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White Sox 2, Astros 0: The Jonathan Cannon game

White Sox 2, Astros 0: The Jonathan Cannon game

I would be remiss if I didn’t start this recap with the news that Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays passed away this afternoon. Mays was the best to play the game. Dante Jones wrote a beautiful tribute to Mays after the news broke.

His death comes two days before the Cardinals and Giants take the field at historic Rickwood Field, where Mays got his start in the Negro Leagues, for the Birmingham Black Barons. Mays was scheduled to attend the Rickwood Classic but was unable to attend due to his health.

Fans at Rickwood Field, where our Double-A Birmingham Barons hosted the Montgomery Biscuits, mourned the death after hearing the devastating news.

Our thoughts are with the Mays family and fans everywhere. Mays will be greatly missed.


Now on with the game. The Astros were without two of their star players, Kyle Tucker and Yordan Álvarez. Tucker took a foul ball to the shin two weeks ago and Álvarez is out due to a family matter.

The first inning was sprinkled with two hits, a single for Alex Bregman and then one for Andrew Vaughn off Framber Valdez. The second inning was even more lackluster for both teams.

Korey Lee drew a walk to start the bottom of the third inning before the game was briefly halted as Astros manager Joe Espada was ejected after complaining about a questionable call by José Altuve in the top of the inning.

Danny Mendick singled when play resumed, and a wild pitch by Valdez during Tommy Pham’s at-bat allowed Lee and Mendick to advance to second and third with no outs. Pham drew a walk to load the bases, while Valdez struggled to control his curveball. The Astros attempted a double play with Vaughn’s broken-bat grounder, but failed on a high flip by Jeremy Peña. Lee scored and Mendick moved up to third with Pham out in second and Vaughn safely in first.

In revenge, Peña initiated another double play and succeeded on a grounder by Luis Robert Jr. in to end the inning. The White Sox had their first lead of the game at 1-0.

The fourth was a dull inning, with Cannon allowing only one hit, a single by Alex Bregman. Valdez mowed down the White Sox with a 1-2-3 inning.

Cannon had a quick inning with help from Korey Lee who shot Trey Cabbage who tried to steal second; Lee simply crushes the hopes of most base-stealers with lightning-fast pop time and strong arm.

Corey Julks drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning, followed by another walk for Lee and again for Pham. Julks later scored on a Vaughn single, but with two on and two out, Robert ended the inning with a liner.

Due to his dominant presence, Cannon was back on the mound for the eighth inning and closed the score 1-2-3, eliminating the Astros through eight with an economical 93 pitches.

The rookie came back for the ninth and delivered a complete game watch. With one out to go, Cannon unfortunately gave up two hits and was pulled with 106 pitches. Boo! Right move, but still boo. John Brebbia took his place on the mound and ended the game when Caratini grounded to first base. Cannon earned his first win in the Majors, eliminating the Astros.


Futility watch

White socks 2024 record 20–54, worst 74-game start in White Sox history (3 1⁄2 games ahead of second-worst, 1948 White Sox)
White Sox 2024 Run Differential -153, tied for the 29th worst 74-game start in history
White Sox season record pace 2024 44-118 (.270)
Race to worst ‘modern’ 162-game record (2003 Tigers, 43-119) 1 game behind
Race to worst ‘modern’ record in a 162-game season (1962 Mets40-120) 3 games behind
Race to most White Sox losses (1970, 106) 12 games ahead
Race to Worst White Sox Record (1932, 52-109-1*) Still 8 ½ games to go
Race to Worst American League Record (1916 A’s, 38-124*) 6 games behind
*record adjusted to a 162-game season


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Who was your White Sox MVP for tonight’s win?

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    Jonathan Kanon: 8 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 4 K

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Who was your White Sox Cold Cat?

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    Luis Robert Jr.: 0-for-4, 1 K

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    Paul DeJong: 0-for-3, 3 K

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    Andrew Benintendi: 0-for-3, 1 K

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    Pedro Grifol: for everything, but also for pulling guns

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