Noticeably, Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn were not in today’s lineup, but it doesn’t sound like anything to worry about.
Tony La Russa said how Andrew Vaughn feels tomorrow will determine if he’s available for Boston series. Nothing is broken but his right hand remains sore during swings.— James Fegan (@JRFegan) May 3, 2022
La Russa said they were wary of Luis Robert playing six-straight games. He will play tomorrow and is available
It essentially poured rain the entire game and the strange, frigid, May weather definitely wasn’t summer giving Crosstown Classic vibes at a whopping 44° (32° wind chill).
It feels too early for the crosstown classic— Vaughn Dong Silver’s (@C_Spaghett1) May 3, 2022
Kopech came out strong, striking out two, including April NL Rookie of the Month, Seiya Suzuki.
I could watch Michael Kopech strike out Seiya Suzuki looking for hours and hours and hours.— Vinnie Parise (@VinnieParise) May 3, 2022
The offense got started in the second with José Abreu getting on base and Adam Engel following up with a double.
The White Sox shifted to playing a little small ball with a Jake Burger swinging bunt, and a lovely bunt down the first base line by Reese McGuire.
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“ꜱᴏᴜᴛʜꜱɪᴅᴇ ʙᴜɴᴛ ʙᴏʏᴢ” ™️
Was gonna make a joke about Reese but that was a perfect bunt.— MSS (@MySoxSummer) May 4, 2022
There’s always a joke to be made, though.
In the third inning, Tim Anderson did the thing where he blasts a homer on the first pitch - get this man some spaghetti!
It was a beauty.
The defense got kind of weird in the bottom of the third, with Jake Burger pulling a total Eloy move and getting beat up by the Wrigley Field cement wall. Thankfully, he stayed in the game, but everyone was holding their breaths.
Hawk would already be down there— A.J. (@AJEarley4) May 4, 2022
After a 15-pitch at-bat from Alfonso Rivas that felt like it took a month, Kopech worked his way out of the inning unscathed.
Rivas with an excellent at bat. I hate it— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) May 4, 2022
Kopech continued to deal, striking out another pair of North Siders in the fourth.
Michael Kopech, 95mph Fastball and 79mph Curveball, Overlay/Slow pic.twitter.com/DaDpCR0MWN— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 4, 2022
He gone! Michael Kopech with an absolute to strikeout Patrick Wisdom looking for his fifth strikeout already in 3 2/3 innings for the #WhiteSox— Nello (@LilNello) May 4, 2022
Fireworks almost erupted after Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson hit Josh Harrison and Tim Anderson on consecutive pitches. With the rain coming down as it was, it didn’t appear intentional, but it didn’t look great given TA had gone deep the inning prior.
I realize the grip on the ball is trash, but these optics are less than great.— janice (@scuriiosa) May 4, 2022
Yasmani loaded the bases for José … who grounded into a double play. Sigh.
TLR cut Kopech’s outing short after four innings, replacing him with Reynaldo López. It was clear that Kopech wanted to finish out the inning.
You know you're good when you are pissed off after giving up 0 runs and lowering your ERA to 1.17 pic.twitter.com/0SLFB2gkc9— Jay Cuda (@JayCuda) May 4, 2022
Damn Kopech was PISSED. I like to see it.— Ali White (@aliwhitesox) May 4, 2022
The rain simply did not get any better.
But inside it’s so much better— Trooper Galactus (@TrooperGalactus) May 4, 2022
But as long as the Cubs still blow
Go Sox go, go Sox go, go Sox go
Even with the weather being terrible, the pitching still outperformed the offense, with White Sox batters still not being selective at the plate.
Pretty great game for the #WhiteSox thus far thanks to the pitching but they yet again have zero walks, and this is getting old.— Patrick Nolan (@SoxMach_pnoles) May 4, 2022
Harrison took three balls but swung at five pitches out of the strike zone en route to grounding out. Five chances to walk and he just said “no”
Cubs fans booed Tim Anderson during his fourth at-bat because it’s his fault the Cubs gave up a home run and hit him with a pitch.
Boo Tim Anderson in front of me and I’ll kill you— L7 ♀️ (@whatsuplizard) May 4, 2022
To the surprise of many, Matt Foster came out of the bullpen for the bottom of the eighth.
Why exactly is Matt Foster pitching in the 8th inning of a game that the Sox are leading by 2 runs— Mike (@ChiSoxFanMike) May 4, 2022
But he proved the haters wrong.
Matt Foster throws a 1-2-3 eighth to preserve the Sox' two-run lead. Might have seemed a surprising choice there, but he's only allowed one run this season and now owns a 0.82 ERA.— Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) May 4, 2022
And Liam Hendriks is so back.
Benetti asked Liam Hendriks what those @CodifyBaseball heat maps show him before he takes the mound— Blake Schuster (@Schustee) May 4, 2022
Liam: “Where they suck."