The Chicago White Sox lost three in a row for the first time this season. They also were swept for the first time this season. It is good to make it to almost June saying that but it didn’t have to happen. The White Sox had a chance to win two games in this series but didn’t take a single one. They really had no chance on Saturday as Gerrit Cole just dominated them. It was a tough game but you tip your cap to the elite pitchers sometimes.
On Friday, the White Sox allowed Evan Marshall to stay in the game tied in the ninth instead of bringing in Liam Hendriks. He allowed the Yankees to walk them off which was incredibly frustrating. They paid Hendriks all of this money to help them win baseball games, not just make saves.
The Chicago White Sox needs to turn things around after the big sweep.
Tony La Russa was given another chance to redeem himself on Sunday. Andrew Vaughn took Aroldis Chapman deep in the 9th inning which gave the White Sox a chance. In the bottom of the 9th, he left in Aaron Bummer who was good in the inning prior. However, it was clearly the right time to go to Hendriks.
Bummer allowed the bases to be loaded and started to lose his control. Hendriks came into another dirty inning which he isn’t built for. Aaron Judge walked in the game-winning run because Hendriks clearly can’t get it done when he comes into dirty innings. It was a pathetic display of managing by Tony La Russa. Of course, some of the blame has to fall on the players involved but they were absolutely not put in a position to succeed.
There is also the Gleyber Torres nonsense that the White Sox dealt with in this series. He was swinging a magic wand out there and it became apparent early in the series. There were plenty of opportunities to pitch around him and get to a weaker hitter in the lineup but they remained stubborn and let Torres torch them.
The offense was quiet for a lot of the series which is not Tony La Russa’s fault but the pitching was great for most of it. La Russa made it where it was hard to win a lot of the time because of the mismanaging late in the game. As mentioned before, the players deserve blame as well but this manager has cost them a good four or five games so far this year.
Well, it is time to put this series behind them and come home to face the St. Louis Cardinals. It is another good team that is going to present some big-time challenges but they need to hope the offense comes back to life like it did in the second half of the Sunday game.