Let’s recap this one by the numbers…
One-plus: The amount of innings Carlos Rodon pitched.
Eight: The amount of runs Rodon allowed. Rodon was a mess, allowing six hits and four walks while throwing just 34 of 66 pitches for strikes. Two of those runs crossed in the first on a two-out double by Jake Cave, followed by six in the second. Maybe Rodon should’ve recorded one out in the first, as a pop-up fell in shallow center field because Ryan Cordell lost track of it …
White Sox fans know what "Devil's Triangle" really means. pic.twitter.com/NIvuVohzh3
— Jim Margalus (@SoxMachine) September 29, 2018
… but Rodon wasn’t going to be long for the game regardless.
.452/.595/1.000: The line allowed to left-handed batters by Rodon over 39 plate appearances in September. Lefties reached base successfully all three times up tonight, with Joe Mauer walking and singling, and Cave doubling.
4-3: The scoring on a slick ranging play and cross-body throw by Yoan Moncada. Moncada also came through with a pair of doubles and struck out only once, so he won’t set the individual strikeout record.
1-6-3: The scoring on a confusing putout in the eighth. Thyago Vieira fielded a comebacker, spun to second and threw to Jose Rondon … who was not covering second. Moncada was on the bag, while Rondon was to the shortstop side of it. Rondon looked a little surprised to be receiving the throw, and instead of running at second and hoping Moncada would get out of the way to preserve a force play, Rondon got rid of the ball and fired to first to get the out there.
1,579: The number of strikeouts by White Sox hitters on the season, which is now a major league record. The Sox only needed two to set it, and they crossed it off the list as soon as they could, with Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez striking out looking against Kyle Gibson to start the game.
2: Amount of catchers used by the White Sox, as Omar Narvaez departed the game early because of back stiffness. He contributed an RBI single to the cause in the first.
3: The number of runs scored by the White Sox tonight. They tacked on two in the ninth when the Twins blew a pair of comebackers themselves with poor throws to first (Rondon was banged up on the second one, awkwardly dragging a foot while trying to avoid a lunging first baseman, but he stayed in the game).
No. 3: The pick the White Sox will have in the 2019 MLB draft. Tonight’s loss locked it in, as they would win a tiebreaker against Miami if they finished with the same record.
Record: 62-99 | Box score