You've gotta hit it far if you homer to dead center at Comerica Park, and that’s exactly what Yoan Moncada did in tonight’s 7-3 Chicago White Sox win at Detroit.
Moncada started the game off with a bang as he cranked a rocket going 458 feet, the longest home run of his career. He must have been trying to hit it to the hotel where Tim Anderson was watching the game.
It was a chilly night in Detroit, 42 degrees to be exact, and 30 degrees with the wind chill, but that didn't seem to bother Carlos Rodón. Rodón still pitched with no undershirt, beerleaguer style, loose top button and all. Rodón came out shoving pitches down the Tigers’ throats in his second quality start in a row: six innings, striking out six, walking three and allowing just three hits and one earned run on a home run from Josh Harrison. Rodón also came out with the win, moving up to 3-2, and lowering his ERA to 2.89.
Here’s a fun tweet for us Sox fans on Rodón, who was clearly unbothered by the cold and wind. Can’t wait until the day we get to see him pitch in October.
Carlos Rodón is not sure how cold it would have to be to get him to wear an undershirt, but he said he felt warm in 39 degrees with high winds and rain. He said he’d be happy to find out what his breaking point is by pitching deep into October someday— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 20, 2019
The White Sox weren't able to break a 1-1 tie until the fifth inning, as Jordan Zimmermann gave up a good ol’ bases-loaded walk to Moncada. This is where Ron Gardenhire came out arguing with the ump, leading him to be ejected. Not quite sure what Gardenhire was arguing, as all five of Zimmermann’s pitches in the sequence were out of the zone. With both the Sox and Tigers going without their skipper for the game, the stage was set for the White Sox to break things open. José Abreu had a bases-loaded opportunity, but fouled out to second. Luckily, he made up for it later in the game.
The seventh inning is where the Sox were really able to break the game open. Leury García singled home Ryan Cordell and Yolmer Sánchez, knocking Zimmermann out of the game. Daniel Stumpf relieved and immediately gave up a single to Moncada, followed right up by a double for Abreu, which scored García and Moncada. With those two RBIs, it marked Abreu’s 500th career run batted in. The Sox were able to get one more run, with a Yonder Alonso single scoring Abreu.
Another milestone in the books! José Abreu drives home career RBI no. 500! pic.twitter.com/ASht4ndjOy— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 20, 2019
Ryan Burr came out for the seventh and was looking good until he allowed Grayson Greiner his first major league home run. After that, Burr was able to finish off the inning with no problems. Jace Fry had a clean eighth with two strikeouts, including freezing up future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera for a nice backwards “K.”
The Sox headed into the ninth leading 7-2, and Alex Colomé was in to close it out. Not quite sure why he came into a game where Chicago had a five-run lead, but that’s what happened. Niko Goodrum led off with a solo shot to right. Jeimer Candelario then doubled to left. Sánchez was in perfect position for a double play line drive, which allowed him to toss it to García for the out at second as Candelario took off running to third. Eloy Jiménez then had a rather ugly play in the outfield, misplaying a ball to allow our old pal Gordon Beckham to double. But the rally was quickly diffused, as Greiner lined out to center.
One thing to note tonight is Ryan Cordell. Cordell was 1-for-3 with a single, walk and a stolen base, as well as a couple nice plays out in right field, despite the wind and rain. I am all for the “Ryan Cordell experiment,” as I call it.
Ryan Cordell can get on ⬆️⬆️⬆️ pic.twitter.com/bF4Shj40Gf— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 20, 2019
The White Sox beat the Tigers, 7-3, without their red-hot hitter, Anderson, or manager. Tomorrow, the Sox will look to ensure at least a series split with their team back to full strength.
Ervin Santana will take the bump tomorrow against Daniel Norris of the Tigers. Gametime is 12:10 p.m. CT, and the delightful barbs of Year of the Hamster will anchor coverage.