Chicago has owned Detroit all year, and today was nothing different, both in baseball and football. For the White Sox, timely offense and smooth pitching led to a 5- victory. Although the division lead is still just one game due to the Twins’ sweep of the Indians, the White Sox now have the best record in the AL.
Jonathan Stiever: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Stiever reached just High-A baseball after being selected in the fifth round in 2018, yet was tasked with starting a major league game today. He rose to the occasion, weathering a bumpy first inning to throw three and two-thirds innings of one-run ball. It’s unclear whether he will factor into the rotation moving forward, but today was a great debut for Stiever nonetheless.
Yoan Moncada: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 2B
Last year’s White Sox offensive MVP, Yoan Moncada has struggled through nagging injuries in 2020. However, over the past few days his bat has come alive, and today he notched three hits, all with exit velocities above 93 mph. If he can keep this production up, the South Siders’ offense goes from scary to….extremely scary.
Eloy Jimenez: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR
Eloy has followed a minor slump with a productive week at the plate. He homered to give his team a 2-1 lead, which extended his streak of extra-base hits to six straight games.
Tim Anderson recorded another multi-hit game, going 2-4 and raising his batting average to .362 in his pursuit of consecutive batting titles. Matt Foster threw two scoreless innings, and Alex Colome shut down a growing Tigers comeback in the ninth, lowering his ERA to a minuscule 1.02 mark.
Moment of the Game
There weren’t an abundance of highlight-reel plays today, so I’ll go with Eloy’s dinger in the fourth inning. It gave the Sox the lead and they never looked back.
Player of the Game
Today’s award will go to Jimenez, as the two RBIs propelled the offense. Today felt like an overall good performance from everyone though, as the White Sox seem to be winning on cruise control.
The South Siders enter the home stretch of the season with a huge four-game series against Minnesota tomorrow at home. Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.33 ERA) will square off against Jose Berrios (4-3, 4.40 ERA) at 7:10 pm CT on NBCS Chicago.