the Sox.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 004 000 - 4  6  3
CHI 001 001 003 - 5 10  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg    7.1  2  1  0  1  7  
E. Cicotte  9.0  4  4  0  3  4 

CLE 42-45, CHI 45-42

Chicago Launches Into Second Half With Sweep Over Groggy Baltimore

lemonJuly 8: Chicago 8, Baltimore 0

The Orioles seemed to still be on the All-Star Break as they weakly offered at the bedeviling pitches of Eddie Cicotte, who picked up his second shutout of the season. A Baltimore batter only made it to second base once in the game. Meanwhile, the Chicagoans swatted 17 knocks all over the field, including a double and a homer each by Chet Lemon and Harold Baines. Lemon added two singles for a four-hit day.

                  R  H BB
CHI 100 300 301 - 8 17  0
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  3  2

HR: C. Lemon (6), H. Baines (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   9.0  0  0  0  2  2  
J. Powell    4.1  4  4  0  0  2 

CHI 41-41, BAL 48-34

July 9: Chicago 4, Baltimore 3 (10 innings)

The Orioles showed a little more life the next day against Ed Walsh. They pushed just one run across in the first five frames, but after the first three hitters of Baltimore’s sixth got hits and scored one, Walsh got the quick hook in exchange for Terry Forster. Forster retired all three he faced, but a third run was charged to Walsh on a sac fly to give Baltimore a 3-1 lead.

The White Sox showed their mettle and battled back against Harry Howell and Darren O’Day in the top of the eighth to tie it up, and then Eddie Collins led off the top of the 10th with a triple and came home to score the winning run on a Frank Thomas sac fly.

                    R  H BB
CHI 000 001 020 1 - 4  7  5
BAL 010 002 000 0 - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   5.0  3  3  0  0  3 
H. Howell  7.2  3  3  0  4  2 

CHI 42-41, BAL 48-35

July 10: Chicago 6, Baltimore 4

The White Sox put the finishing touches on an impressive sweep on the strength of Thornton Lee’s hurling and a balanced offensive attack. The Orioles got the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with just one out, but Keith Foulke got George Sisler to roll into a double play.

                  R H BB
CHI 120 200 010 - 6 9  7
BAL 010 010 101 - 4 9  2

HR: M. Minoso (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee      8.0  4  2  0  1  4 
U. Shocker  3.2  5  5  1  4  0 

CHI 43-41, BAL 48-36