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MLB The Show: White Sox work around early trouble, comeback to beat Royals

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MLB THE SHOW

MLB The Show: White Sox work around early trouble, comeback to beat Royals

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Royals 10-6
Record: 30-31, 3rd in AL Central (2.5 GB of Twins)

W: Dane Dunning (1-0)
L: Eric Skoglund (3-6)

Game summary: The White Sox' start to a week facing the two bottom-feeders in the AL Central got off to a promising start, though it didn’t appear to be the case early in the opener vs the Royals.

Lucas Giolito was in a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first and was on the verge of escaping it unharmed. But with two outs, Nick Madrigal made an errant throw to first base that allowed two runs to score. Then, Maikel Franco slapped a two-run single to center and just like that, the Sox were down 4-0.

The South Siders delivered a steady supply of offense the entire night, however. Nomar Mazara immediately halved the deficit with a two-run double in the top of the second. Tim Anderson and Yasmani Grandal each recorded two-run singles in the fifth to put the Sox ahead 7-4. Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion provided insurance by each hitting their 18th home run of the season.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 2-3, HR (18), 2 RBI, R (.328 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-6 (.269 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 0-3, 2 BB, R (.257 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 R (.256 BA)
Jose Abreu: 3-4, HR (18), 2 RBI, 3 R (.313 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-5, 2 RBI, R (.294 BA)
Luis Robert: 2-5 (.239 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 3-5, 2 RBI, R (.325 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R (.251 BA)

Scoring summary: 

Bottom first

Ryan O’Hearn reached on error by second baseman, Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier scored. 2-0 KC.
Maikel Franco singled to center, Jorge Soler and O’Hearn scored. 4-0 KC.

Top second

Nomar Mazara doubled to right field, Jose Abreu and Yasmani Grandal scored. 4-2 KC.

Top fourth

Edwin Encarnacion singled to center field, Mazara scored. 4-3 KC.

Top fifth

Tim Anderson singled to center field, Yoan Moncada and Madrigal scored. 5-4 CHW.
Grandal singled to right field, Abreu and Tim Anderson scored. 7-4 CHW.

Bottom fifth

O’Hearn homered to center field, Salvador Perez scored. 7-6 CHW.

Top sixth

Abreu homered to left field, Madrigal scored. 9-6 CHW.

Top seventh

Encarnacion homered to center field. 10-6 CHW.

Notable performance: Don’t even bother trying to get Grandal out right now, because it just isn’t happening. After Tuesday’s three-hit performance, Grandal is 9-for-12 in his last three games with two home runs and seven RBIs. He’s batting .325 (9th in AL), has 54 RBIs (second) and a 4.9 WAR (first.).

Next game: Wednesday, June 3 - Game 62: White Sox at Royals (Dallas Keuchel, 2-5, 7.18 ERA vs Jakob Junis, 0-5, 5.93 ERA) 

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MLB The Show: White Sox fall behind big early, drop second straight to Twins

MLB The Show: White Sox fall behind big early, drop second straight to Twins

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: Twins def. White Sox 10-4
Record: 28-31, 3rd in A.L. Central (4.0 GB of Twins)

W: Rich Hill (4-4)
L: Reynaldo Lopez (5-2)

Game summary: All good things must come to an end. In the case of the White Sox' winning streak, things have come to an abrupt end. A day after the Twins put up 11 runs in the first two innings, Minnesota jumped on Chicago early again.

Reynaldo Lopez failed to make it out of the fourth inning. The Twins harassed him with singles a plenty, including RBI base knocks from Alex Avila and Miguel Sano in the second and fourth innings. Then, the big blow came from Jorge Polanco, whose grand slam gave Minnesota a 7-1 lead before the final out of the fourth. Lopez' day came to an end. 

Yasmani Grandal hit a pair of solo home runs in the third and fifth. Yoan Moncada added a couple more runs on a late two-run blast but the White Sox dropped their second straight to the Twins to fall four games back of the division leaders.

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White Sox lineup

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-3 (.316 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, R (.269 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-4, HR (12), 2 RBI, R (.261 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-4 (.261 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-4, 2B (.298 BA)
Tim Anderson: 0-4 (.298 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-4 (.232 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 3-4, 2 HR (21), 2 RBI, 2 R (.309 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 0-3 (.243 BA)

Scoring summary: 

Top first

Luis Arraez grounded into double play, Byron Buxton scored. 1-0 MIN.

Top second

Alex Avila singled to right field, Josh Donaldson scored. 2-0 MIN.

Bottom third

Yasmani Grandal homered to left field. 2-1 MIN.

Top fourth

Miguel Sano singled to left field, Eddie Rosario scored. 3-1 MIN.
Jorge Polanco homered to right field, Sano, Max Kepler and Avila scored. 7-1 MIN.
Nelson Cruz homered to center field, Arraez scored. 9-1 MIN.

Bottom fifth

Grandal homered to center field. 9-2 MIN.

Bottom sixth

Yoan Moncada homered to center field, Eloy Jimenez scored. 9-4 MIN.

Top eighth

Polanco homered to left field. 10-4 MIN.

Notable performance: With his two homers on Saturday, Grandal now has 21 on the season, which trails only teammate Eloy Jimenez for the team lead. Grandal is third in the AL in RBIs (49) and leads the league in WAR (4.5). Not too shabby for the eight-hole hitter.

Next game: Sunday, May 31 - Game 60: Twins vs White Sox (Devin Smeltzer, 6-2, 2.42 ERA vs Michael Kopech, 0-0, 3.78 ERA)

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MLB The Show: White Sox overcome early deficit to take down Orioles

MLB The Show: White Sox overcome early deficit to take down Orioles

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Orioles 10-5
Record: 26-29, 3rd in A.L. Central (4.0 GB of Twins)

W: Jimmy Cordero (3-0)
L: Keegan Akin (2-4)

Game summary: After being as many as 11 games behind the division-leading Twins, the White Sox are now nipping at the heels of the top two teams in the division. And this hot streak is largely due to the offensive explosion over the past couple of weeks.

Tuesday’s affair vs. the Orioles was no different, although for the first time in quite some time, the White Sox had to dig themselves out of a hole. Michael Kopech had a really hard time warding off Baltimore singles. Despite a lack of hard contact, the Orioles hit four base knocks and walked twice in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

The South Siders immediately answered. Eloy Jimenez hit a solo homer to get things started in the top of the third. Then, Tim Anderson slapped an RBI single to center, knocking in Nick Madrigal. The inning’s piece-de-resistance came off the bat of Yasmani Grandal. The White Sox catcher hit a no-doubter to left for a grand slam and Chicago went from down four to up by a pair.

After Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 19 games in the seventh with an infield single, Anderson put this affair out of reach with a two-run homer the opposite way. The shortstop’s 12th homer of the season gave the White Sox a three-run lead, more than enough to secure the win over the Orioles and extend the team’s winning streak to eight games.

White Sox lineup

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-4, R (.307 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, HR (21), RBI, R (.268 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 0-5 (.256 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 2-4, RBI, R (.259 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, BB, 2 R (.307 BA)
Tim Anderson: 2-5, HR (12), 3 RBI, 2 R (.302 BA)
Luis Robert: 2-3, 2B, 2 R (.243 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 3-4, HR (19), 5 RBI, R (.308 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4 (.244 BA)

Scoring summary:

Bottom second

Ramon Urias singled to left field, D.J. Stewart scored. 1-0 BAL.
Austin Wynns singled to right field, Austin Hays scored. 2-0 BAL.
Jose Iglesias singled to left field, Ramon Urias scored. 3-0 BAL.
Trey Mancini flew out to center field, Austin Wynns scored. 4-0 BAL.

Top third

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. 4-1 BAL.
Tim Anderson singled to center field, Nick Madrigal scored. 4-2 BAL.
Yasmani Grandal homered to left field, Jose Abreu, Anderson and Luis Robert scored. 6-4 CHW.

Bottom sixth

Iglesias singled to center field, Urias scored. 6-5 CHW.

Top seventh

Anderson homered to center field, Abreu scored. 8-5 CHW.
Grandal singled to center field, Robert scored. 9-5 CHW.

Top eighth

Madrigal singled to right field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 10-5 CHW.

Notable performance: It seems like every other day we are highlighting Jimenez in this section but it’s for good reason: he just keeps on slugging. With Tuesday’s solo homer, Jimenez has homered six times in the last seven games. His 21 homers and 53 RBIs both lead the American League.

Next game: Wednesday, May 27 - Game 56: White Sox at Orioles (Lucas Giolito, 2-7, 5.55 ERA vs John Means, 2-6, 3.05 ERA)

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