The Chicago White Sox have signed Mike Pelfrey to a minor league contract.
Pelfrey was just released by the Tigers, who still owe him $8 million on the two-year deal he signed in December of 2015. In the first year of that deal he posted a 5.07 ERA in 24 games, 22 of which came as a starter. Now he’ll report to Triple-A Charlotte and try to make it back to the bigs.
There are worse places for him to try to do that than the south side of Chicago. The Sox are rebuilding and rebuilding clubs need cannon fodder just as much as they need effective starters. With Carlos Rodon nursing a biceps injury, most of the future starters for the Sox too young to risk overworking and Jose Quintana on the trading block, there will likely be innings to be eaten at Guaranteed Rate Field before the the weather gets too hot.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.