It was a battle of respective aces today as Carlos Rodon went against Blake Snell this afternoon in Chicago. Snell out-lasted and out-dueled Rodon and the White Sox on the way to a 5-1 victory for the Tampa Bay Rays.
After two quality starts, Rodon found himself struggling early against the Rays offense. His slider was still somewhat effective, but Carlos had no control with his fastball. He started pressing and ended up leaving pitches up in the zone. This would lead to a season high five walks for the lefty. Although his walk rate was up, he still generated a lot of swings and misses. He would strike out nine in just four and two-thirds innings.
The Rays got their first three batters on board to load up the bases, putting Rodon in an early jam. In a day full of walks, it was a walk that brought in the first run of the game as Guillermo Herdia drew a walk to score Yandy Diaz. A sacrifice fly from Ji-Man Choi would bring home the second and last run of the first inning.
Welcome back to Chicago Avisail Garcia. The long time right fielder returned to the south side where he would get his revenge in and knock in an run on a RBI single. Garcia would finish the day 2-5 with 3 K’s.
Rodon Final Line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 9 K, 111 Total Pitches.
Unfortunately for the Sox, Blake Snell brought his A-game to the G-Rate. Snell was nearly flawless himself striking out 11 White Sox batters while walking none.
Jose Rondon seemed to have his number today as he hit his first home run of the season to get the Sox on the board. As for everybody else, a whole lot of nothing. Leury Garcia continues to get on base as he collected yet another three hit day in the lead-off spot raising his average to .375 on the year. Eloy Jimenez was the third and final Sox to collect a pair of hits as he went 2-4 on the day with a pair of singles. Eloy is still looking for his first big league extra base hit.
The White Sox called up a familiar face in Carson Fulmer where he went three innings following Rodon’s early departure. This was a different Fulmer that us fans were used to as he dominated the strike zone. However, after a solid first two innings, Fulmer found himself in a lot of trouble in his third. With walks being a problem all afternoon, Carson added to the narrative by walking in the fifth and final run for the Rays.
The White Sox are back at it again tomorrow in game two of a three-game series against the Rays. Ervin Santana will take the mound in his first start of the year against ex-Astro Charlie Morton for a 1:10 CT first pitch.
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