White Sox fail to support Sale, fall in extra innings


White Sox fail to support Sale, fall in extra innings

The White Sox offense is in a funk and Zack Greinke didnt relent on Friday night.

The Milwaukee Brewers' ace kept the White Sox off the board long enough for his own offense to outlast Chris Sale as the Brewers won 1-0 in 10 innings in front of 22,798 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rickie Weeks singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning against Jesse Crain to earn a victory for Greinke, who pitched nine scoreless innings. John Axford pitched a scoreless inning to earn the save.

Greinke and Axford combined to silence the White Sox, who scored fewer than three runs for the sixth time in nine games.

Milwaukee didnt have much luck against Sale or Addison Reed, but Crain was a different story. Aramis Ramirez started the 10th inning with a double into the left-field corner. Ramirez moved to third on Crains wild pitch, and one out later, Weeks singled past a drawn-in infield for the games first run.

The White Sox got a leadoff walk in the 10 th by Gordon Beckham but Axford struck out Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko grounded into a game-ending double play.

Sale bounced back from last Fridays outing in Los Angeles, his worst performance of the season. The left-hander kept a Milwaukee Brewers lineup that entered the game fourth in the National League in run scored off the board for eight outstanding innings.

After he allowed several deep fly balls early, Sale settled in, especially in the middle innings. He struck out five batters in the fourth and fifth innings and finished with seven. Two strikeouts were especially key after Weeks doubled with one out in the fifth inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sale rebounded to escape the jam with punch outs of Cody Ransom and Martin Maldonado.

Sale, who threw strikes on 70 of 109 pitches and only allowed five men on base, pitched around another double in the eighth inning and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.

Greinke was even better than his young counterpart.

The 2009 American League Cy Young winner didnt give the White Sox many chances.
Pitching even more efficiently than Sale, Greinke only allowed four runners on base through nine innings. None stayed long either, as Greinke induced double play balls in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.

Greinke also pitched five 1-2-3 innings and retired 10 in a row and 15 of 16 at one point.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.