Week of September 6-12, 2021

Adam Engel to Rehab

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September 7—Outfielder Adam Engel has been assigned to rehab at Charlotte Knights (AAA). Engel has been on the IL since August 16 with left shoulder inflammation.

Three-Game Series at Oakland Athletics

Athletics win series 2-1

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm CDT
Oakland Coliseum
Jimmy Lambert, RHP vs.
Athletics / James Kaprielian, RHP

W, 6-3, 80-58 (.580), W1 | WP: Jimmy Lambert (1-1, 6.23) | S: Liam Hendriks (33) | Game 138

➤ Yoán Moncada goes 3-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 19 consecutive games.

Possible InjuryEloy Jiménez takes a foul ball to the knee.

DEFENSE: In his sixth MLB appearance (2 in 2020), starter Jimmy Lambert earns his first major league win, giving up 1 R/ER on 3 H (2 BB, 2 SO) in 5.0 IP. Lambert was to be the first leg of a bullpen game, but gets himself into the zone in the 3rd, retiring all but one batter in his last three innings. Garrett Crochet goes 1-2-3 (0 SO) in the 6th. Ryan Tepera throws BB, K, GO double play in the 7th. It takes both Ryan Burr (2 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO in ⅓ IP) and Craig Kimbrel (1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO in ⅔ IP) to get out of the 8th. Liam Hendriks goes 1-2-3 (1 SO) in the 9th. OFFENSE: With one out in the 1st, Yasmani Grandal run-scoring BB scores Luis Robert (singled, advanced to 3B on Yoán Moncada double), and 3 are left stranded. In the 5th, Gavin Sheets RBI 1B scores Eloy Jiménez (singled, advanced to 2B on Yasmani Grandal single), César Hernández 2-run 1B scores Yasmani Grandal (singled, advanced to 2B on Gavin Sheets single, advanced to 3B on Leury Garcia single) and Gavin Sheets. Brian Goodwin 2-run 1B scores Yoán Moncada (doubled, advanced to 3B on wild pitch) and José Abreu (walked, advanced to 2B on wild pitch) in the 8th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Eloy Jiménez Day to Day

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September 8—Eloy Jiménez suffered a right knee contusion last night when struck by an errant foul ball. He remains on the active roster.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm CDT
Oakland Coliseum
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Athletics / Frankie Montas, RHP

L, 5-1, 80-59 (.576), L1 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.33) | Game 139

➤ Yoán Moncada goes 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at 19 as of (9/7).

DEFENSE: Dallas Keuchel gives up 5 R/ER on 8 H (1 BB, 3 SO) in 5⅔ IP. José Ruiz retires 4 of 5 A’s (1 SO) and Mike Wright, Jr. retires 3 of 4. OFFENSE: In the 5th, César Hernández reaches on a FC, as Leury García (doubled, advanced to 3B on Brian Goodwin single) scores the only run on an E3. Athletics starter Frankie Montas deals to win, striking out 7 White Sox (2 BB) through 7.0 IP. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 2:37 pm CDT
Oakland Coliseum
Reynaldo López, RHP vs.
Athletics / Sean Manaea, LHP

L, 3-1, 80-60 (.571), L2 | LP: Reynaldo López (3-2, 2.05) | Game 140

DEFENSE: Reynaldo López is solid through 5.0 IP, giving up 3 R (1 ER) on 6 H (3 BB, 2 SO), but makes a fateful throwing error in the 3rd that costs him the game. A wild pickoff attempt allows Sterling Marte to score from 2B (Marte had stolen 2B). Matt Olson advances to 3B on the error, then scores on a sac fly, making it 2-1 A’s. Ryan Burr, Aaron Bummer and Ryan Tepera each pitch a hitless inning with 0 BB and 2 SO. OFFENSE: José Abreu RBI 1B brings in César Hernández (doubled), in the 3rd. Athletics starter Sean Manaea strikes out 9 White Sox, issuing just 1 BB, through 7.0 IP. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

September 10—Lance Lynn activated from IL

Three-Game Series vs. Boston Red Sox

White Sox win series 2-1

Friday, September 10, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Red Sox / Tanner Houck, RHP

