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Wild Fourth Inning Puts White Sox Up For Good

Highlights | 2021 ALDS Game 3 | White Sox bats explode in a 12-6 win vs Astros

Three fortunately-placed singles gave the White Sox the lead back before the funkiness really got started. Grandal hit a grounder to first base and, knowing the throw was coming home, immediately took a path in the way of the throw. He would get hit with the throw, aiding the run to score . Then there was a weak grounder down the third-base line for Eloy Jiménez that he beat out for another infield hit. That made it 9-6.

Chicago ended up adding three insurance runs in the eighth inning when Andrew Vaughn pinch hit for Gavin Sheets and delivered an RBI double followed with another double from García to send Vaughn home. Tim Anderson got his first RBI of the series to make it 12-6.

Speaking of Anderson, that is now five three-hit games in six career playoff games to this point.

Most 3-hit games in 1st 6 career postseason games:Tim Anderson: 5

White Sox Deserve What They Got In Lopsided Alds Loss

Baseball season is officially over in Chicago and its time to divert my attention to other things. Does anyone know of a good pumpkin festival? Where can one find fall foliage these days?

As for the White Sox, their season ended meekly with a 10-1 loss in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday afternoon in front of a spirited, and eventually disappointed crowd of 40,188.

The White Sox returned to the postseason and gave their fans a momentary thrill with a 12-6 Game 3 win. But in the Soxs three losses in the series, they were outscored 25-6. Change the game? How? By changing how its scored?

Count the number of RBIs that we gave up with two outs and couldnt get that last out, La Russa said. Count them today, big difference-maker.

Sorry, Tony, I dont have the time. Im writing this obituary, you see, and I dont have time for more math.

This game aside, it was clear from the beginning in Houston that the Astros were a better team. They deserved to win.

The Astros Are Headed To A Fifth Straight Alcs

Houston has now made it at least to the ALCS every year since 2017. In 2017, they won the World Series. In 2018, they lost in five games to the Red Sox in the ALCS. In 2019, they lost the World Series in the full seven games to the Nationals, and in the abbreviated 2020 season they fell to the Rays in the ALCS in seven.

This fifth straight trip puts the Astros in elite historical company. Just two other teams — the A’s and Braves — have appeared in at least five consecutive LCSs. The A’s did so from 1971-75. As for the Braves, you can slap an asterisk on their streak. They made eight straight NLCSs from 1991-1999, but that streak was broken up by the 1994 season, in which a labor stoppage snuffed out the playoffs. The Braves were in second place in their division at the time of the shutdown. Still, they made five straight LCSs from 1995-99 without interruption.

The Astros will be playing for the fourth pennant in franchise history, and veteran manager Dusty Baker will be trying to make the World Series for the second time in his career. Doing so would surely help his eventual Hall of Fame case.

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Things Got A Little Tense In The Eighth

With two outs in the eighth, Sox slugger José Abreu got plunked by a full-count fastball from Kendall Graveman. It’s highly, highly unlikely to have any kind of intent behind it, but Sox skipper Tony La Russa was nonetheless quite displeased, as you’ll soon see:

Tony La Russa is not pleased after Jose Abreu is hit by a pitch.

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La Russa has long bristled at seeing his hitters get drilled up and in, and in Abreu’s case he’s worn it quite a bit this season. He was hit by a pitch 22 times during the regular season and once previously in this ALDS. Add in the frustrations of a White Sox team about to be eliminated, and it’s not surprising that La Russa got hot over this. It didn’t help his mood when both benches were warned:

Tony La Russa continuing to speak with umpires after José Abreu was hit by a pitch.

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The benches never cleared, but you still might consider this to be the latest installment of the La Russa-Dusty Baker hostilities.

Bottom Of The Eighth: Astros 7 White Sox 1

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The bottom of the inning featured some drama, but not exactly the kind the White Sox were looking for. José Abreu was hit by a Kendall Graveman 94 mph fastball, which isn’t necessarily anything new for the HBP-prone first baseman. But Tony La Russa took exception and got his money’s worth as warnings were issued to both dugouts. Carlos Rodón hit Jose Altuve earlier in the game.

Tony La Russa continuing to speak with umpires after José Abreu was hit by a pitch.

