The Chicago White Sox are a disappointing team. They never win the games that they are supposed to win. Thursday’s game was one that they lost in a frustrating fashion. It was pretty much a portrait of how they have been losing all season.
Pitching keeps them in the game but the offense cannot get going and they lose. The White Sox lost to the Detroit Tigers 2-1 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Going into this game, we thought that the best pitcher was Dylan Cease. While Cease did end up having a good game (six innings pitched, three hits with eight strike outs) he was out shined by the Tigers pitcher Beau Brieske.
Brieske carried a no hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning before it was finally broken up by a Josh Harrison knock to the outfield. He did not allow a run and allowed just two hits. Not bad for a young up-and-coming pitcher. Regardless, it was a bad look for the White Sox.
Cease was defeated by the Tigers for the first time ever despite only giving up one run in the entire game. Scoring was at a premium in this one as both teams showed their scoring futility right up until the end.
The Detroit Tigers took a very important game from the Chicago White Sox.
The early Tigers run came from a Javier Baez home run blast off Cease in the 4th inning to make it 1-0. Then, the futility really kicked into high gear. The White Sox couldn’t get anything going as no one’s bat got hot enough to carry them through to victory.
There was some scoring in the ninth inning but some of it came from the Tigers who added an insurance run to make it 2-0 before the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Sox would get a run of their own as outfielder Luis Robert knocked in the only run of the game for the Sox late in the inning. The closing frame was close but Eloy Jimenez grounded out to end the game and the chances of a comeback.
The White Sox were once again playing with no offense as they have done throughout a majority of the season. They just could not get anything going.
Friday’s game features Lucas Giolito going up against Tarik Skubal. On paper, it looks like a White Sox win but that may not be the case. On paper means nothing to the White Sox.
They have defied all the odds makers and prognosticators by tumbling down to the middle of the pack in the AL Central.
Time is running out for them to keep pace with the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians. They just keep sliding further and further back. This is unacceptable.