The Chicago White Sox were three outs away from winning in the American League Central on Wednesday.
Instead, the Colorado Rockies won 6-5, scoring twice in the ninth inning, and then left Coors Field in just a two-game series split.
Socks led in 9th place 5-4, but relief pitcher Kendall Graveman walked the first three batters to load Elias Diaz’s base. The catcher hit a two-run single to the right.
It was a wild afternoon. The socks dragged 3-0 after the first inning. Yasmani Grandal knocked in twice in the fourth round and put the socks in the run.
Tim Anderson tied the game with a two-out single in the seventh inning, and Socks took the lead in the second half of the innings of AJ Pollock’s two-run single.
The Rocky Mountains scored once in seven and cut the sock lead to 5-4.
Socks escaped the jam eighth without allowing them to run. They were ninth less lucky.
Here are three points from the split in Denver:
1. The error margin remains small.
Socks dragged 3-2 in 5th place, but there were 2 out runners in 2nd and 3rd place.
When Yoan Moncada took a walk, they were on the verge of loading Pollock’s base. However, catcher Diaz fired at ball 4 towards third base, and Ryan McMahon tagged Leury Garcia before returning to the bag to finish the inning.
That was a serious mistake.
The next inning, José Abreu, finished second with one out in the hustle double. Grandal hit the line drive caught by second baseman Brendan Rodgers. He threw in second place in time for the double play at the end of the inning.
Outs at the base have repeatedly hurt socks this season, the most obvious example of when they encountered a triple kill after Pollock jumped out to the right center. Tie 7 times Play against Minnesota Twins on July 4th in Guaranteed Rate Field..
Each moment of the base is important when the team is dismantling to organize the rally — the socks did not home run in two games at Coors Field. And these mistakes can be costly for Sox teams with low error tolerance.
2. Michael Kopech made a big pitch with the series opener. And the defense had his back.
He was assisted in the form of a big play on the four outings. Carlos Correa struck shortstop Anderson, who started the double play of the 6-4-3 inning ending.
Double play was crucial at the first start since Tuesday’s Kopek break. He allowed 6 hits and hit 4 with a 5⅓ scoreless inning with a 2-1 win.
Two of the three walks that Kopek allowed were the second consecutive hitters. The Rockies loaded the base with one out, but Kopek forced Brian Serven into a double play at the end of the inning.
This was the first of four double plays by a sock infielder on Tuesday.
There was a runner in the corner of the Rocky Mountains, with one in five. Kopek led Kris Bryant to hit the grounder to Anderson. Anderson began a double play of 6-4-3.
Kopek ended after allowing Rogers a one-out single. Jimmy Lambert entered and led McMahon to another double play.
The seventh and final double play was the most impressive. Abreu fired Charlie Blackmon’s grounder in 1st place and 2nd place to start 3-6-3 DP.
The Rockies had at least one base runner in each inning, but Kopek and the rescuers made big pitches as needed, and the defense had their backs.
3. When the White Sox returns to .500, the momentum will stall again.
With Tuesday’s victory, Socks crossed the .500 mark for the first time since May 25 in Boston. At that time I was 22-21 years old.
Wednesday’s nine collapses prevented socks from going over .500 to 2 for the first time since April 20th. They are back at .500 at 49-49.
First-placed Minnesota Twins lost to Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 early Wednesday, giving Socks the opportunity to pull in within two division lead games. But the socks didn’t end the victory.
In addition, relief Joe Kelly was sent off eight times due to discomfort in his right biceps. According to Socks, he is valued.
The defeat stalled the last two of the four-game weekend series against the Cleveland Guardians and the chance to gain momentum after winning the opening match against the Rockies.
Next is a series of three games in which Oakland Athletics, who holds the worst record in AL, will start on Friday at the Guaranteed Rate Field. Another chance for socks to gain momentum for the last two months of the season.
Three points from the Chicago White Sox series split, including Michael Kopech’s big pitch and momentum stall — again – the Reading Eagle
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