From the beginning of Saturday's game against the Astros, it seemed clear that the heads of White Sox players were elsewhere.
With assistant Danny Farquhar hospitalized and in critical but stable condition after a brain haemorrhage during the Friday game, one could not blame anyone for lacking focus to compete at the highest level.
Nevertheless, the game had to be played and the White Sox had to try to find a way to get through the night. As James Shields said earlier, Farquhar would "probably want us to keep rolling."
So the Sox took the field against the defending champion, hoping to stop their defeats, honoring their friend and teammates and offering a little entertainment for an acceptable stake of 23,908 in a cool night on the south side.
But that was one of those rare nights when the Sox did not stop performing, and the result was decided before most of the crowd had settled in.
The Astros scored four runs against Lucas Giolito in the first and second four more in the second on the way to a 1
With a game left in the series, the Sox 20-1 were surpassed by the Astros, who look like a bunch of backups against the university scrimmaging.
The Sox lost six games in a row and 13 of their last 15. They are 1-7 at home for the first time since 1971, and their 4-13 start is their worst since 1968, when they lost 95 games under three managers.
Sox start pitchers are 1-10 with a major-league-worst 6.80 ERA, with Shield's only victory on opening day in Kansas City.
With an ERA of 9:00 after four starts, Giolito (0- 3) suddenly teamed up with teammate Carson Fulmer in the converted doghouse, he looked away from the start on Saturday and allowed himself seven walks, five hits and nine earned runs in two innings. Of his 72 pitches were 31 strokes.
The Astros hit in the four-lap first, before Giolito went down the bases to start the second. A Grand Slam by Josh Reddick made it 8-0, and the Sox were toast.
It is obvious that the Astros enjoyed teaching the Sox, hoping that the series had at least some "teachable moments" on the way. 19659002] One day after the break, Tim Anderson was criticized for "overemphasizing" Astros ace Justin Verlander, and Yoan Moncada was ripped off by manager Rick Renteria in the third inning, apparently because he was not keen on grounding in third place.
After the game, Renteria said that Moncada had a thigh injury, but did not want to say if he was drawn for not running hard.
Renteria had Anderson on Saturday against the left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the opening goal and pulled Moncada on the 6 hole] Moncada had run every game until Saturday, and his .212 average was the second worst among American leadoff men. But Renteria said they just wanted to give him a "little break" and still liked him at the top.
But Moncada could get a longer break than he would like if he did not jostle every game. You can use "do not stop Ricky's guys" as an advertising slogan if not everyone follows the script.
Anderson's incident with Verlander would have been a major piece of news if it had happened in New York or Philadelphia. Verlander was upset that the young shortstop was "celebrating" after trying to steal 3-0 and then beating the second.
"I do not even know what he was celebrating," said Verlander. "He did not even credit a stolen base, maybe he thought he did, I do not know."
After Anderson got caught in a rundown trying to get third place with the Sox behind him He gave the Astros an easy game and thanked Verlander. Anderson reportedly responded with an obscenity that led to Professor Verlander's talk about the game after the game.
"I do not care what other people think," Anderson said about Verlander's lawsuit. "I do not mind."
Astros Manager A.J. Hinch downplayed the incident on Saturday.
"There were a few disagreements out there, (but) it seemed like there was never really an escalation," Hinch said. "We all have our natural opinion on such situations that arise in competition. They can argue, steal (on) 3-0 and then celebrate after a walk just to talk and skirmish back and forth. …
"I know (Anderson) was not happy with (Jose) Altuve, who for some reason was in the second base, which is not his job. And then he was picked up and ended up in the overview. The contest will talk a bit here and there. What ever. "
Of course, each team seems to have a solemn gimmick when players reach the base today, so it's hard to say that Anderson's" celebrations "have crossed the line.
" It's an entertainment business every year, " Said Hinch. "I never read the book of unwritten rules, or you should do things when you are not supposed to do things. I roll my eyes at such things.
"But if players want to control players and keep the game going, so much the better, as long as they do not end up in a fight."
Extra Innings: Fulmer, who has a 7.59 ERA, started an inning of the mop-up on Friday, but is scheduled to race against the Mariners on Tuesday , "We were in the situation where we had to use it to help us with the way we used the bullpen," Renteria said. … After Farquhar was placed on the 10-day disabled list, the Sox called Gregory Infante from Triple-A Charlotte. Infante had three goalless appearances in Charlotte after making a 16.62 ERA in six appearances for the Sox …. Catcher Kevan Smith (left ankle) was picked up from the DL and opted for Charlotte.