White Sox end 2017 season with series loss against defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians. South Siders final record is 67-95.
The Chicago White Sox ended its first season under manager Rick Renteria with a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Sox end 2017 with a series loss and a 67-95 record. Despite the loss, there is a lot of optimism within the organization and among fans for the future.
After escaping Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Indians, the Sox offense wasn’t able to score more than one run on Sunday in Cleveland. Chris Volstad started the season finale for the Sox and walked the bases loaded in the first inning. This led to a two-run single from Jay Bruce and a sacrifice fly from Carlos Santana to put the Indians up 3-0.
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This would be all the scoring Cleveland would need as Josh Tomlin kept the Sox offense to just scoring one run. The lone Sox run came on a home run from catcher Rob Brantly in the fifth inning to trim the Sox deficit to 3-1. Although Volstad gave up three runs in the first inning, he was able to last six innings and finished his start pitching five scoring innings.
With the loss, the Sox end the season with the fourth worst record in MLB. They will have the fourth pick in the 2018 draft. The first three draft picks next year will go to Detroit, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Some Sox fans might be upset that the team didn’t get the top pick, but next year’s draft has been reported to be one of the deepest drafts since 2011.
The Sox went 15-15 in their final month of the season which includes winning their final two home series to eliminate the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels from postseason contention. There were some fans who felt the Sox needed to lose more games to secure the top draft pick, but there were plenty of positive developments of young stars during September.
As the Sox look forward to the offseason, there will be a lot of excitement from fans for the 2018 season. The Sox rebuild was successful in its first year as the team benefited from solid developments of top prospects such as Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer. The future is bright for the Sox and the 2018 season can’t start soon enough.