Friday’s 6-1 drubbing makes it five straight wins for the Chicago White Sox! They now tie the Cleveland Indians for second place in the AL Central. The pieces are coming together, and the future is looking bright. I’m going to need some sunglasses.
Three pitches into the game, Francisco Lindor took Dylan Covey deep to give the Tribe a quick 1-0 lead. After two more hits, Covey was able to escape his first inning jam with a fly out from Jake Bauers.
The White Sox got trouble a-brewing in the bottom of the first. Yoán Moncada hit a one-out single. Another out later, Yonder Alonso pulled a ball for a base hit of his own. With two outs, Eloy Jiménez walked. Bases loaded, Charlie Tilson grounded out to first to end any hope of a rally.
In the top of the third inning, Jiménez made a spectacular catch on a ball going away from him, which robbed Mike Freeman of extra bases.
YoYo started the bottom of the third with a bloop single that split Freeman and Bauers in short left field. José Abreu followed with a strikeout. However, Yonder Alonso improved to 2-for-2 with a single off of Lindor’s glove. On a throwing error by the shortstop, Moncada and Alonso moved up to third and second, respectively.
Another out later, Charlie Tilson redeemed himself with a ground-rule double to left field. Yoán and Yonder scored, and Charlie put the Sox up 2-1.
Top of the fourth, Covey threw behind Roberto Pérez on a ball that seemed to slip from his fingers. That is debatable; I hope that he does not stoop to Kansas City’s level of play. Home plate umpire, Paul Nauert issued a warning to both ball clubs. This followed a hit-by-pitch to Yolmer Sánchez during the second inning.
On the bright side, Abreu had an interesting yet effective unassisted double play.
The South Siders stayed hot in the fourth inning. Yolmer singled to leadoff the inning. Then, Seby Zavala had his first major league hit: a bloop single to right field, which split Jason Kipnis and Greg Allen!
Leury García followed with a bunt single. Bases were loaded for the second time in the night, but there were zero outs this time.
Moncada struck out, but Abreu hit a long sacrifice fly to center field. He just missed a grand slam, but the Boys in Black were up front, 3-1.
Yonder hit a ball hard off of Carlos Santana’s glove. It went as an E-3, but it scored two runs! The Sox stole a 5-1 lead.
During the bottom of the fifth, Tim Anderson reached first base on yet another error by the Tribe. This time, Freeman overthrew Santana at first. Anderson swiped his 14th bag, and Yolmer drove him home, 6-1! On the throw home, Yolmer found his way to second base. It was the fourth (!) error for the Tribe.
Overshadowed by the Sox’s offense and Cleveland’s errors, Covey was cruising through the game after a shaky first inning. Covey picked up a quality start, and he earned his first win of the season! He gave up eight hits, but only one run on a leadoff homer from Lindor. He threw five strikeouts and only surrendered one walk. Covey has found his optimal form.
Trevor Bauer rivaled with seven innings. He only gave up two earned runs, but his defense added four more. He gave up nine hits and struck out eight. Although he pitched decently, baseball is a team game, and it cost Bauer and the Wahoos.
Josh Osich and Juan Minaya threw three shutout innings for the White Sox to conclude the game. The starters are going deeper, and the bullpen is doing their job well. Match that with the great offense, and the Sox will only go up.
It’s exciting on the South Side. The White Sox are now the team that takes advantage of the other teams’ mistakes. It is incredibly refreshing!
After the game, the White Sox sent Zavala and his souvenir first-hit ball back down to Charlotte, an apparent indication that Welington Castillo is ready to be activated from the IL.
The South Siders will go for six straight wins with tomorrow’s afternoon affair. Iván Nova (3-4, 6.52 ERA) will pitch against Jefry Rodriguez (1-5, 4.99 ERA). It’s a 1:10 CT start, and Leigh Allan is on our coverage. NBC Sports Chicago is back on the broadcast, and WGN-AM has the radio.
Now, where are my sunglasses?
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