Life is lived in phases.
The past five years have been painful for White Sox fans, as the north side club has seen postseason play season after season, while South Siders have had to endure the ugliest stretch of play in 70-odd campaigns.
Change is coming to Chicago.
The White Sox crushed the Cubs out of the box on Friday, speeding to a 6-0 lead and cruising back to Camelback with a 6-3 win.
Highlights abounded, with none more delightful than Yoán Moncada tapping out three hits in the leadoff spot before the ink dried on his $70 million contract extension.
The third sacker singled in a run in the fourth and later scored, helping to push the early White Sox lead to 4-0. Moncada came home on a José Abreu homer, and one inning later, the South Siders closed out their scoring on an Adam Engel two-run blast.
On the pitching side, a safe start for Lucas Giolito (one inning, HB, one K) begat a Ricky Renteria fever dream of pitching changes: 10 hurlers used to navigate nine innings. Most all acquitted themselves as well as you’d expect in a three-run (just two earned) game, although Adalberto Mejía (one-third of an inning, two hits, two earned, walk, K) edged himself just a shade closer to minor-league camp with his effort. Tyler Johnson had a weird inning, wild-pitching in a run but striking out three against one hit.
Who was the MVP of today’s 6-3 win over the Cubs?
This poll is closed
José Abreu (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, GWRBI, K)
Adam Engel (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, K, SB)
Yoán Moncada (3-for-4, R, RBI)
Luis Robert (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB)
Bennett Sousa (IP, K, Sv)
Tomorrow, it’s a 2:05 CT start as the White Sox take on the Giants, with Dallas Keuchel taking the bump for his second start, in TV and radio silence. Enjoy Gameday, and then pick up recap coverage from Brett here and Joe Resis at SSHP.