After watching tonight’s game, I can definitively give some positive news.
The sun will rise again tomorrow morning.
What’s that? Oh, everything in this article has to be about the White Sox. Right.
I got nothing.
Tuesday night’s contest was a travesty in every sense of the word, from Tim Anderson costing Chicago a run with a misplay on a routine ground ball, to three runs coming home on consecutive passed balls and wild pitches.
That’s not even discussing a player coming in hitting three for 40 from the right side standing in that very batters box and blasting a grand slam to put the game out of reach. All of these disgusting ingredients made a recipe for disaster in a 14-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
You heard that right. Fourteen. To two. About 50 years ago that would be a typical score for a football game.
Dylan Covey, the starting pitcher in this cardinal-red bloodbath, started off the night fairly promising. He refused to allow a hit in St. Louis’ first time through the order and struck out four in that time frame to boot. Then, with two outs in the third, the top of the lineup approached and refused to get out. Four straight singles ensued and the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead.
After Chicago tied it on a Charlie Tilson single, the redbirds continued their onslaught. They picked up one in the fourth and one in the fifth, but those were merely appetizers.
The main course was the sixth inning. The Cardinals were issued four – count ’em – FOUR walks in one inning. It seemed like Tyler Chatwood on steroids was in the game, which come to think of it is an excellent way to describe Bruce Rondon. Rondon was somehow responsible for three earned runs without giving a hit, walking three. He was finally taken out in favor of Hector Santiago, who promptly served up a cookie to the slumping Dexter Fowler, and Fowler did not miss it.
Now, all is not lost. As hyperbolically angry and depressing this game story and game itself was, the White Sox are in a rebuilding year and this will happen. At 30-61, things will look bleak but better days are surely ahead, thanks to the fruits that the farm system is waiting to bear and even at the major league level we’ve seen promising things from Yoan Moncada, Anderson, and Reynaldo Lopez, three major pieces for the future.
Up next, the White Sox will seek vengeance against St. Louis and will trot out Carlos Rodon against the Cardinals’ Luke Weaver, another somewhat promising young arm. The game is a 7:10 start time on NBCSN Chicago.
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