Chris Sale had a great start (8 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB), Paul Konerko tied the game in the ninth with his 400th career home run, Alexei Ramirez ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 14th...and the Sox lost. Hector Santiago gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes then a walk-off single to Kila Ka'aihue to blow the save and the game for the Sox in a 5-4 defeat in Oakland.
More on the closer situation later today, but for now, let's just sit back and enjoy Konerko's 400th. Our own Jeremy Murayama made a pretty awesome poster for the occasion, and I examined if Konerko has a realistic shot at hitting 500 home runs.
Kurt Suzuki collected three hits in six at-bats, the latter of which set up Ka'aihue's walk-off single. And it was just the latest chapter in Suzuki's dominance of the Sox, which Chuck Garfien eloquently chronicled before Wednesday's contest.
Chuck and Frank Thomas looked ahead to Philip Humber's first start since his perfect game and the Sox four-game set with Boston, which opens tonight:
Around the division: Kansas City finally won (ending a 12-game losing streak), Seattle torched Detroit (no, seriously), Minnesota's comeback fell just short (so Boston comes to Chicago fresh off a sweep) and Lorenzo Cain suffered a setback, which isn't good for the Royals.
27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.
The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.
In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.
Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.
Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.
But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.
While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:
4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen