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Simulated Sox: White Sox vs. Twins, September 6th

by Joe Binder

In case you may have missed it, we’ve jumped ahead in our simulation due to the looming return of actual baseball. The fast-forward now brings us to September 6th, a crucial point in the season as the Sox find themselves in a pivotal series against the Twins.

In the most intense game of the season, the White Sox pulled ahead late to win 6-5 and complete the MASSIVE sweep over Minnesota.

After the Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a first-inning sac fly, Nomar Mazara homered in the second over the third deck roof in right-center field to add two more to the scoreboard. Statcast estimates the bomb to have gone 439 feet, though I don’t think the ball’s landed yet.

Miguel Sano would provide the Twins’ answer with a first-pitch blast in the bottom of the inning. He emphatically stomped on home plate, which Yasmani Grandal wasn’t happy about. Ironically, Yaz homered in third and mimicked the third baseman while staring him down as he walked back to the dugout.

With a 5-2 lead in favor of the Good Guys, Ricky replaced Dallas Keuchel to start of the 6th after the lefty accumulated 90 pitches. Dylan Cease, who wound up in the ‘pen after the returns of Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon, came in and struggled mightily. Jace Fry would replace him after the former starter couldn’t even record an out, resulting in the entire lead being lost and all three runs charged to Cease.

The White Sox had just enough offense left in the tank to scrape across one more. Eloy Jimenez and his red batting gloves sent one the opposite way for an RBI-double for the 6-5 lead. It turned out to be the game-winner as an exhausted Steve Cishek and Aaron Bummer gave lights out appearances to secure the victory.

Ricky’s boys now hold a 2.5 game lead in the division with less than a month left to go. It’s happening!

FINAL: White Sox 6, Twins 5

Box Score

Position Players

  1. Tim Anderson (SS): 2-for-4, BB, 2 runs, 2 SB (39)
  2. Yasmani Grandal (C): 1-for-4, HR (33), RBI, BB, run
  3. Yoan Moncada (3B): 0-for-3, 2 BB, K
  4. Eloy Jimenez (LF): 1-for-3, 2B (23), 2 RBI, K
  5. Jose Abreu (1B): 0-for-4, 3 K
  6. Edwin Encarnacion (DH): 1-for-4, 2B (24), K, run
  7. Nomar Mazara (RF): 4-for-4, HR (15), 2B (19), 2 RBI, 2 runs
  8. Danny Mendick (2B): 0-for-4, 2 GIDP
  9. Luis Robert (CF): 2-for-4, RBI, K, SB (46)


  • Dallas Keuchel: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Dylan Cease: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Jace Fry (W, 6-2): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Alex Colome (H, 7): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Aaron Bummer (H, 26): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Steve Cishek (S, 25): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

W: Jace Fry (6-2) | L: Tyler Duffey (2-2) | S: Steve Cishek (25)

Player of the Game

  • Nomar Mazara (RF): 4-for-4, HR (15), 2B (19), 2 RBI, 2 runs

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Divisional Standings

The White Sox grow their lead to 2.5 games.

  1. White Sox, 90-53
  2. Twins: 88-56, 2.5 GB
  3. Indians: 85-58, 5.0 GB
  4. Royals: 56-86, 33.5 GB
  5. Tigers: 48-95, 42.0 GB

Next Game

Stay tuned as we’ll be advancing to the end of the season shortly to learn the fate of the club. Will they take the division or sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card team? Give us your predictions below before the postseason begins next weekend!

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Featured Edit: Brandon Anderson

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