Lawrie’s smooth transition to second base is one reason why the White Sox have improved defensively this season. The error was his fourth in 38 games.
Overall, the White Sox defense entered Sunday seventh in Ultimate Zone Rating (4.8) and 13th in Defensive Runs Saved (5). Those figures are much higher than in 2015 when the White Sox finished in the bottom three in the majors in both categories.
It was the second time in the contest where a throw by Lawrie later resulted in a run. He made a nice play and one-hopped a throw to Jose Abreu in the first inning in an attempt to throw out Ellsbury. But Abreu couldn’t scoop it and Ellsbury would score on a Beltran sac fly.
The White Sox were also charged with a second error in the seventh inning for catcher’s interference on Alex Avila.
Prior to Sunday, the White Sox hadn’t committed an error since April 30, when they made two.
After months of treatment, constant updates on social media and nationwide support, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared the news he hoped to hear for over a year. His daughter, Leah’s cancer is officially in remission.
“Today we received news from Leah’s oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling,” Still said in an announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page.
“That was as good as we’ve seen Cole in a while,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, “so give him credit. … There’s nothing to complain about. Just a really well-played baseball game and we got beat today.”
A Zobrist double and an Addison Russell infield single were the only two legit hits off Cole all day.
Jon Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Starling Marte singled to right field on Lester’s 101st pitch of the day. Two batters later, Jung Ho Kang drilled a double in the gap and the Pirates were on the board.