Struggles from starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez had the White Sox fighting back for most of this one. After some big home runs, Ricky’s boys slowly crawled back and worked their magic in the ninth to walk it off and get their second sweep of 2020.
Subtract the top of the top of the third inning and this would have been an easy White Sox winner. Gio missed the majority of his targets and left pitches out over the plate for the Orioles to feast on. A Pedro Severino leadoff double and Jose Iglesias single were swiftly followed by a Renato Nunez dinger as part of a four-run inning. Gonzalez surrendered a total of five hits and tossed 30 pitches before bringing the hit parade to an end.
The White Sox used the long ball to help carry out the comeback. In the bottom of the fourth, Adam Engel cranked a two run homer off Orioles starter Keegan Akin to cut the deficit to two. With another run in the sixth and a two-out solo shot from Edwin Encarnacion in the eighth, things were all even heading to the ninth.
Steve Cishek and Aaron Bummer combined for a hitless top frame to set the stage for a wild bottom half. Ricky decided to allow the lefty Nomar Mazara to pinch-hit against righty reliever Mychal Givens. The move paid off as Mazara drew the dreaded leadoff walk. Luis Robert was brought in to run (shocking, we know) and promptly stole second, while Nick Madrigal worked yet another walk.
Shortstop Tim Anderson had a chance to end it with a gapper into left centerfield that was nearly caught on a dive. However, La Pantera held up in between bases to watch the outcome of the play and only made it to third to leave the bases loaded for Leury Legend. And to no surprise, the legend would continue with a flyout to the left field wall, which was easy for Robert to score and like that, THIS BALLGAME IS OVAH! MERCY!
FINAL: White Sox 6, Orioles 5
- Tim Anderson (SS): 3-for-5, run, K, error (4)
- Leury Garcia (CF): 2-for-4, 2B (5), 2 RBI, 2 K, game-winning SF
- Yasmani Grandal (DH): 0-for-4, 4 K – YIKES!
- Yoan Moncada (3B): 2-for-4
- Eloy Jimenez (LF): 0-for-3, BB, K, 2 GIDP
- Edwin Encarnacion (1B): 1-for-4, HR (10), RBI, run, K
- James McCann (C): 2-for-4, HR (2), RBI, 2 runs, K
- Adam Engel (RF): 1-for-1, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 BB, run
- Nomar Mazara (PH): 0-for-0, BB
- Luis Robert (PR): 0-for-0, run scored
- Nick Madrigal (2B): 0-for-2, BB, GIDP, error (1)
- Gio Gonzalez: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Evan Marshall: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
- Jimmy Cordero: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
- Jace Fry: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Steve Cishek: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- Aaron Bummer (W, 1-1): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
W: Aaron Bummer (1-1) | L: Mychal Givens (2-1)
Player of the Game
- Adam Engel (CF): 1-1, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, run
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And then there was one. Minnesota drops their second straight and their lead on the Central has reached the danger zone.
- Twins: 22-12
- White Sox: 21-13, 1.0 GB
- Indians: 21-15, 2.0 GB
- Royals: 14-20, 8.0 GB
- Tigers: 11-23, 11.0 GB
The team has another off-day tomorrow before Reynaldo Lopez and co. welcome the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CST.
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