May the home runs never stop! In back-to-back nights, all runs scored via the longball for the Chicago White Sox. Let me just say: it is so much fun to see the South Siders perform so well against the Chicago Cubs!
Also, the Good Guys are on a seven-game winning streak!
As nervous as I was for Reynaldo López to start this game, the leadoff walk did not help. However, the rest of the game played out well for ReyLo. On 50 pitches, Reynaldo went 3 1⁄3 innings, where he gave up two runs off of only one hit, but two walks. He did strike out four. Ultimately, this was a great welcome-back-to-baseball performance for ReyLo. He should be able to build off of this positive performance during the rest of the season.
Additionally, Gio González had a fantastic outing of his own that needs to be recognized, as he could be considered the dual starter for the Sox. In 3 2⁄3 innings, Gio only gave up one hit and struck out two. He did walk three batters, but zero runs scored. Most importantly, almost 6,000 days after he was drafted by the White Sox, Giovany earned his first career White Sox win.
Kyle Hendricks rivaled López and Gio pretty well. He was able to pitch 5 1⁄3 innings. where he gave up three runs off of seven hits (two of which were home runs). He walked one, but he did strike out three. The White Sox students taught the Professor today.
Jason Heyward, in the bottom of the eighth inning, came up to the plate with two on and two out, with the Cubs trailing by a score of 5-3. Facing Evan Marshall, Heyward’s 3.26 LI fly out to center on Heyward’s Achilles heel, a changeup, ended a big scoring opportunity. It gave momentum back to the Good Guys, who put up two insurance runs via two solo home runs in the ninth.
As a result of his pressure play, Heyward faced the most pressure of tonight’s game (1.89 pLI). He walked twice and scored once, but he went 0-for-2 in two big at-bats, stranding two runs that would have changed the game in favor of the North Siders.
With two on and zero outs in the bottom of the second, Victor Caratini’s two-RBI double created a .168 WPA, the biggest single-play WPA of the game. The Sox just went to work and hit many more home runs to win the game.
The ol’ veteran, José Abreu, has most definitely earned tonight’s MVP honors with his .385 WPA! Abreu went 4-for-4 with THREE home runs! The first of which broke the 2-2 tie and propelled the Sox’s late-inning offense!
José Abreu is the:— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 23, 2020
- 2nd player this season with 3 HR in a game (Mookie Betts, Aug. 13).
- 1st @whitesox player with 3 HR in a game since Matt Davidson on March 29, 2018.
- 1st @whitesox player to ever hit 3 HR in a game vs an NL opponent.
His contract extension is looking to be by far the right move during this past offseason. Not to mention, Abreu’s defense has looked its sharpest since he entered the league in 2014.
Magic Number: 188
Abreu has hit at least two home runs in back-to-back games! His fourth of the series, second tonight, was his career home run No. 188. This gave Abreu sole possession of fifth place on the White Sox all-time home run list.
José Abreu, big home run guy. pic.twitter.com/PNGlN1TpFM— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 23, 2020
Keep the home runs coming and keep on adding to the win streak — sweep time tomorrow!