Let’s begin towards the end of the game. Joe Kelly begins to pitch the start of the 8th with the Good Guys up 2-0. He allows three straight singles, and a run to score after causing DJ LeMahieu to ground out. Liam Hendriks then comes into the game and strikes out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to end the threat. After the White Sox fail to score some insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th, Hendriks begins the 9th to finish what we all had hoped was a 5-out save. Unfortunately, the Aussie closer walks Joey Gallo and gives up a single to Isiah Kiner- Falefa, and all of the sudden the Yankees have runners on the corners with no outs. Kyle Higashioka hits a fly ball straight to AJ Pollock, who also throws out Kiner-Falefa attempting to get into third, but Gallo scores and the game ends up going into the bottom of the 9th with the game tied 2-2.
However, the game is not yet over. After Josh Harrison flied out, Tim Anderson singles and Yoán Moncada draws a walk. The Pale Hose has a runner in scoring position with Luis Robert at the plate. After working the count 3-1, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman throws a splitter in the middle of the plate. Robert hits the ball into the right field, and the White Sox win 3-2 without having to go into extras.
Sticking with the offense, it was Anderson, Moncada, and Robert who carried the day for the White Sox. Batting 1-2-3, respectively, each player had at least two hits on the day, with Anderson going 3 for 5. Robert had 2 of the 3 RBIs on the day, with TA getting the run for each RBI. Also, the Sox third baseman hit a solo home run, his second homer in 4 games.
Additionally, José Abreu singled in the bottom of the 3rd and broke the 0-21 streak he was on.
On the pitching side, Dallas Keuchel was on the bump, and recorded his second consecutive good start in a row. The Sox southpaw went 5 scoreless innings, and Kendall Graveman relived him for a scoreless 6th and 7th inning. Joe Kelly began the 8th inning, and as mentioned earlier, Kelly and Liam Hendriks blew the lead to prevent Keuchel from getting his third Win on the season. Nevertheless, the White Sox still won the game and look to tie the series tomorrow against the Evil Empire.
W: Liam Hendriks (1-2) | L: Aroldis Chapman (0-1)
White Sox Scoring Recap:
Bottom 1st: Luis Robert singles to center. Tim Anderson scores. 1-0 White Sox
Bottom 3rd: Yoán Moncada homers to center. 2-0 White Sox
Bottom 9th: Luis Robert singles to right. Tim Anderson scores. 3-2 White Sox
Luis Robert: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, BB, K
A key member to the White Sox offensive success is going to be the improvement of their young center fielder. Robert was a player many White Sox fans pegged to compete for the AL MVP this season. He’s not quite in contention yet, but he’s on his way. Luis Robert is slashing .296/.337/.449 on the the year, and oh yeah, walked off the game for the Pale Hose.
Dallas Keuchel: 5 IP, 3 K, 3 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
Dallas Keuchel ultimately didn’t get the “W” by his name tonight, but he deserved it. Amidst discussion on Social Media from White Sox fans to DFA Keuchel, the lefty veteran turned in a shut out performance to an opponent who seemingly could not stop scoring runs against the Pale Hose. Dallas Keuchel delivered his second consecutive start of at least 5 IP and giving up 2 ER or less, and is doing his best to prove he deserves a consistent start in the rotation.
Yoán Moncada: 2 for 4, HR, R, RBI, BB, K
The White Sox third baseman hit his second home run in his 4th game back with the ball club. Moncada is currently slashing .286/.348/.571 in his short season, but so far, he looks like he’s returning back to his 2019 form.
Tim Anderson: 3 for 5, 2 R, 0 errors
Despite his defensive woes early on this season, TA is putting up MVP caliber numbers offensively. Anderson added another 3 hits tonight to bring his batting average up to .339. The Sox shortstop on the year has an OBP of .372 and is slugging .513. TA getting on base helped Luis Robert improve his RBI totals on the year.
The Next Matchup
The White Sox will finish this four-game home stand with the Yankees and go for the series tie. Michael Kopech gets the start for the White Sox and will face off against Nestor Cortes for New York. The game will begin at 1:10 CST on NBS Sports Chicago.
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