ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yoán Moncada scored from first base on a single in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Saturday night.
Moncada drew a walk off Adam Kolarek (3-3) to lead off the 11th, and sprinted around the bases when José Abreu punched a single into right field off Chaz Roe.
Jace Fry (2-4) got the win in relief, and Alex Colomé pitched the 11th for his 21st save in 22 attempts.
The loss was Tampa Bay’s season-high fifth straight and dropped the Rays 10 games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
James McCann’s home run off Emilio Pagán had tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Avisaíl García led off the Tampa Bay seventh with a long home run off Lucas Giolito to break a scoreless tie. His first homer since June 29 struck a banner over the upper deck above left field at Tropicana Field. It was his 13th of the season.
Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, left after injuring his left hand while beating out an infield single with a head-first slide. The Rays called the injury a left thumb sprain and will re-evaluate the injury on Sunday.
Kiermaier missed much of last season with torn ligaments in his right hand, and broke his left wrist in 2016.
Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough, who pitched six perfect innings of relief Sunday at Baltimore before giving up a ninth-inning single, was perfect through the first four innings again Saturday. McCann, who entered the game on a 1-for-20 stretch, led off the fifth with a clean single, Chicago’s first hit and one of only two off Yarbrough in six innings.
Giolito had one of his his best starts since making the AL All-Star team by winning eight straight starts in May and early June. He struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings while giving up seven hits and one walk.
The Rays are 2 for 32 with runners in scoring position during their skid.
Rays manager Kevin Cash tweaked his lineup by having 1B Ji-Man Choi hit leadoff for the first time in his major league career, and García made his first regular-season start in center field since 2013. “We’re trying to get something to spark us,” Cash said. Through a translator, Choi said he was “surprised,” while García had “1,000 percent” confidence in playing center.
White Sox: RHP Kelvin Herrera was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Thursday with a right oblique strain. … SS Tim Anderson (right ankle sprain) will be evaluated in Chicago on Monday before going on a rehab assignment. … OF Eloy Jimenez (right ulnar nerve contusion) is waiting for the inflammation to go down before resuming baseball activities.
Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek was placed on the 10-day injured list due to nagging right hip soreness. Cash is hopeful that the reliever-opener will have a short stint on the IL. … Roe (right flexor strain) was reinstated from the 10-day IL.
CHICAGO --The Hoxton, a boutique hotel in the Fulton Market District, is home to a pair of restaurants that should be on your radar.
On the ground floor is Cira, which begins at the lobby and its magnificent bar and extends all the way to the open kitchen in back. Chef Chris Pandel's food has a Mediterranean focus, but that focus has pretty flexible boundaries.
And so the pasta program will include an all-Italian pistachio ravioli, with saffron-orange butter, pistachio and breadcrumbs; and manti, which are Turkish dumplings, filled with lamb and served with yogurt and charred tomatoes.
Other interesting dishes include a nontraditional taramasalata, made with hearth-smoked mackerel whipped into the spread, and fish roe – trout in this case – placed on top. The must-try entree is the brodetto, a harissa-spiced seafood stew with clams, mussels, blood sausage and chorizo. And for dessert, try the mille feuille, a puff-pastry base topped with honey-sweetened tahini and malted-honey ice cream.
Upstairs – I mean all the way upstairs – is Cabra, a rooftop restaurant that shares space with the hotel's pool. There is outdoor seating, but most of the dining room, including the ceviche bar, can be protected from the elements.
Small plates dominate the menu. The snapper ceviche is a star, mingling with trout roe and dragonfruit over a leche de tigre mixed with ponzu. Causa is a layered dish with a base of mashed Peruvian potatoes; Izard's version is made with Hawaiian red crab, avocado and pickled green mango.
Flaky, baked empanadas are irresistible, whether it's the chicken empanadas with pecan-chimichurri sauce, or the goat empanadas with huacatay mayo.
The big dish is called chicharron del puerco, a massive pork shank whose crispy skin masks super-tender meat. It's very rich, but oh, so good, served with pickled vegetables, soft flatbread and a quartet of dipping sauces.
