What a game! THAT is how you come back from a disappointing loss. The series is now tied at one.
Iván Nova did exactly what the White Sox needed him to do. Nova went six-plus innings, struck out three, and only gave up one run via the solo home run to Randal Grichuk; that set up his second-straight quality start. Nova, however, did give up three walks, two of them came with two outs in their respective innings. Fortunately, Nova worked around all three of the walks, but that aspect of his game will have to improve.
As for the South Siders’ defense, they turned three fantastic double plays, each better than the last.
In the first inning, it was a classic “strike him out, throw him out” double play. Nova struck out Justin Smoak, and James McCann nailed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at second.
During the sixth inning, Smoak and Guerrero Jr. were victims of the second double play. Smoak grounded out to Yolmer Sánchez, and Sánchez threw to José Abreu for the out. Guerrero Jr., overeager, attempted to make his way from first to third during the development of the play. Abreu threw to McCann, who was covering the vacant third base. McCann relayed the baseball to Sánchez who tagged VGJ out.
Just your everyday, casual, run-of-the-mill, 4-3-2-4 double play. pic.twitter.com/5b5ALVEfL9— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 11, 2019
The third and final double play occurred in the bottom of the seventh inning. Teoscar Hernández grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Sánchez just barely nailed Hernández at first. After back-to-back hits that preceded the play, this DP extinguished any sparks of fire from Toronto’s offense.
For the last incredible defensive play, James McCann forced batter interference on a Rowdy Tellez pop up for the final out in the eighth inning.
The White Sox offense rounded out the game’s trifecta.
Yolmer Sánchez started the scoring with a leadoff, opposite field home run during the top of the third inning.
In the same inning, Leury García advanced to third from first on a throwing error by Marcus Stroman. Yoán Moncada drove him in and put the Good Guys up 2-0.
The offense settled down as Marcus Stroman found his rhythm. However, he lost it in the seventh. McCann led off the inning with a base hit, and Charlie Tilson followed with a knock of his own. Nicky Delmonico plated McCann with a single to center field. With the Sox up 3-0, Stroman made his exit.
Derek Law came in to replace Stroman. On a sac bunt by Sánchez to score Tilson, the second E-1 allowed Sánchez to be safe at first.
The Good Guys kept their bats swinging in the top of the eighth inning. Yonder Alonso walked to leadoff the inning. James McCann followed with a double. With ducks on the pond, Charlie Tilson doubled them both home. The score increased to 6-1.
For the third inning in a row, the South Siders found the scoreboard during the top of the ninth. Yoán Moncada walked, and José Rondón, who replaced Alonso as a baserunner and DH in the seventh inning, was hit by a pitch. McCann, who has done it all, hit a ground-rule double to score YoYo.
JAMES MCCANN HAS DONE EVERYTHING! He gets his 4th hit of the game with an RBI double. He's thrown out a baserunner, he backed up third base on a double play, he's scored two runs, he caught Ivan Nova who gave up one run over six. He's batting .376.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) May 11, 2019
Let’s not forget, this is the second start in a row where McCann was Nova’s batterymate. Both times, Nova put up quality starts, and McCann has continued to be a White Sox legend.
James McGoat— Ali White (@aliwhitesox) May 11, 2019
James McCann shall only be referred to as James McGoat.
The White Sox dominated in this game, but nevertheless, the Blue Jays did have their shining moments.
Randal Grichuk, ugh, hit a home run in his second game in a row. It was a solo shot to leadoff the seventh inning. In the ninth inning, Grichuk hit a triple on a ball that was misjudged by García. Freddy Galvis grounded out to Abreu for the RBI.
Marcus Stroman did have a decent outing. He went 6 1⁄3 innings, and he only gave up three earned runs (four in total). But, defensive errors plagued his and the Blue Jays’ chance to win the game.
The White Sox played a near perfect game and earned a win.
The White Sox will send Lucas Giolito to the mound tomorrow. Giolito is 3-1 with a 4.06 ERA. Aaron Sanchez will be Giolito’s mound opponent for the Blue Jays. Sanchez, without the accent, is 3-3 and has a 3.21 ERA.
The South Siders plan to take tomorrow’s game for a series win and a road trip win. The game will be broadcasted by WGN, and it will be on WGN-AM radio. The game is a 12:07 p.m. CT. start. Ryan will be covering tomorrow’s game.
For a perfect conclusion for a perfect game, it’s time to cue the sunglasses emoji!