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One and Done

July 18th, 2017 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Long Goodbye
Goodbye Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle.

Short Take:  Kershaw and Dodgers make 1 run stand up in victory over White Sox.

You can't get more polar opposite in the baseball spectrum than the matchup that was on tap at 35th and Shields. The LA Dodgers rolled into Chicago with a league best 64W-29L record on top of the world. Anything less than a league pennant this year will be a disappointment for LA. The Sox on the other hand continue to peddle their wares around to other baseball executives as they move forward rebuilding their roster to get to the place where the Dodgers are. The pitching matchup tonight was symbolic of the team mismatch with Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw taking on veteran Miguel Gonzalez who was fresh off the rehab list. However, Miguel would hold his own but unfortunately took the loss giving up the only run of the game in the first inning.  

In the early going, Miguel Gonzalez was spotty with his control which was not entirely unexpected in his first start back. The Dodgers took advantage of this wildness by jumping on the board in the Top of the 1st on an RBI single from rookie phenom Cody Bellinger. A double play would get Gonzalez out of trouble and that would remain a theme for Sox pitching the rest of the night. They turned four during the game.  

Clayton Kershaw was just "ok" tonight despite not giving anything up. He didn't have his usual sharp curveball and the Sox let him off the hook during a couple threats. He scattered 7 hits over 7 innings of work giving up no runs. The best chance for the Sox against Kershaw came in the bottom of the 6th. Back to back singles from Avi Garcia and Matt Davidson, put runners at 1st and 3rd with one out. This is where the Sox shot themselves in the foot as Saladino tried bunting him home. I know it's hard to believe, but the Sox didn't execute it well. It was tough to tell whether Tyler was trying a squeeze or was bunting for a hit but either way, he popped it straight up for the 2nd out. Yolmer rolled on a grounder to end the threat and that was that. Memo to Renteria and the Sox: STOP BUNTING.

The Sox bullpen was short handed by two bodies tonight due to a deal in the works that involved Kahnle and Robertson. To their credit, they came in relief of the solid Miguel Gonzalez and held the Dodgers in check. In the bottom of the 9th, the Sox gave Dodgers all star closer Jansen quite a scare. Matt Davidson barreled one up to lead off the inning that looked and sounded like it was gone but ultimately just died out at the track and went straight down into Taylor's glove. Jansen would eventually nail down the save preserving the 1-0 win for LA and gaining their 65th victory of the season. This is a victory total the Sox might not reach until September.

The ballgame came secondary tonight to the trade rumors swirling on the South Side as the rebuilding and reconstruction project continues to move forward. David Robertson, Todd Frazier, and Tommy Kahnle will be heading to the Big Apple for more prospects. The past few weeks of White Sox baseball have felt very "rebuildy" as the losses pile up while the familiar veterans begin to move out. #1 prospect Yoen Moncada is being called up and we will get to see the first piece in the new era of Sox baseball. Carlos Rodon, Yoan Moncada and the Sox look to get even tomorrow as they take on Maeda and the LA Dodgers in Game 2.

Game Notes-

-Miguel Gonzalez pitched 6.0IP, 5Ks, 5BBs, 1ER. Quality start but tough luck loss.

-Clayton Kershaw pitched 7.0IP, 7H, 7K, 1BB, 0ER.

-Tim Anderson went 2 for 4 with 2 singles

-Avi Garcia went 2 for 3 with 2 singles and a walk.

-The Sox made a trade with the Yankees sending David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Todd Frazier for a package highlighted by CF Blake Rutherford.

-After the game, the Sox recalled Yoan Moncada and Brad Goldberg.

 The Moncada era has begun

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