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Klubered, But Not Clobbered

September 18 at Cleveland Indians

WSI Playdate Funtime:
The Indians owned all the hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk in this game.

Short Take:Corey Kluber Ks 12 Sox hitters, but Sox manage to keep it close in 5-3 loss to Cleveland Indians.

This game didn’t look too promising on paper: Carlos Rodon and the White Sox vs. Corey Kluber (AL Cy Young Candidate) and the Cleveland Indians (2018 AL Central champs). Perhaps in a couple of years, I’ll be switching those phrases around.

With Cleveland was fielding mostly its regular lineup, perhaps we were not expecting much – but it certainly wasn’t a terrible game.

Today’s game theme was “swing early and often,” and the Indians did that pretty efficiently early on. They scored 5 runs off of Rodon in 5 innings, while the Sox were fairly ineffective against Kluber in those same 5 innings.

But in the top of the 6th, it was Palka Time – Daniel Palka started off the inning with a solo home run. A couple of hitters later, Omar Narvaez sent one deep. Suddenly a 5-2 deficit looked overcome-able.

In the 7th, the Sox chipped away when Ryan Lamarre doubled down the right field line, and moved to 3rd on a fielder’s choice grounder by Yoan Moncada (who was 2/4 tonight). Yolmer Sanchez then doubled him, and it was 5-3 Indians.

Andrew Miller came in to finish the game for the Tribe. After he struck out Yoan Moncada, Welington Castillo reached first on a dropped 3rd strike. Yolmer Sanchez struck out. But Tim Anderson poked a Kansas City special in shallow right field. With two on, Daniel Palka – the player with the most 9th inning home runs in the majors – strode to the plate. But he grounded out to end the game.

Sox play Cleveland at 6:10 pm CST tomorrow; Dylan Covey faces Carlos Carrasco.

This is my last game report of the year, as I’ll be out of town for next week’s Tuesday game. Sadly, my real life interfered with my ability to watch much White Sox baseball this season, and I hardly got to watch any games (or write TBGRs) in the last few weeks. I suppose I should be grateful that this isn’t our year!

Despite the 2018 team’s trials and tribulations, I did enjoy the following:

  • Daniel Palka. Come on, you have to admit - wasn’t he a pleasant surprise in a rebuilding year?
  • Carlos Rodon’s coming of age (most of the time).
  • The fleeting appearance of Michael Kopech. So much excitement, and then...we hardly knew ye. See you in 2020.
  • Adam Engel’s defense. Let’s forget about his stick for a moment. He gave us those 3 home run robberies in a week, which would have been a high in any year. For one week, in this slightly depressing season, Adam Engel gave us a reason to cheer.
  • Yolmer Sanchez. That guy has fun. I like people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
  • Hawk’s last season. I hope he enjoys his retirement. I like him, and for a time White Sox baseball will be weird without him. But I’m ready for a change.

I will gladly say “Good Riddance” to:

  • Most of the 2018 bullpen and some of the “starters” that the Sox trialed.
  • Wondering if and when Jose Abreu was going to be healthy.
  • Yoan Moncada’s #bustwatch
  • Nicky Delmonico’s autobiography called “Adventures in Left Field”. Ok, he was doing better by the end of the season, I’ll give him that.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the Sox season. I hope the Sox whip the Cubs’ behinds this weekend (I won’t get to see the games, darn it). And I can’t wait until the Sox are a part of an exciting playoff run. See you in 2019!

Fun Da Mentalz:
 I"m little green with envy from watching the Indians' pitching staff tonight.

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September 29... The Last (And Lost) Weekend

September 24... Covey Captivates, but Kluber Cruises

September 22... At Least They Won't Clinch Here

September 18...Klubered, but Not Clobbered

September 16... Baltimore Blanked

September 10... Thrown Away

September 8... Anaheim Annihilation

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September 1... 18 Strikeouts Later, the White Sox Lose

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