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Top Of The Third: Astros 2 White Sox 1

After a couple promising innings, Carlos Rodón unraveled in the third, hitting Jose Altuve and walking Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez before giving up a two-run double to Carlos Correa. Michael Kopech, who was said to be unavailable Tuesday, came in to clean things up and end the threat.

James Fegan: Rodón dialed up his top velocity as needed like he was able to in the stronger portion of his season. The slider was more consistently in the low-80s, rather than the hardest version of the pitch that he’s flaunted at times in his career, which can tickle 90 mph. But his control and pace dissipated during the third inning.

Sam Blum: That two-run double for Carlos Correa came on a 97 mile per hour fastball, the hardest pitch since the first inning for Rodón. He was clearly trying to put that long inning to bed right there. Instead, he allows the hit and is pulled from the game. It’s 2-1, Astros.

The White Sox Failed To Execute The Big Pitch

The Sox led by a run in the third inning of Game 4, but the Astros had the bases loaded with two outs. Starter Carlos Rodón threw two strikes to get ahead of Carlos Correa.

The All-Star shortstop lined the next pitch to left field for a two-run double, giving the Astros the lead on the way to the series-deciding 10-1 victory.

Two-out RBIs became a theme in the game, with the Astros collecting eight. The Sox struggled to make the big pitch throughout the series.

The Astros had three two-out RBIs in the 6-1 win in Game 1 and four two-out RBIs in the 9-4 victory in Game 2. They had three two-out RBIs in Game 3, but Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal credited his teams execution for leading to 16 strikeouts in the 12-6 victory Sunday.

We finally made pitches with two strikes, Grandal said after the game. That seemed to be like the story in the first two games. We would get them to two strikes and then we couldnt just put them away.

Its a veteran lineup. They know exactly what they want to do.

Those players, such as Correa and Jose Altuve who had a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth against Liam Hendriks to serve as an exclamation point came through in the clutch situations Tuesday to wrap up the series.

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Breakout Star Of The Series

58 sparkplug Leury García has become a fan-favorite thanks to his energetic post-May performance, ability to play six different positions, and status as longest-tenured player on the team , and while hes a key cog that makes the lineup function, hes not likely to be the difference-maker in this series.

That top-six of the Sox lineup has plenty of name recognition and star power, so if anybody introduces themself to a national audience at the best possible time, Im putting my money on the aforementioned Gavin Sheets, whose unexpected development and penchant for big home runs have already endeared him to fans who have seen a complete dearth of home-grown position player talent in recent years. A second-round pick out of Wake Forest in 2017, Sheets was initially called up in late June amid a rash of injuries and proceeded to slash .250/.324/.506 with 11 home runs in just 179 plate appearances, setting White Sox records with eight RBI over his first four games in the Majors.

Chicago White Sox Vs Houston Astros : Cundo Y A Qu Hora Ver En Vivo El Juego 4 De Los Playoffs De La Mlb 2021

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Highlights October 12, 2021 – MLB Highlights | MLB Season 2021

Este gran Juego 4 entre Chicago White Sox y Houston Astros se llevará a este martes 12 de octubre del 2021 en el Guaranteed Rate Field desde las 14:07 hs , 13:07 hs , 12:07 hs y 11:07 hs de los Estados Unidos.

Día: Martes 12 de octubre del 2021.Hora en Estados Unidos: 14:07 hs , 13:07 hs , 12:07 hs y 11:07 hs .Lugar: Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Houston Astros Get Last Laugh On Ryan Tepera And The Chicago White Sox

Even if the Astros were up to some fishy stuff in Houston, Chicago needed to hold serve in both home games to force a Game 5 down 0-2 in the best-of-five series. While they got it done in Game 3, it was a bad effort and even worse execution across the board for the South Siders in Game 4. Manager Tony La Russa deserves some blame, but the whole team underperformed.

Tepera once again proves you should never even remotely think about poking the bear.

The La Russa Hire Achieved Little

Prior to this season, the White Sox parted ways with manager Rick Renteria despite the fact that he guided them to a 35-25 record in the abbreviated season and their first playoff berth since 2008. Replacing him was Tony La Russa, reportedly at the behest of owner Jerry Reinsdorf. The La Russa hire was made despite the fact that he was 76 years of age and hadn’t managed since 2011.

