CHICAGO -- In Ken "Hawk" Harrelson's final game in the broadcast booth, the White Sox would have liked nothing more than to send out the iconic broadcaster with one more win. Instead, the hosts sent him off with an on-field ovation Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.Carlos Rodon turned in his
CHICAGO -- In Ken "Hawk" Harrelson's final game in the broadcast booth, the White Sox would have liked nothing more than to send out the iconic broadcaster with one more win. Instead, the hosts sent him off with an on-field ovation Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Carlos Rodon turned in his shortest outing of the year and gave up a season-high six runs as the visiting Cubs took the Crosstown Cup finale, 6-1, from the White Sox. The overall season series between the intracity rivals ends with the Cubs winning four of the six games.
"I got my butt whupped today," Rodon said. "It just sucks, especially with a big series and Hawk's last day announcing. I wish I could take all this back and do it over. I went out there and did the best I could and just definitely came up a little short."
"He had good stuff, but he was obviously getting hit around a little bit, pitches out over the plate. They came out very aggressive," manager Rick Renteria said. "And when I took him out, at that point there was no need for me to allow him to work through it, it just wasn't going to happen, where we were going to have to stop a big inning as quickly as possible."
Rodon appeared to have nothing working in his 2 1/3 innings, surrendering nine hits. The Cubs scored in the first inning, collecting three runs largely thanks to Anthony Rizzo's RBI double.
Following Kyle Schwarber's deep RBI double in the third inning, Renteria came out to get the left-hander, who did not appear happy. Rodon said the frustration came from his performance on Harrelson's last game rather than being angry at Renteria for the third-inning hook.
That frustration manifested in a clubhouse talk between the two immediately after Rodon exited.
"As a competitor, you want to stay out there. But I'm not going to lie to you, the right move was made to bring in another arm," Rodon said. "I just wasn't getting it done. Me, being the competitor, I want to stay out there. He's not wrong. He's right."
"He's upset because he's trying to do well, especially against the Cubbies," Renteria said. "They're the ones competing. I understand it. One has to be the parent, one is the child, you have to understand it, you take into account everything that's going on, you talk to them about it, you explain to them who the enemy is and who the enemy isn't, bring it back into perspective, very calmly and very succinctly."
Overall, Rodon said he felt like his command was good but the Cubs' approach was impressive and they were able to adjust quickly to his pitches.
"[Daniel Murphy] made me scratch my head a little bit, just taking the ball the other way, right over short," Rodon said. "That second at-bat he did it again on a slider, I looked at him and he gave me a shrug. I tipped my cap to that. It was impressive. Good at-bats. I just got beat today."
Offensively, the White Sox could not get anything going against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. The South Siders managed just four hits off the righty, with Welington Castillo and Tim Anderson both recording a double and single each. Anderson drove Castillo home from second with a ground-rule double in the fifth for the only White Sox run.
The White Sox came out of the dugout after the final out and saluted Harrelson in the broadcast booth with a team-wide tip of the cap.
"We had resolve to go ahead and do it, regardless, win or loss," Renteria said. "In a loss, it's obviously very difficult, but in a situation like this, it's someone who's near and dear to everybody's heart. He's been here a long time doing it, and everybody loves him. It was the right thing to do to stay out there."
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Ryan Burr and Thyago Vieira proved the highlights of an impressive bullpen-wide effort after Rodon's exit. Both relievers contributed two scoreless innings and worked out of multiple jams.
"They ate up some outs. [Burr] looked very good," Renteria said. "I know he got into a little trouble, but he ended up doing a nice job and getting out of it, managed more outs than we would've thought. … Both did a nice job of containing the opposition, with the Cubbies, who have a pretty good lineup. But everybody did."
HE SAID IT
"We see it not only in the Cubs, we've seen it with the Astros, the Indians, a multitude of clubs that have gone through that process. The Braves. It took the Braves four years. It took the Astros four or five years. It's a process that if you get frustrated along the way -- which it can become frustrating because you want to win more games than not -- if you really keep perspective of what you're trying to do in the long term and really understand and appreciate what we have coming and the guys that are here working to try to remain with us, it's hard for me to explain to the fans other than my own belief that what we have coming is going to be something that is going to be very fruitful in the near future." -- Renteria, on viewing the Cubs as a potential model for success for the White Sox rebuild
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The White Sox begin their final home series of the season by welcoming in the Indians for three games starting Monday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.33 ERA) makes his third start since rejoining the rotation. He struggled in his first outing back but then threw six scoreless innings in his last start. Corey Kluber (19-7, 2.93) goes for Cleveland.
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.