Don’t cancel toilet paper roll orders for the World Series quite yet, people — the White Sox won again on Thursday, in comeback fashion. The victim? Seattle’s Mariners, downed 6-5 by a bases-loaded Luis González single with two out.
The happy-happy joy-joy of that postgame scrum was not evident for the first two-thirds of the game, as Chicago fell behind early and substantially. By the midway point, it was a 5-1 Seattle runaway, with the only Sox tally coming courtesy of back-to-back doubles from Leury García and Tim Anderson to open the Sox third.
(Looks to me like Timmay isn’t going to concede the fastest man on the team title to Luis Robert willingly, as that flip to right-center, nothing special and not even splitting the outfielders, resulted in an easy, easssaaaaay stand-up double. Easy speed, TA, easy speed.
But damage had been done, of the wrong flavor. Evan Marshall got jumped in his (third) inning for two runs, Codi Heuer should have been out of the fourth inning undamaged, but surrendered a homer after a García error for two unearned ticks on his record. And Tayron Guerrero got touched for one earned on two hits, but for him, the good news is: no walks.
But with the White Sox down 5-1, the pitchers tightened belts and offense woke from slumber, and roles were reversed.
On the pitching end, Adalberto Mejía, Matt Foster, Ian Hamilton and Will Kincanon pitched four scoreless (one hit, three walks, four Ks), Foster creating some traffic for himself but looking perhaps like the insider for the final bullpen spot breaking camp.
Offensively, the White Sox put together five hits to finish out the game, including homers from Zack Collins (two-run) and Cheslor Cuthbert (solo, with two outs) in the seventh to bring the White Sox within one run.
Both balls were murdered, with Cuthbert getting some loft under a 2-0 slice of cheese. Note color man Rich King mistaking Seattle’s powder-blues for the Kansas City Royals.
In the eighth, spring superman Adam Engel (who scored on Collins’ two-run clout the previous inning) drove home the tying run on a sac fly (Micker Adolfo walk, González double). Kincannon shut down the M’s with two Ks in a perfect ninth, setting the stage for Gonzalez’s heroics to end the contest.
Who was the MVP in today’s 6-5 win over the Mariners?
This poll is closed
Zack Collins (1-for-1, two-run HR, BB)
Cheslor Cuthbert (1-for-2, HR, E)
Adam Engel (0-for-0, tying run, SF, RBI)
Luis González (2-for-2, 2B, GWRBI two outs in 9th)
Will Kincanon (IP, 2 K, W)
Tomorrow, the 3-2 White Sox host Cleveland at 2:05 CT, with the only media being WGN and MLB radio feeds.