Floyd exits early in White Sox seventh straight loss

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Floyd exits early in White Sox seventh straight loss

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
Updated 1:21 AM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

OAKLAND It was a game that had all the marks of a Little League makeup game, a March high school game forced inside a gymnasium due to snow, or, well; any recent vintage Chicago White Sox tilt.

The Oakland Athletics were the latest ballclub drawn into the South Siders malaise, matching the visitors gaffe-for-gaffe before breaking through with a seventh-inning rally that erupted from ano kiddingsingle, sacrifice bunterror, bunt single and fielders choice.

Daric Barton was the author of the phantom game-winning RBI in that seventh, and the As would later fully anesthetize the Chisox by plating a couple of two-out runs on a Kurt Suzuki single in the frame. It put Oakland up by the eventual final score, 3-0.

For those fans at home who will be waiting for the Easter Bunny come April, Chicagos seventh straight loss coupled with another (what-new) Twins win drops Minnesotas magic number to clinch the A.L. Central to two.

From the White Sox standpoint, of utmost concern was an injury to starter Gavin Floyd that sidelined the starter just seven pitches into the game, as he battled Oakland leadoff hitter Rajai Davis.

We have to wait and see how he feels tomorrow, Guillen offered as an initial prognosis. Theres no reason to risk this kids year, or career. If we have to well keep fighting with the rest of the guys.

I went out there and let it go, spinning some curveballs, and it felt progressively inflamed, Floyd said. It felt like it wasnt getting better, and I felt it every pitch. I tried to fight through it, even through warm-ups, and felt like maybe it was going to get better, but it got progressively worse when I started throwing other pitches. When I get out there, and I get extension, thats when it bothers me.

Chicagos Tony Pena again delivered yeoman work on short notice, following his sterling start Aug. 21 vs. the Kansas City Royals with Monday nights six innings of six-hit, scoreless ball, striking out three and walking two.

I was surprised, said Pena, who earned the win vs. the Royals but took a no-decision on Monday. They told me I had to be ready because Floyd wasnt feeling good, get in the bullpen and youre going to have a chance to go in the game.

In Kansas City, I got a chance to start and threw seven innings for the win. Tonight, I felt good. My arm feels good. I feel like I can do this.

He was unbelievable, Guillen said. He might take Gavins spot. Im not going to pitch Gavin unless hes 200 percent. Im not taking the chance of further injury.

Oaklands pitching held the White Sox to just four hits and one extra-base knock, an Andruw Jones flyball that Chris Carter misplayed and Jones blasd into a double.

Chicago was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base in the game, courtesy of free passes from As hurlers. The assault was led by starter and ex-White Sox prospect Gio Gonzalez, who threw six innings of four-hit, shutout ball, striking out seven.

He threw a lot of strikes, Guillen said. He always had confidence in himself and wanted to be good, to be noticed. Hes matured, and he throws more strikes. Today every time he got in trouble, he could throw breaking balls for strikes.

Chisox catcher Ramon Castro had a game of limited distinction, leaving five men on base with two outs (and six total) in the game en route to an 0-for-4, career-high three-strikeout night.

Very bad, Guillen said of his teams offensive game. When we got something going with two out, we struck out. I dont know if it was a late night last night, but today was kind of flat. If we have to make an excuse, then thats the excuse for the way we played today. Hopefully, tomorrow we get our emotions back.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

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.