It was a morning first pitch because it was Patriot’s Day in Boston. On the third Monday of every April, they wear their home whites with the word Boston across the front instead of Red Sox. The Chicago White Sox went into the game looking to take three of four. They got off to a good start in the top of the first inning when Tim Anderson’s leadoff hit saw him come all the way around to score. Going up 1-0 was about where the fun ended for the road team.
The Chicago White Sox did not play a good game on Monday in Boston.
With Lucas Giolito on the mound, you had to feel good about them giving him a lead before he even stepped on the mound. Instead, however, the Red Sox had a plan for the White Sox ace. They attacked his changeup early and often. They hit the ball hard and left the first inning with six runs. Before you know it, they were winning 8-1 by the end of the second. It was simply not a good day for Giolito. That is going to happen from time to time.
By the time they reached the seventh-inning stretch, they were down 10-4. Has anyone ever heard of a six-run comeback? It happens all of the time. Instead of thinking about that, however, the White Sox decided to give up way too soon.
They decided to use Yermin Mercedes and Danny Mendick on the mound in the seventh and eighth inning. Being only down six seems like a weird time to be using position players to pitch. They only yielded a combined one run which is pretty funny but they gave themselves no chance to come back. The idea of preserving the bullpen for the rest of the week makes sense but it is only April.
Yermin Mercedes is one of the fan favorites which made it interesting but we hope we don’t have to see that again any time soon. They are off to Cleveland for another three-game series against them. It is an incredibly important series as this team tries to get over .500 and stay there for the rest of the season.