It’s that time of year, everyone. The final series of the season: home edition! How did the White Sox do? Well, glad you asked.
Tim Anderson kicked things off for the White Sox offense with a double to right, and it wouldn’t be the last time he was on base tonight. Eventually the sacks were packed, but Yoán Moncada popped out to third to let Detroit off the hook..
A scoreless tie was broken at the top of the third when José Abreu took a slider into the left-field bleachers for his 30th home run of the season. Let’s watch, shall we?
Yasmani Grandal followed up with a single to center and Eloy Jiménez singled to right, putting runners at the corners for Moncada to come up and provide Peralta with his first strikeout of the night. Leury García came up and grounded into a double play, quickly ending the inning. A lot of chips not cashed early for the White Sox.
Making matters worse, the Tigers answered back in the top of the fourth, with Akil Baddoo singling to left. He stole second when Lynn stopped paying attention to him at first, and scored off a double to deep right from Robbie Grossman, tying things up at 1-1. No further damage was done, as Lynn got out of the jam.
White Sox took the lead back with a 1-2-3 start, first with a single by Gavin Sheets to center and then with César Hernández hitting into a fielder’s choice that moved Sheets to third and Hernández to second on a throwing error from Jonathan Schoop. Anderson singled to shallow center and Sheets came home, breaking the tie at 2-1. Anderson then went to take second and was safe on a, well, interesting slide:
Best shortstop in the league pic.twitter.com/woXK6aKQgo— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) October 2, 2021
Robert flied out to center for the first out, which scored Hernández to make it 3-1. Anderson scored on a grounder to short by Abreu on another wild base running play:
With that, the White Sox had a nice three-run lead, ending the fourth inning at 4-1.
Garrett Crochet replaced Lynn at the sixth. Lynn ended his night with 81 pitches and a max velocity of 96.3 mph. He threw 47 4-seam fastballs, 25 cutters, four sinkers, three curveballs, and two changeups. Overall his cutter was best, with six called strikes and a 36 CSW%. Not a bad way to end his season.
In the bottom of the sixth, Anderson continued his hitting streak for the night, making it 4-for-4 and then scoring on an RBI double from Abreu, bringing the lead up 5-1.
The bottom of the seventh brought back the White Sox hit parade. Bryan Garcia was brought out to pitch and gave up a double to Moncada, a double to García (granted after review of Grossman touching the ball in fair territory), and a single to Sheets that brought in both Moncada and García. Hernández singled to center, sending Sheets to second, and a walk to Anderson loaded the bases. A walk to Abreu brought in a run, and the score was 8-1 with a two-out pitching change. Ian Krol came in, struck out Grandal, and ended the inning — but the damage was done.
Liam Hendriks came in to close it down for the White Sox. Following recent trends, the offense tonight was pure delight and pitching was on point. The White Sox are on a mission as the regular season wraps up.
Dispatches from Twitter
With Houston closing in on home-field advantage, what shot do the Sox have at beating the Astros in the ALDS? Steve Kornacki has the answer ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Qlwy4vSk4Q— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) October 2, 2021
Four at-bats, four strikeouts for Miguel Cabrera— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) October 2, 2021
BROKE: SCHILLING— justin L! cousson (@justincousson) October 2, 2021
30 for 30: What if I told you Jose Abreu has FIVE 30/100 seasons in 8 years— Owen Schoenfeld (@The_Xsport) October 2, 2021
That’s a regular season wrap from me, folks. Thanks for sticking around during my nonsensical recaps of some equally awesome and terrible Friday night games this season.
See you in the postseason!
A bit of a mishap on Six Pack coverage tonight, so we’re slapping the polls and roll call onto the gamer.
A HUGE win for the White Sox on Friday. Who was the MVP?
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Tim Anderson: 4-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, .184 WPA
José Abreu: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, R, .146 WPA
Lance Lynn: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K, 18 BF, .141 WPA
César Hernández: 1-for-3, R, K, HBP, .126 WPA
A HUGE win for the White Sox on Friday. But we gotta talk Cold Cat.
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Leury García: 1-for-5, R, K, GIDP, -.129 WPA
Yoán Moncada: 1-for-5, R, K, -.126 WPA
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, RBI, K, -.067 WPA
South Side Sox Roll Call
In a burly, 210-comment thread, 1969Vikings dominated a win, with 53 comments.
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Uribe Down and RSWS shared the most recs, with four apiece, also representing the only green of the game: