The Chicago White Sox finished an exciting 13-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in the final game of the Crosstown Classic, and secured the series win as well. Now at 76-56, the South Side lineup is showing the damage that it can do when it is at full strength, and each player seems to be getting better and better.
Dylan was dealin’, starting in the first inning when he struck out two. With Kyle Hendricks on the bump, Luis Robert showed some of his power early on to give the South Siders the early lead.
Oh my Goodwin! In the bottom of the second inning, Brian Goodwin muscled out a two-run home run to left field, after a single by Andrew Vaughn. OK, maybe the wind helped that ball carry out a little bit, but a home run is a home run nonetheless.
Cease allowed just one single in the top of the third inning to Alfonso Rivas, his first career hit in the Show. In the top of the fourth inning, Frank Schwindel got a hold of one and carried a home run out of the park, which was the lone North Side run of the game. At the time, that would diminish the White Sox lead to 3-1, but that wouldn’t last long.
Cease struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning, after allowing a leadoff double to Rivas.
A two-out, seven-run bottom of the fifth broke this game wide open. Vaughn made the first out, followed by a walk to Goodwin. Leury García grounded out, and César Hernández walked. Robert was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and who better up than Mr. August, José Abreu, to break the game wide open?
He did just that, with a ball that almost looked like a grand slam off the bat. It ended up being a two-run, ground-rule double, which works, too.
Abreu has reached 100+ RBI’s for the sixth time in his seven full seasons. Build the statue.
The damage wasn’t done just yet, as Eloy Jiménez had to own the Cubs again, with a three-run home run this time, duh.
Still not done! Yasmani Grandal wanted to join in on the rally, with a two-run home run to extend the lead to 10-1.
That would end the seven-run inning, in which all of the runs were scored with two outs. Yeah, this lineup is scary.
Cease went back out for one last time in the top of the sixth inning, and struck out two more batters while pitching a 1-2-3 inning. His final stat line was six innings, four hits, one run, and 11 strikeouts. His record sits at 11-6, and he now ranks third in American League strikeouts this season with 188.
Dylan Cease is 4-0 with a 2.85 ERA (13 ER/41.0 IP), 56 strikeouts and a .190 (28-147) opponents average over his last seven starts. pic.twitter.com/UxlDio8NSe— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 29, 2021
So, Robert is definitely something special. In the bottom of the sixth inning, he muscled out a two-run home run, his second of the day, to extend the lead to 12-1.
Ryan Tepera continues to show why he is one of the best relievers in the game, as he tossed a 1-2-3 top of the seventh inning. After a walk to Jake Lamb, single by Grandal, and walk to Vaughn, Goodwin collected another RBI on a force out, to settle on the eventual 13-1 final.
Michael Kopech took the top of the eighth inning, and Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth to close it out. The South Siders took the series, and went 5-1 overall against the Cubs this season. It’s safe to say we know which team runs Chicago now.
By the way, it never fails to see Hendriks this fired up after striking out a batter, even when he's up by 12 runs.
Well, after an eventful game and series, the White Sox will get an off-day tomorrow and start a short series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Lucas Giolito will pitch at home against the Pirates. (Remember what happened last time he did that?)
Enjoy the win, and get ready to watch more baseball Tuesday night!