W, 4-3, 81-60 (.574), W1 | WP: Carlos Rodón (12-5, 2.38) | S: Liam Hendriks (34) | Game 141

DEFENSE: Carlos Rodón delivers again, allowing 1 R/ER on 3 H (0 BB, 7 SO) on 5.0 IP. In the 6th, Michael Kopech strikes out 2, then BB, 1B, before Aaron Bummer steps in to make the last out. In the 7th, Ryan Tepera goes 3B, RBI GO, 1B (SB on WP), RBI 1B, FC, before Garrett Crochet steps in to make the last out. It’s 4-3 Sox. Craig Kimbrel pitches a hitless 8th (1 BB, 2 SO), and Liam Hendriks pitches a scoreless 9th (1H, 0 BB, 0 SO) for the save. OFFENSE: José Abreu 3-run HR (29), on an 0-2 count, scores César Hernández (walked) and Yoán Moncada (singled), in the 3rd. Luis Robert RBI 1B scores Gavin Sheets (reached on E4), in the 4th. Red Sox starter Tanner Houck is out after 3⅔, after giving up the 4 runs (3 BB, 1 SO). The Red Sox bullpen strike out 6. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field – Sox Crawl
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Red Sox / Connor Seabold, RHP

L, 9-8, 81-61 (.570), L1 | LP: Mike Wright, Jr. (0-1, 3.86) | Game 142

Game highlights from mlb.com

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Red Sox / Nick Pivetta, RHP

W, 2-1, 82-61 (.573), W1 | WP: Craig Kimbrel (4-4, 2.18) | Game 143

Leury Garcia walk-off HR.

Game highlights from mlb.com

Week of July 26-Aug 1, 2021

July 26—Eloy Jiménez activated from rehab

Luis Robert Rehab Progress

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July 26—Outfielder Luis Robert to continue rehab at Charlotte Knights (AAA), moving up from Winston-Salem Dash (A+).

Four-Game Series at Kansas City Royals

Royals win series 3-1

Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Royals / Mike Minor, LHP

L, 4-3, 59-41 (.590), L1 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (7-4, 4.32) | Game 100

DEFENSE: Dallas Keuchel allows 4 R on 6.0 IP (6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), including 2 solo HRs by Jorge Soler, and a third by Andrew Benintendi. Cori Heuer (1-2-3, 0 SO) and Garrett Crochet (2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) finish out the game, pitching a scoreless inning each. OFFENSE: Andrew Vaughn 2-RBI 1B in the 6th. Adam Engel RBI 1B in the 9th. Fresh off the IL, Eloy Jiménez goes 0-for-4, but is visibly excited to be back in the lineup. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Brad Keller, RHP

W, 5-3, 60-41 (.594), W1 | WP: Reynaldo Lopez (1-0, 2.00) | S: Liam Hendriks (25) | Game 101

DEFENSE: Dylan Cease allows 3 R on 6.0 IP (6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO). Reynaldo López (1 SO), Michael Kopech (3 SO), and Liam Hendriks (1 SO) pitch a 1-2-3, no-hit inning each. OFFENSE: Eloy Jiménez 3-run HR (1) off Kyle Zimmer in the 8th. Jiménez also shines defensively, making two difficult running catches in the 4th, and throwing Michael A. Taylor out at home in the 2nd. Gavin Sheets solo HR (6) in the 4th Yoán Moncada RBI groundout in the 8th. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Royals / Kris Bubic, LHP

L, 3-2, 60-42 (.588), L1 | LP: Ryan Burr (2-1, 3.26) | Game 102

DEFENSE: Lucas Giolito gives up just 1 R, striking out 7, on 6.0 IP (4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB). Aaron Bummer (2 SO) and Michael Kopech (0 SO) pitch a no-hit inning each, before Liam Hendriks gives up the tying run—a Salvador Perez solo HR—in the 9th. A Michael A. Taylor 1B brings in the automatic runner to win the game for the Royals in the 10th. OFFENSE: The White Sox 5 H are all off starter Kris Bubic (3 SO). The Royals bullpen strikes out 6. Danny Mendick 2-RBI 1B in the 5th brings in Andrew Vaughn (1B) and Leury García (1B). Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Royals / Carlos Hernández, RHP

