White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon only lasted 2.1 innings in his rough start against the Cubs in the 6-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately for the White Sox, this wasn’t the first time that Rodon struggled in the month of September.
In his previous starts this month, Rodon has a 5.25 ERA. Prior to his September starts, his ERA was 2.70. Something is clearly up with Rodon.
Rodon pitched 2.1 innings and earned six runs. Those were the only runs that the Cubs scored in Sunday’s game and they were all they needed to get the W. To get those six runs, the Cubs managed nine hits off of Rodon. By the time the game was over, the Cubs got a total of 15 hits.
Once Rodon was removed from the game, the bullpen did what it was supposed to do and held the Cubs scoreless. Aaron Bummer pitched 1.2 innings. Ryan Burr had two of his own innings and struck out two batters. Jeanmar Gomez pitched the seventh, striking out one. And, Thyago Vieira closed the game, pitching in the eighth and ninth, allowing three hits and striking out two.
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The lone score from the Sox came in the fifth on an RBI double from Tim Anderson. The ground-rule double was enough to get Welington Castillo home after he hit his very own double earlier in the inning.
Castillo and Anderson were the only two Sox batters to get on base. They both recorded two hits on the day as Kyle Hendricks had a day on the mound on the Southside of Chicago. He went 7.2 innings. Jorge De La Rosa finished the game and struck out three of the four Sox batters he faced.
The White Sox have shown glimmers of greatness this week, with Tim Anderson joining the 20-20 shortstop club and Daniel Palka setting a pinch-hit home run team record. Then, games like this remind us that the White Sox are human, young, and rebuilding.
Interestingly, Rick Renteria actually compared the young ChiSox to the Cubs. In an article by Phil Thompson with the Chicago Tribune, Renteria “acknowledged he sees some similarities from when the Cubs were rebuilding their franchise into a World Series champion.” Renteria would know as he managed in 2014, the last time the Cubs had a losing record.