Given the curious nature of the hire, the 2021 season was always going to be a referendum on the decision. Well, the returns are in, and it didn’t accomplish much. During the regular season, the Sox under La Russa had a worse win percentage than they did in 2020 under Renteria , and that’s despite the fact that the AL Central was a substantially easier division this year. And just like last year under Renteria, the Sox under La Russa in 2021 won only one playoff game and were bounced in the opening round. All of that becomes even more damning once you consider that the Sox this past offseason added Lance Lynn and Liam Hendriks to the fold and were highly active leading up to the July 30 trade deadline.

Thus far, the decision to bring back La Russa has been a bust.

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Astros Thump White Sox Put Chicago On Brink Of Alds Sweep

The Houston Astros pummelled the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Friday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series.

Tied 4-4 heading into the 7th inning, the Astros erupted for five runs, punctuated by Kyle Tucker‘s two-run homer off Craig Kimbrel.

Astros reliever Ryne Stanek earned the win while Aaron Bummer was tagged with the loss.

“This is a big-inning team,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. “People wonder why we don’t bunt or squeeze, which I believe in also, but you’re keeping the other team in the game by keeping the game close.”

The Astros, who have home-field advantage, won the first two games at Minute Maid Park. The series now moves to Chicago, with Guaranteed Rate Field hosting Game 3 Sunday. If the White Sox win, they’ll also host Game 4 Monday. A winner-take-all Game 5 will be held Wednesday in Houston, if necessary.

Despite being in an 0-2 hole, White Sox star Tim Anderson shared some optimism.

“It ain’t over,” the All-Star shortstop said, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. “We still got a shot.”

The Astros are now the ninth team in history to win the opening two games of a postseason by a margin of five or more runs, joining the 2019 New York Yankees, 2017 Astros, 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers, 2004 St. Louis Cardinals, 2004 Boston Red Sox, 1997 Baltimore Orioles, 1975 Cincinnati Reds, and 1937 Yankees, according to MLB.com’s Sarah Langs.

Deep Lineups Lead The Way

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Both of these teams have solid pitching staffs, but theres no doubt each is here predominantly because of their offenses.

Lets start with the Astros. Without any trash cans, Houston is first in the majors in runs scored , batting average , on-base percentage and third in slugging percentage .

For starters, the lineup is deep. It has five different players who drove in more than 80 runs, eight players who hit at least 12 home runs and 10 players with a WAR of 1.4 or better.

Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurriel, Kyle Tucker the names are the same, theyve been in the postseason before, so thats what makes this team dangerous.

But dont sleep on the White Sox. The White Sox ranked in the top 10 in on-base percentage , batting average , runs and slugging percentage .

Remarkably, despite generating so many runs, Chicago had just one player with more than 62 RBIs. Of course, that was Jose Abreu, who finished second in all of baseball with 117.

And dont forget about the depth of this lineup: Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimnez and Leury Garcia. Theres plenty of pop there as well.

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The White Sox Face Many Questions This Postseason

The Sox hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa to help the team take the next step after being eliminated by the Oakland Athletics in the 2020 AL wild-card series. While the franchise reached the postseason in consecutive years for the first time ever, they once again were eliminated in their first series with only one win to show for it.

The Sox have many decisions on the horizon. Whats next for La Russa?

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He indicated hell consult with management and players when he was asked about returning next season. During a news conference Tuesday while discussing the teams struggles at slowing down the opposing teams running game, La Russa said it will be an area of a lot of focus and attention in spring training.

What are the teams plans for reliever Craig Kimbrel and second baseman César Hernández?

Two of the trades made in July didnt pan out as the Sox had hoped. Kimbrel has a $16 million team option for 2022. USA Todays Bob Nightengale tweeted Wednesday that the Sox are expected to pick up the option and trade him this offseason.

Hernández has a $6 million club option in 2022 with no buyout, according to spotrac.com.

Will the 2022 rotation include Rodón?

After being nontendered in December, Rodón returned to the Sox on a one-year deal. He will be a free agent this offseason.

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