The Chicago White Sox opening their season on Friday on the road against the Detroit Tigers. It was a mostly cold and rainy which is exactly how you would describe the game as a whole. It didn’t start out that way, however, as the White Sox started the game off well.
Lucas Giolito was on the mound for his third straight Opening Day start. He was looking like an ace on the mound before he left the game after the fourth. It was abdominal tightness on the left side that took him out. Hopefully, he is okay by this time next week.
When Giolito left, the White Sox were winning 3-0 thanks to some really good hitting early on. Unfortunately, the bullpen wasn’t able to hold it down as the Tigers ended up winning by a final score of 5-4. Liam Hendriks did not have a good outing as they allowed four runs in the last two innings.
The Tigers tied it at 3 in the bottom of the 8th. In the top of the ninth, Andrew Vaughn looked like he was going to be the hero as he blasted a home run to put the Sox back ahead by one. It was an outstanding way to barrel it up and drive it out on a really difficult pitch.
Unfortunately, Eric Hasse tied the game with a blast of his own in the bottom of the ninth. Later that inning, Javier Baez came up to bat with a runner on third and two outs. He blasted one that appeared to be caught by AJ Pollock at the wall but a video review showed that it went off the wall and the game was over.
The Chicago White Sox did not start the 2022 season the way that they wanted.
The White Sox blew it and there is no other way to put it. For some reason, as good as this team has been over the last two years, they just can’t win on Opening Day. This one hurt really bad, however, as they had the win in the bag. The Tigers got to Hendriks which is really hard to do but it was the difference in the game.
If there were some positives to look for, the first is that there are 161 more of these things. This is an outstanding roster that just needs to go out there and do it. AJ Pollock, despite being unable to make the final play, had an outstanding debut with the White Sox which is nice as well.
Hopefully, this was just a fork in the road and they are able to overcome it in short order. The good thing about baseball is that there is always tomorrow. It was a horrid way to start the season but it is time to put it behind them and move on.