Fun-desserts include sweet potato doughnuts and various soft-serves; I recommend the mango mint, a tall portion of mango sorbet with minted cream, lime sugar and chocolate crumbles.
Cira and Cabra are at 200 North Green Street. Let's make it three stars for Cabra and two stars for Cira, both bright new additions to the Fulton Market dining scene.
Dear Tom, Chicago’s weather records have come from several places since their inception. They’re at O’Hare now, but what other locations have been used? — Gary Walters, Chicago
Chicago’s “official” weather records — those that constitute the database from which the city’s normals, means and extremes are calculated — have been taken at four primary locations: downtown Chicago, the University of Chicago, Midway Airport and O’Hare International Airport. Chicago’s continuous weather observations date from Oct. 15, 1870, when a federal weather office was established at 181 W. Washington St. under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Signal Service. The office was located at several downtown locations through Dec. 31, 1925, then at the University of Chicago through June 30, 1942, then at Midway Airport through Jan. 16, 1980, and at O’Hare since then.
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is no longer in effect for the Chicago area. Strong storms have weakened/moved off to the east. Gusty winds 30 to 45 mph and brief heavy rains were reported in many areas, but damage reports were confined mainly to scattered tree damage and some localized flooding in Lake County, IL. Trees were downed or large branches broken off in Genoa, Crystal Lake, Marengo, Ridgefield and Loves Park.
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Pat Fitzgerald is as passionate as they come in the coaching world. Whether on the sidelines or at the podium, Fitzgerald doesn't hold back.
At Big Ten Media Days Friday, Coach Fitz was asked about the declining attendance in college football. His explanation? Phones.
"Stacy and I were out on a date last night. There were two groups of couples sitting next to us. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m old.’ Not one of the four couples were talking to each other. They were all on their phones. It just drove me up the wall. I literally wanted to be like a dad and go, ‘Give me your phone. Talk to each other. I mean this is pathetic.’ It was really, really pathetic. It’s just changed. The way a lot of younger people and younger fans intake is all through technology. You watch a concert and everybody’s holding their phone up. Listen! Watch! Take it in! Create a memory. They don’t go back and watch the videos. They just want to post it on their social media, which is pathetic because it creates a society of ‘Look at me! Isn’t my life great?’ Even though when they go home they’re like ‘I hate myself. I hate my life. Everything’s wrong.’ I think it’s a big cause. I think it’s the root cause."
According to the NCAA, Northwestern actually had the largest average attendance increase from the previous year with around eight thousand more fans buying tickets. But, on the whole, numbers were from Division I through Division III.
"I think the fans that grew up going and tailgating, and the fans that grew up going to the stadiums four hours before the games are getting a little older. I think the next and younger generation of fans are more reliant on technology. They’d rather have twelve TVs set up in their TV watching cave than go to the game and experience the pageantry and tailgating. There’s definitely things we need to look at as a brand “college football” on how we can maybe create that type of environment and experience while respecting our communities and our neighborhoods to make sure the experiences that are happening don’t impede on those neighborhoods. Gotta create better parties I guess. When I think of college football Saturdays, I’ve said it every year, I want to create seven parties. I want everyone that walks into our building to walk in and say ‘I’m excited to watch this game. I’m having a great time. I’m fired up to support the Cats.’ They walk out of there going ‘that was one of the best experiences of my life. I want to go back two weeks from now.' That’s kind of my goal when it comes to gameday. I’ve got a small piece of that controlling the product on the field. That’s kind of our goal - improving that fan experience. That’s next in our big picture plan of some infrastructure changes down the road."
The rash of showers and thunderstorms
this afternoon has brought in cooler
much less humid air - thus the Heat
Advisory is no longer in effect for
the portion of the Chicago area north
The following counties (pink-shaded area on the headlined map)continue under
the Heat Advisory until 7PM CDT this Saturday evening: Ford, Grundy, Iroquois,
Kankakee, Will, LaSalle, Livingston Counties in Illinois and Benton, Jasper,
Lake, Newton and Porter Counties in Indiana.