L, 5-0, 60-43 (.583), L2 | LP: Carlos Rodón (8-5, 2.49) | Game 103

DEFENSE: Carlos Rodón allows 8 H and 4 R on 4.0 IP (4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO), starting with a 2-run HR by Salvador Perez in the 1st. He gives up a solo HR to Michael A. Taylor in the 2nd, and Hunter Dozier brings in Carlos Santana on a sac fly in the 3rd, making it 4-0 Royals. Rodón’s velocity is a few MPH lower than normal through the first couple of innings. With Reynaldo López pitching in the 5th, Jorge Soler reaches on an E6 (Leury García), then advances to third on a Hunter Dozier 2B, and scores on a Michael A. Taylor sac fly. López goes 1-2-3 in the 6th (1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO on 2.0 IP). Ryan Burr delivers 2.0 no-hit innings, giving up 2 BB (0 SO). The White Sox turn a 4-5-3 double play to finish out the 8th. OFFENSE: Royals starter, Carlos Hernández, gives up just 4 H and 1 BB to the White Sox on 6.0 IP (4 SO). Their bullpen allows just one more hit and strikes out 5, for the shutout. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

July 29—Evan Marshall, RHP moved from 10-day to 60-day IL (to make room on 40-man roster)

2021 Trade Deadline

University of Delhi

The 2021 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is Friday, July 30 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Three-Game Series vs. Cleveland Indians

White Sox win series 2-1

Friday, July 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Indians / J.C. Mejia, RHP

W, 6-4, 61-43 (.587), W1 | WP: José Ruiz (1-1, 2.90) | S: Liam Hendriks (26) | Game 104

DEFENSE: Lance Lynn gives up 3 R on 7 H for a 5-inning no decision (3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO). Garrett Crochet and Aaron Bummer pitch a clean inning each. But Ryan Tepera’s White Sox debut in the 8th is less-than-illustrious. He gives up a HR and a 1B, then issues a BB, before being replaced by José Ruiz, who retires the next three to end the inning (the first out comes on a sac bunt that loads the bases with Indians). Lethal Liam Hendriks goes 1-2-3 (2 SO) for the save (26). OFFENSE: In the 2nd, a one-in-a-million situation occurs when Cleveland outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Daniel Johnson collide at the center-field wall, both running to catch Yoán Moncada’s line drive, which rebounds out of Zimmer’s glove, sending it over the wall for a solo HR that should have been a lineout. Brian Goodwin RBI 1B brings Moncada in from second base, in the 4th. Then, with one out and two on, Leury García grounds into a force out at second, beats the throw to first for a base hit, and brings in a run. Andrew Vaughn run-scoring BB in the 5th. Tim Anderson RBI 1B in the 8th, before José Abreu HBP with bases loaded and no outs forces the final run of the game. “Controlled pandemonium” ensues…

La Russa Rushes Infield

When James Karinchak hits José Abreu in the noggin with a 96 MPH fastball, Tony La Russa rushes out of the dugout to confront Indians catcher Roberto Pérez—a run that launches a thousand memes (see below). Both benches clear, but no blows are exchanged. In the end, Abreu hugs Karinchak and takes his base.

La Russa runs with the Beatles
La Russa runs with Forrest Gump
La Russa runs to the vault

Tony La Russa on tempers flaring after José Abreu HBP

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July 30—SS Danny Mendick and RHP Ryan Burr optioned to Charlotte Knights (AAA)

Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Indians / Triston McKenzie, RHP

L, 12-11, 61-44 (.581), L1 | LP: Michael Kopech (3-1, 2.55) | Game 105

Rookie catcher Seby Zavaya goes 4-for-4, becoming the first Big League player ever to slam his first three career HRs in a single game—and the second of his three consecutive homers just happens to be a Grand Slam! He tops off the night with a 1B on his 4th and final at bat of the game. Watch game highlights from mlb.com:

Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Jimmy Lambert, RHP vs.
Indians / Cal Quantrill, RHP

W, 2-1, 62-44 (.585), W1 | WP: Liam Hendriks (5-2, 2.47) | Game 106

Game highlights from mlb.com

Billy Hamilton to Injured List

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August 1—Outfielder Billy Hamilton is back on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, the same injury that landed him there on June 6. This is Hamilton’s third time on the IL this season.