Two bad innings sunk Chris Sale and the White Sox on Paul Konerko Day.
Sale allowed four runs between the second and third innings and the White Sox came up just shy against Trevor May in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon. Sale struck out 10 batters over eight innings but also surrendered a pair of solo home runs as the White Sox lost for the fourth time in five tries. May struck out nine batters over seven innings.
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Aside from the second and third, Sale looked extremely sharp. He faced the minimum in five of the first seven innings he pitched.
But Torii Hunter started the second inning with a solo shot to left field and Eduardo Nunez hit one to left-center to put the Twins ahead 2-0. An inning later, Minnesota capitalized on a Conor Gillaspie error to stretch the lead to 4-1. Brian Dozier doubled, Shane Robinson had an RBI ground out and Trevor Plouffe singled in a run to give the Twins a three-run lead.
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That was just enough for May, who needed only 80 pitches to complete seven innings. The White Sox got one run in the second when Adam LaRoche doubled and later scored on Alexei Ramirez’s RBI single. An inning later, they cut it to one run again when Adam Eaton tripled in a run and scored on Melky Cabrera’s RBI groundout.
Jose Abreu’s 17-game hitting streak ended as he went 0-for-4.
The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound.
Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.
In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.
Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future.
But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.
A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.
The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.
This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.