Two hits? Why yes because there IS no offense for the White Sox. An error? CHECK! Because what would a White Sox game be without at least one lapse in defensive play. A complete game pitched by the dude with possibly the nastiest hair in baseball? CHECK! Jeff Samardzija pitched a complete game shut out to make the Sox look stupid in game one of the most annoying series in baseball.
At least he didn’t plunk anyone like he did last year at Wrigley. Jose Quintana started off not too badly. Then he just started issuing free passes left and right tonight. I don’t expect the pitching to be “perfect” every time out, but with the lack of offense that is so common these days, we as fans kind of need that to happen so that the team has a fighting chance to win a game once in a while. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case tonight. To top it off, there was the strikeout that wasn’t when Tyler Flowers threw the ball to first base in such a way as it just never was close to Paul Konerko’s glove so that the 2-3 strikeout could happen. Not that it mattered because the Cubs were already on the board and the Sox had yet to get a hit at that point anyway.
It would be nice to say it is just one game, but it really isn’t. Tonight’s loss puts the White Sox five games out of first place and a game below .500. These games are supposed to be a time for the Sox to move well above that mythical mark. Now, they are just making it harder to do. Tomorrow, the Chicago “World Series” will continue with Chris Sale squaring off against former southsider Edwin Jackson. It would be really great if the Sox didn’t make him look phenomenal and let him get his second win of the season.