Ryan Teperas The White Sox’s debut could have gone better. But that wasn’t the most emotional moment in the eighth inning of the Sox’s 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday.
With the loaded bases and the Sox, who earlier took a 5-4 lead in the inning with a single by Tim Anderson, Relief James Karinchak Blow Jose Abreu in the head with a 96 mph 0-0 fastball. Benches cleared and Sox managers Tony La Russa ran into the field and was visibly annoyed, had to be held back once.
La Russa said he knew Karinchak didn’t throw at Abreu but was not happy Cleveland wanted that place.
“But the ball was called and this guy is really a good thrower, but he wasn’t in command today,” said La Russa. “And it’s a scary situation, so I was upset because you called a ball in and the guy wasn’t in charge and our guy was pounded.”
After cooler heads prevailed, Abreu stayed in the game in front of an excited crowd of 36,123 at the Guaranteed Rate Field. A visibly contrite Karinchak apologized to Abreu, but the Sox were still not enthusiastic.
“You hit our man,” said Anderson. “You vomited and all night. They blow the boys off their plates the whole game, and of course we get mad at this situation. This is one of our greats.
“Of course everyone gets mad and gets [ticked]. But you know he was fine. So we have to keep pushing. We have victory. That is the greatest. We got the win and [Abreu] is OK.”
Getting hit in the head was the latest physical challenge that year for Abreu, who collided with Kansas City Hunter Dozier trying to catch a pop-up only to recover later on the weekend and eventually win a game on a wild place.
“I think we are already on the most impressive list,” said La Russa. “We are now in infinity. He’s nearing space somewhere, he’s such a tough guy. Very scary situation and we are glad that he is fine. “
This episode seemed to reach the Sox differently, however. Lance Lynn, who completed five innings and allowed three runs, said the Sox were not happy with the way opponents approach Abreu that they would simply rather beat him than face the 2020 AL MVP.
Abreu was also hit by the starter in the first with a 79.4 mph slider JC Mejia.
“That’s what we’re starting to see, and that’s not what we as a team are, just letting him sit and take,” said Lynn.
The Karinchak incident followed a figure eight that Tepera would like to forget.
Tepera allowed Franmil Reyes’ Game-binding home run, a single and a walk before being removed without withdrawing a batter. Tepera was acquired by the Cubs on Thursday and is expected to be an important part of the bullpen on the track.
but Jose Ruiz tidied up after Tepera and positioned the Sox to take the lead in the lower part of the inning.
The Sox were without Eloy Jimenez (Strip). La Russa said the Sox are keeping their fingers crossed for him to play this weekend.
Yoan Moncada homered in the second when Indians midfielder Bradley room Seemed to have the ball in his glove, but right fielder Daniel Johnson nudged him and sent the ball over the fence.
Liam Hendriks set up the ninth for its 26th parade and increased the Sox’s lead over the Indians to nine games.
Who is second?
César Hernandez made his Sox debut, taking second place and playing second base. Hernandez was taken over by Cleveland and was surprised to find it traded to an AL Central rival.
General Director Rick Hahn praised Leury garcia and Danny Mendick for their work Nick Madrigal, but felt it was important to get Garcia back into a super-utility role while finding an everyday second baseman.
“With Cesar we have someone who not only obviously comes to us with a gold glove resume and who has found a nice power stroke over the course of this season,” said Hahn, “but also a professional at-bat-to as a switch-hitter offers goes with the solid defense and is a nice compensating factor for this line-up. “
Why the Sox didn’t address other potential needs (right panel, backup catcher), Hahn seems happy with what he’s got.
In the right panel he listed options, including Garcia, Andrew Vaughn, Gavin leaves, Brian Goodwin, Man barrier and Billy Hamilton. Behind the plate Hahn said that jugs were easy to throw Seby Zavala, Zack Collins gets chances and the Sox are optimistic Yasmani Grandal Will be back soon.
Pump the brakes
Hahn stated that the Sox will be changing the workload of their rotation over the next 10 days, which could mean changing the timing of using pitchers after a day off. Finally, the Sox could also raise the guns of the minors to give the regular starters a breather.
Hahn said the reason for these steps was “to do the best we can to try to keep the guys healthy and strong and to allow them to sprint through the finish line, which hopefully will be around Halloween sometime . “
To make room for Hernandez and Tepera on the active list, the Sox have chosen Mendick and Reliever as an option Ryan Burr to Triple-A Charlotte.