The Chicago White Sox completed a doubleheader sweep against the Detroit Tigers, and boy was it fun! This was all the foreshadowing the South Siders needed in this wildly entertaining Game 2 of the doubleheader:
The last time the #WhiteSox faced two lefty starters in a doubleheader was September 21, 2015 at Detroit... which happens to be the last time the White Sox swept a doubleheader.— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 4, 2019
Yoán Moncada started the game with a BLAST to left-center field! It gave the Sox a quick 1-0 lead, and better yet, it was another home run from Moncada’s right side.
When the peanut puts the white hat on: pic.twitter.com/OIeEE2fdw4— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 4, 2019
I could listen to the bat crack of that home run all day.
The Detroit Tigers tied the game at one during the top of the third inning. Niko Goodrum singled to right field, which scored John Hicks from third base. Two singles later, Goodrum scored to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Both runs came with two outs in the inning.
The Tigers looked to tack on more runs in the fourth, but Ryan Cordell’s first game highlight came when he robbed Harold Castro of a two-run home run!
Jon Jay followed with a magnificent catch of his own during the fifth!
However, in the same inning, Nicholas Castellanos launched a two-run home run to left field.
Cordell, who took a home run away from the Tigers, gave one back to the South Siders to start off the bottom of the fifth! He has had a phenomenal doubleheader!
Detroit’s Tyler Alexander had a really solid major league debut. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs, both of which came via the long ball. He struck out four Good Guys and walked none.
As for Ross Detwiler, he went six full innings in a solid second start for the Sox. He gave up four runs (only half of them were earned) on eight hits and one walk. He did give up a homer but struck out two. If he can keep this up, he would be Chicago’s best fifth starter of the season. (Let’s be real — he already is!)
Juan Minaya started the seventh inning, and Castellanos tacked on another RBI for the Felines to stretch their lead to 5-2.
Cordell continued to have himself a game in the seventh with another home run! This one brought home two runs, so the White Sox only trailed 5-4.
Ryan Cordell has been doing most of his damage late in ball games this year. In the 7th inning or later, he's batting .333 (17 for 51) with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) July 4, 2019
Zack Collins followed Cordell’s heroics with a walk, and Leury García put ducks on the pond with only one out. Naturally, Moncada tied the game with a sac fly to center!
Can I just say how much I LOVE the late-inning damage that has been so incredibly consistent with the 2019 White Sox!?
So the eighth inning started as a whole new ballgame, tied at five.
Aaron Bummer pitched a scoreless eighth, and Alex Colomé, who notched the save in the opener, pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Sox couldn’t find the walk-off in the ninth, so they went into extras. Free baseball!
Carson Fulmer gave up a run in the 10th inning, but YoYo got it back with a solo homer off of All-Star closer Shane Greene in the bottom of the frame! Moncada had a home run from both sides of the plate!
After a quiet 11th inning, José Ruíz struck out the side in the 12th!
Similar to the seventh, with one out, Collins walked and García singled. José Abreu, supplying the clutch power that’s he’s been providing all season, then clocked a three-run shot to walk it off!
SOX WIN 9-6!
Unfortunately my guy, Fulmer, will be heading back to Charlotte after the postgame fireworks.
For the Fourth of July, Reynaldo López (4-7, 6.12 ERA) will square off against Matthew Boyd (5-6, 3.72 ERA). NBC Sports Chicago has the 1:10 CT broadcast, WGN-AM has the radio, and Janice Scurio will have your SSS coverage! The South Siders will go for the series sweep!
Today’s trio of MVPs asked for the sunglasses, so here they are!