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Halos Rip Volstad

September 26th, 2017 at Houston Astros


Sox Office Smash Hit:
In the Line of Fire
Volstad was the target.

Short Take:  Abreu has a huge night but disaster 3rd inning by Volstad put game out of reach early.

When the Sox decided to push Carson Fulmer's Tuesday start back to Saturday and replaced him with Chris Volstad, most fans that tuned in for baseball tonight knew things were probably not lined up well for a win. The Sox fans who knew a beatdown was coming got what they expected. Volstad and the secondary Sox relief corps were exactly what the Angels wanted with their team clinging to extreme postseason life support. Abreu had a big night but he didn't have a whole lot of help in this one as the Sox fell 9-3. 

Jose Abreu got the Sox on the board early in this game with a ball that was absolutely vaporized to LF for a solo HR. It came within a few rows of landing on the concourse. However, one run was not nearly enough for journeyman Chris Volstad who was making a spot start in place of Carson Fulmer. The Angels punished Volstad in the 3rd inning with home runs by Brandon Phillips, Luis Valbuena, and some guy named Mike Trout. When the smoke cleared, the Sox were down 6-1. The Angels would add a couple more off a Sox relief crew that consisted of Beck, Pelfrey, and Fry. (Rebuilding!) Instead of the ragtag bunch of Sox pitchers that were run out there, let's talk about Jose Abreu instead. Jose picked on Bridwell once again in the 6th inning taking him out to left center for his second HR of the game. Jose continues to put together the most complete season of his White Sox career. Whenever the Sox become contenders again, I hope Jose has the opportunity to be a part of it.

This is my final game recap of 2017 and I had the chance to write about a lot of losing baseball this year which was entirely expected. Tuesdays in particular weren't a strong night for the 2017 South Siders though and I chronicled many different ways the Sox lost. Despite the fact this was a season full of losing and tremendous roster churn, I feel a lot more optimistic about the future of the team than I did at the end of 2016. At the end of last year, I said I wanted the Sox to pick a lane and either go "all in" on winning now or go for a full rebuild. They chose the latter and have executed a rebuild on paper about as well as they could have done. There are key building blocks for the new core of White Sox team starting to come together that we can see taking shape. Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson, Reynaldo Lopez are all here and all having some measure of success. In 2018, we might be seeing Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez, or possibly even Alan Hansen. The future of the White Sox is looking good and the arrow is pointing up for this club. The rebuild seems well timed too as former AL Central powerhouses like the Royals and Tigers are set to enter some dark days without the valuable assets to trade as the Sox had. The Twins and Brewers have shown us that a rebuild can come together way ahead of schedule so 2018 might not necessarily be the "throw away" year everyone thinks it will be. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, the light towers at 35th and Shields will be lit once again in the crisp air of October.

Game Notes-

-The Sox have announced Lucas Giolito is done for the season after reaching his innings limit for 2017.

-Yolmer Sanchez left the game with a knee contusion after fouling a ball off himself.

-Jose Abreu was 3 for 4 with 2HR and 2RBIs.

-The Angels elimination number is down to 1 as the Twins defeated the Tribe tonight by a score of 8-6

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Fandamonium:
 See you in 2018.


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