The Sox struck out 16 times in their 5-3 loss to Baltimore, sealing a series defeat at the hands of the Orioles. Gavin Floyd scuffled through six innings, allowing five runs with three walks, seven strikeouts and one home run allowed. All in all, the Sox squandered any momentum they had coming out of the Detroit series in the last few days as they head west to Seattle and Oakland.
The game itself wasn't too exciting, but seeing a four-year-old rush the field and be scooped up by Dayan Viciedo was pretty fun:
Gordon Beckham sat out Thursday's game in favor of Eduardo Escobar -- who went 0-4 with a strikeout -- and before the contest hitting coach Jeff Manto explained what the second baseman is doing with his swing lately.
Another player who got Thursday off was A.J. Pierzynski, who joins Jake Peavy in the department of "extremely encouraging starts." James also offered up some thoughts on the Jakemeister's fantastic beginning to the 2012 season.
Around the division: Curtis Granderson pummeled the Twins, Yu Darvish shut down the Tigers, Cleveland snuck by Seattle and the shift to DH hasn't negatively affected Billy Butler.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.