Week of July 5-11, 2021

Three-Game Series at Minnesota Twins

White Sox win series 2-1

Monday, July 5, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Target Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Twins / Bailey Ober, RHP

L, 8-5, 49-35 (.583), L3 | LP: Dylan Cease (7-4, 4.14) | Game 84

Game highlights from mlb.com

InjuryYasmani Grandal leaves game in the 6th following an injury to the left leg on a checked swing.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Target Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Twins / José Berríos, RHP

W, 4-1, 50-35 (.588), W1 | WP: Carlos Rodón (7-3, 2.31) | S: Liam Hendriks (22) | Game 85

In the pouring rain, Billy Hamilton leaps from the edge of the warning track to grab Max Kepler’s line drive to left-center, landing in the mud and sliding to the wall with the ball firmly in his glove, as Liam Hendriks looks on in disbelief. Spectacular! Game highlights from mlb.com:

Yasmani Grandal to Injured List

Yasmani Grandal C 24
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July 6—Catcher Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a torn tendon in the left knee, sustained during yesterday’s loss to the Twins. Grandal is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.

July 7—Adam Engel activated from IL

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 12:10 pm CDT
Target Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Twins / Michael Pineda, RHP

W, 6-1, 51-35 (.593), W2 | WP: Lance Lynn (9-3, 1.99) | Game 86

Game highlights from mlb.com

Three-Game Series at Baltimore Orioles

White Sox sweep series 3-0 and season 7-0

Friday, July 9, 2021 at 6:05 pm CDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Orioles / Jorge López, RHP

W, 12-1, 52-35 (.598), W3 | WP: Dallas Keuchel (7-3, 4.25) | Game 87

Game highlights from mlb.com

Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 3:05 pm CDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Orioles / Thomas Eshelman, RHP

W, 8-3, 53-35 (.602), W4 | WP: Lucas Giolito (7-6, 4.15) | S: Liam Hendriks (23) | Game 88

Today’s 2-inning start notwithstanding, in the course of three seasons (2013-2015) pitching for Cal State–Fullerton (NCAA Division 1, Big West Conference), Thomas Eshelman issued just 18 walks on 376 ⅓ innings pitched. That’s 0.43 walks per nine innings—likely an all-time record in college baseball. By way of reference, the major league record is held by right-handed-Hall-of-Famer-and-curve-ball-inventor, William Arthur “Candy” Cummings who allowed 0.47 walks per nine innings across six seasons (1872-1877) as a pro. Cummings was also the first major leaguer to start, complete, and win both games of a doubleheader (Sep 9, 1876). See, Control Freak: The college pitcher who walks alone in baseball history. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm CDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Orioles / Spenser Watkins, RHP

W, 7-5, 54-35 (.607), W5 | WP: Liam Hendriks (4-2, 2.75) | S: Matt Foster (1) | Game 89

Starter Dylan Cease allows 2 ER on 5.0 IP (2 H, 2 BB, 6 SO). Michael Kopech (3 SO, 3 batters), Codi Heuer (1 BB, 4 batters), and Garrett Crochet (2 SO, 3 batters) pitch a scoreless inning each. Liam Hendriks gives up a 2-run HR to Trey Mancini (16) in the 9th to tie the game and blow the save (3 SO, 5 batters). Backed up by José Ruiz (1 H, allowing the free runner to score, 1 BB, 3 batters) and Matt Foster (2 hard-hit lineouts, 2 batters) in the 10th, Hendriks is credited with the win anyway. Andrew Vaughn solo HR (9) in the 4th, 3-run HR (10) in the 6th. Adam Engel 3-run HR (4) in the 10th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

All-Star Sunday

2021 All-Star Sunday
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All-Star Week 2021 festivities begin on Sunday in Denver. The day’s events include the All-Star Futures Game and Round One of the 2021 MLB Draft.

2021 All-Star Futures Game
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LaTroy Hawkins (AL) and Vinny Castilla (NL) will serve as managers for the 7-inning contest featuring top minor league prospects.

Coors Field – 2:00 pm CDT

Futures Game Rosters

Representing the Chicago White Sox farm system will be Yoelqui Cespedes—yet another Cuban/Dominican “Y” name—outfielder with the Winston-Salem Dash (A+), where slugger Eloy Jiménez is currently rehabbing.

2021 MLB Draft Round One (All-Star Week Event)
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For the first time, the 2021 MLB Draft will be part of All-Star Week, beginning with Round One on Sunday.

Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center – 6:00 pm CDT

The White Sox pick 22nd in the first round.