By Harry Colmery
5/11/17 6:14 p.m.
The White Sox are officially in rebuilding mode but the 15-16 start to the season is probably better than most people thought possible. After last night’s rainout, the Sox will try to split with the Minnesota Twins and bring their record to .500. No, Yoan Moncada is not on the White Sox yet, but we’ll stay updated on his game in Charlotte.
Not too many on hand at Gauranteed Rate tonight.
Escobar’s home run travelled approximately 413 feet.
Yoan Moncada is 1-for-2 tonight with a walk and a run scored. Charlotte leads Louisville 5-1 in the fourth inning.
After a terrific start to the season, Derek Holland is getting pounded early on by the Twins (2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 HR). On a side note, Holland is a fun dude. Check out this piece on him by Jason Benetti.
If you want something interesting from the Sox, you won’t get it from this game right now, but you will from Scott Merkin’s discussion with general manager Rick Hahn on the White Six rebuild.
With another single and run, Moncada is now 2-for-3 with a walk. Of course, the Sox could use their prospect, but read David Haugh’s column in the Chicago Tribune yesterday about the importance of using patience with the Sox’ minor league star.
The Sox scored a second run on a fielder’s choice by Matt Davidson to make it 6-2. Davidson was then thrown out at third for out number three due to an awful base-running decision on a Tim Anderson single. You have to give your lineup a chance with two runners on and Phil Hughes starting to slip.
Hughes, once a top prospect with the Yankees, exits in the fifth (4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Hughes had his best year in Major League Baseball, in 2014 posting a 3.52 ERA in 32 starts, but has never lived up to expectations.
The strength of this White Sox team this year has been its bullpen. The Sox rank second in Major League Baseball with a 2.39 ERA and are tied for third with a .199 batting average against. Anthony Swarzak, Dan Jennings, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined for four innings pitched, no hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in relief of Holland.
In the end, the comeback wasn’t meant to be. The White Sox lineup came alive to score six total runs in three consecutive innings but Holland’s early woes doomed the Sox.
Here’s the story for the White Sox tonight.
Sox manager Rick Renteria spoke about Matt Davidson’s base-running, José Abreu’s fielding and his bullpen’s continued dominance.
Derek Holland took the loss tonight and spoke about it after the game.
Matt Davidson also spoke openly about his base-running mistake that may have cost his team runs. “It was too aggressive for me as a slower runner,” Davidson said. “But I kind of saw the ball going and then I put my head down and went instead of checking again, which I should have done. Just trying to be aggressive. That guy throws really well. I think he had like 16 assists last year, made some good throws tonight. If that ball is off the money a little bit, a little closer play, but it was probably a little too aggressive.”
Despite an eventful game at Guaranteed Rate Field, the real attention remains on the most popular White Sox player–Charlotte Knights second baseman Yoan Moncada. Our final edition of MONCADA WATCH: 2-for-4, two runs, a walk and a stolen base. Moncada came over from the Red Sox system in a blockbuster, offseason trade that sent former White Sox ace Chris Sale to Boston. The move looks like it will pay off. Though 30 games, Moncada has a slash line of .347/.420/.537 in addition to six home runs and 10 stolen bases.
The five straight losses drop the White Sox to 15-17 on the year, and the team remains in fourth place in a tight American League Central. A weekend series against the San Diego Padres (13-23) presents the Sox with an opportunity to get on track before a long West Coast road trip with stops in Los Angeles, Seattle and Arizona.