When the Chicago White Sox entered the bottom of the ninth inning losing 6-0, Liam Hendriks probably figured that there was no way he would have to start warming up at any point. Well, sometimes good things happen for you in baseball.
The White Sox slowly but surely made a comeback in the bottom of the ninth. Guys like Leury Garcia, Josh Harrison, Tim Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert, and Jose Abreu all did what it takes to get them in a good position to win.
They got to within one run. They also had the bases loaded so they could have won the game in a variety of ways. To get the game within on, Jose Abreu was hit by a pitch while the bases were loaded. That brought up Gavin Sheets with the bases loaded and two outs.
The Angels decided to bring in former White Sox pitcher Ryan Tepepra to get the win by facing Sheets. He got Sheets to hit a ground ball to the first baseman who picked it up and stepped on first base. The Angels hung on to win the game 6-5.
The Chicago White Sox had a nice ninth inning on Sunday but came up just short.
There are some things to consider after seeing this game. The first is that the White Sox offense can clearly score runs in bunches. We know how dangerous that lineup can be when it is feeling good about itself. We can only hope that this rally will get them going in the right direction despite them coming up just short.
It is also apparent that this team can’t keep trotting out Dallas Keuchel. They have little to no chance of winning when he starts a game. He allows a lot of traffic on the bases in pretty much every inning and that is becoming a major problem. He just doesn’t command the strike zone like he once did.
The White Sox lost but can carry this momentum into the next game. They have a series finale on Monday with the Angels before heading over to Wrigley Field for the Crosstown Cassic with the Chicago Cubs. It was a nice effort in this loss at the end but they need to start winning games.
The Chicago White Sox will send out Dylan Cease on Monday to face Patrick Sandoval. We all know how good the White Sox are typically against lefties but Sandoval is off to a very good start this season. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00 to begin the season (3 starts).
As mentioned before, we can only hope that the White Sox use their confidence from the 9th inning on Sunday to help them split the series with the Angels. From there, they might be able to play well going forward.