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South Side Sox May 24, 2016

White Sox survive doubleheader and turn to Chris Sale

Resumption of Cy Young quest aligns with resumption of normal -- albeit difficult -- schedule In the end, the doubleheader of doom between the White Sox and Indians turned out to be fairly mundane for both teams. The games were different enough -- and the starters lasted long enough -- that neither manager had to consider using the same relievers. Mat Latos gave up two dispiriting homers and came away with the win, thanks to Brett Lawrie's magical swings: Erik Johnson gave up two dispiriting homers, and his reward is a loss and a return to Charlotte. Latham's Tommy...
South Side Sox May 23, 2016

White Sox 7, Indians 6: Sweating out a win in Game 1

Brett Lawrie's three-run blast, bases-loaded walk provide a large enough cushion to take opener of doubleheader Heading into the eighth inning with a 7-3 lead, the White Sox were in pretty good position to head into the back end of a doubleheader with their bullpen largely intact. Then Zach Duke let the first two reach, and Matt Albers gave up a homer to cut the lead to one, and Nate Jones and David Robertson had to grind out the last four outs to take the first game. But at least they took the first game, which was far from a given with Mat Latos pitching. Maybe the pitching staff just...
News-Herald May 23, 2016
Home runs power White Sox past Cleveland Indians, 7-6, in Game 1

Home runs power White Sox past Cleveland Indians, 7-6, in Game 1

CHICAGO >> Brett Lawrie broke a fifth-inning tie with a three-run homer, Todd Frazier hit his 14th of the season and the Chicago White Sox held on for a 7-6 victory over the Indians on Monday in the opener of a doubleheader.Austin Jackson added three hits and two RBIs, Mat Latos (6-1) allowed three runs over six innings and David Robertson pitched a hitless ninth for his 12th save in Chicago's second consecutive win.

Latos on performance in White Sox win over Indians in Game 1

Mat Latos talks about his performance in the White Sox 7-6 win over the Indians in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Monday.
South Side Sox May 23, 2016

Difficult doubleheader a good time for Jose Abreu to return

With a couple of questionable pitching matchups today, the White Sox could use the offense Of all the days for the White Sox to play a doubleheader, this isn't the best one. Of all the days to catch Cleveland for a doubleheader, this isn't the worst one. Of all the days to bet on a position player pitching, this might be a good one. The Sox and Indians will tangle for a straight doubleheader at 4:10 p.m., and this date has grown more dreadful with each series loss, especially knowing that Mat Latos and some Triple-A starter (Erik Johnson) were going to be the ones taking the ball. The good...
McCovey Chronicles May 19, 2016

Johnny Cueto goes the distance, Giants win seventh straight

Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, and that's all the Giants needed. One of my favorite pastimes is making fun of Giants/Padres games for being my least favorite pastimes. It's complicated. But there's a spectrum of baseball enjoyment, with one end being complete nonsense and the other end being complete drudgery. It's the Coors-Petco spectrum, and in the middle is enjoyable baseball. The ends of the spectrum can be frustrating. And yet I had an epiphany on Wednesday night. I could watch Johnny Cueto pitch against the Padres in Petco Park for 162 games every year. That's not to say that the...
San Jose Mercury News May 19, 2016

Cueto leads Giants past Padres

San Francisco right-hander pitches complete game in 2-1 win at San Diego
South Side Sox May 18, 2016

Astros 5, White Sox 3: Leaky Sox lose fourth straight

Sequencing just isn't on their side during this skid The White Sox' fourth straight loss and six out of seven couldn't have summed up the frustration of the last week much better. Again, the Sox weren't outclassed, but their inefficiencies kept their heads below water the entire evening. On the run-prevention side: Mat Latos gave up five runs over 5⅓ innings, and they were all single tallies scored in a variety of ways. He gave up 11 hits, a majority of them the softest possible hits -- and Brett Lawrie probably could've cut down one run in the first -- but two of them solo shots hit...
Gaslamp Ball May 18, 2016

Giants 5, Padres 1: Bumgarner gets catty while thrashing Friars

What pitcher gets upset after a strikeout? Once again, the Padres have fallen to a Giants team lead by Madison Bumgarner. Bum struck out eleven Friars while allowing one run on five hits. Colin Rea, on the other hand, struggled through five innings. His line doesn't show it, but it looked like he might even make it that far. The trouble started in the top of the second when Brandon Belt hit a leadoff double. Hunter Pence followed up with a single. Matt Kemp played it well enough to hold Belt at third, but that didn't really matter. Brandon Crawford went yard off Rea to put the Giants up...
South Side Sox May 11, 2016

Rangers 6, White Sox 5: Pitching limps out of Texas

Offense effective against Cole Hamels, but Mat Latos and bullpen can't protect multiple leads Bullet-point recap for the half-watched-at-work game... *Good news: The White Sox beat up Cole Hamels pretty soundly, touching him up for five runs (three earned) on nine hits over 5⅔ innings. Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie each homered off him in a three-run fourth inning, and Austin Jackson and Tyler Saladino bookended the scoring with key two-out singles, the latter chasing Hamels from the game in the sixth. *Bad news: Sox pitching couldn't take advantage of it. Mat Latos had his scariest start...
South Side Sox May 9, 2016

Podcast: 7th Inning Magic

Chicago White Sox have scored 24.4% of their season run total in the 7th inning. What could be the reasons why for the sudden offensive outbursts late in games? CSN Chicago's, Chris Kamka, joins the show to share his thoughts on why it happens frequently. Episode 92 is available and presented by Connie's Pizza. Guest this week is CSN Chicago's, Chris Kamka, who is one of my favorite Twitter followers (@ckamka). Here is the rundown: Chicago White Sox sweep the Minnesota Twins, again. The offense really pulled through for Mat Latos, but will his regression come rapidly where the White Sox...
South Side Sox May 6, 2016

White Sox 10, Twins 4: Mastery of Minnesota continues

Mat Latos improves to 5-0 thanks to big help from defense, offense The White Sox couldn't walk into a trap series, but it was clear that the Twins offered them a respite from a string of tough opponents, as long as they didn't drop their guard. Watching the way they played defense tonight, that wasn't a problem. The Sox turned a slugfest into a laugher, although it almost turned back into a slugfest after the teams exchanged HBPs in the eighth inning. Mat Latos didn't quite outclass Ricky Nolasco, but he improved to 5-0 nevertheless thanks to fantastic defense and an offense that scored...
South Side Sox May 6, 2016

Suddenly, these White Sox are made for walking

Brett Lawrie and teammates are drawing walks like crazy after bringing OBP problems into the season Let's get this out of the way: One Erik Johnson start later, the fifth starter situation remains murky as ever. He was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after Thursday's game, with a corresponding move coming later today. My initial guess is that Johnson is making room for a reliever, since Robin Ventura used up the front end of the bullpen and Mat Latos isn't a great bet to get into the seventh inning himself. After that, it'll be Miguel Gonzalez. As for who gets called up in the interim?...
South Side Sox May 2, 2016

Podcast: Are these White Sox destined for greatness?

A friend of the podcast, Dan Szymborski, joins the show to share the updated ZiPS projections are envisioning a windy city World Series. Here is the show rundown: We recap the craziness that was the four-game split with the Baltimore Orioles. Why it shouldn't be a surprise that John Danks and Mat Latos struggled against a high-octane offense, how Jose Abreu has changed his approach to hitting, and evaluate if Jerry Sands and Carlos Sanchez will continue to get at-bats. After a month of play, ZiPS is now projecting the Chicago White Sox to not only win the American League Central, but...

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