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MLB The Show: White Sox put together late comeback, take down rival Twins

MLB The Show: White Sox put together late comeback, take down rival 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: White Sox def. Twins, 9-5

Record: 23-29, 3rd in A.L. Central (6.5 GB of Twins)

W: Jimmy Cordero (2-0)
L: Trevor May (0-1)

Game summary: The White Sox got a solid start from Dallas Keuchel, who went six innings against the high-powered Twins offense and only surrendered three earned runs. The Twins scored two runs off Jimmy Cordero in the seventh via a Byron Buxton homer and a Josh Donaldson RBI single to take a temporary a 5-4 lead.

The Sox were in desperate need of a boost in the eighth to keep their winning streak alive and luckily enough, Yasmani Grandal came up clutch. His two-run home run to center field gave the White Sox a 6-5 lead and silenced the Target Field crowd. 

Chicago added three insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Grandal and Nomar Mazara to stretch the lead to four. Rick Renteria went with Jace Fry in the ninth to close things out, and the lefty went three up three down to end the contest. 

The Sox have now won nine of their last 10 games and that’s in part to an offensive explosion of late. Grandal is leading the charge with eight home runs in his last nine games and his 18 home runs rank second in the American League. Grandal also ranks second in the AL in WAR (3.7), trailing league leader Anthony Rendon (4.2). 

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-6 (.309 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-5 (.261 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI (.258 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 2-5 (.248 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, BB (.296 BA)
Tim Anderson: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI (.299 BA)
Luis Robert: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI (.240 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-2, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB (.297 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-5, RBI (.245 BA)

Scoring summary:

Bottom first:

Josh Donaldson hit sacrifice fly to center field, Byron Buxton scored. 1-0 MIN.

Bottom third:

Donaldson singled to center field, Miguel Sano scored. 2-0 MIN.

Top fifth:

Tim Anderson homered to left field. 2-1 MIN.

Bottom fifth:

Donaldson grounded out to second base, Ehire Adrianza scored. 3-1 MIN.

Top sixth:

Luis Robert doubled to left field, Jose Abreu and Anderson scored. 3-3.

Top seventh:

Yoan Moncada doubled to center field, Eloy Jimenez scored. 4-3 CHW.

Bottom seventh:

Buxton homered to left field. 4-4.

Donaldson singled to center field, Sano scored. 5-4 MIN.

Top eighth:

Yasmani Grandal homered to center field, Robert scored. 6-5 CHW.

Top ninth:

Anderson hit sacrifice fly to right field, Moncada scored. 7-5 CHW.

Grandal singled to center field, Nick Madrigal scored. 8-5 CHW.

Nomar Mazara singled to center field, Abreu scored. 9-5 CHW.

Notable performance: With a single in the sixth, Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games on Saturday. Abreu has been red hot this month, batting .395 in May with seven homers and 18 RBIs. His production has been a welcome sign after batting .239 in April.

Next game: Sunday, May 24 - Game 53: White Sox at Twins (Dylan Cease, 2-3, 4.60 ERA vs Rich Hill, 3-3, 4.96 ERA)

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MLB The Show sim: White Sox' Dylan Cease shines in 7-2 win over Rockies

MLB The Show sim: White Sox' Dylan Cease shines in 7-2 win over Rockies

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. Rockies, 7-2

Record: 19-29, 4th in A.L. Central (9.5 GB of Twins)

W: Dylan Cease (2-3)

L: Jon Gray (3-4)

Game summary: After a well-deserved day off, the White Sox took on the Colorado Rockies and sent Dylan Cease to the mound. Cease was as sharp as he’s been all season, striking out six in five innings while only giving up four hits and an earned run. His only mistake came in the second, when he gave up a solo home run to Trevor Story. Both of wins in 2020 are against the Rockies.

Offensively, it didn’t take long for the Sox to get going. After an Edwin Encarnacion leadoff walk, Eloy Jimenez took Jon Gray deep for an early 2-0 lead. Yoan Moncada made it back-to-back, hitting a towering shot to center field to cap off a three-run first. Moncada entered Tuesday’s action 0-for-15 in his last four games before his home run.

The Sox offense got back to work in the third, when Jose Abreu tripled and scored when Tim Anderson struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Nomar Mazara came through with a two-run single up the middle, bringing in Anderson and Luis Robert to take a 6-1 lead.

In the seventh, Yasmani Grandal homered to dead center field for his 15th home run of the season, giving the Sox a 7-1 lead. Grandal has five home runs in his last five games.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 2-3, 2 BB (.324 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI (.243 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-5, HR, RBI (.242 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 2-5 (.252 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-4, 3B (.279 BA)
Tim Anderson: 0-4 (.290 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-4 (.235 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, HR, RBI (.265 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-4, 2 RBI (.234 BA)

Scoring summary:

Bottom first:

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 2-0 CHW.
Yoan Moncada homered to center field. 3-0 CHW.

Top second:

Trevor Story homered to center field. 3-1 CHW.

Bottom third:

Tim Anderson struck out and reached on wild pitch, Jose Abreu scored. 4-1 CHW.
Nomar Mazara singled to center field, Anderson and Luis Robert scored. 6-1 CHW.

Bottom seventh:

Yasmani Grandal homered to center field. 7-1 CHW.

Top ninth:

Nolan Arenado singled to left field, Garrett Hampson scored. 7-2 CHW.

Notable performance: Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Tuesday, his second streak this season of 12+ games. Abreu also tallied the first triple by a White Sox player in 2020, a surprising feat from someone his stature. The three-bagger was the 15th of his seven-year career, and he raised his batting average to .279 with his two-hit performance Tuesday.

Next game: Wednesday, May 20 - Game 49: Rockies at White Sox (Antonio Senzatela, 3-3, 5.28 ERA vs Reynaldo Lopez, 3-2, 4.53 ERA)

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MLB The Show: White Sox win fourth straight behind Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu

MLB The Show: White Sox win fourth straight behind Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu

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. Blue Jays, 6-4

Record: 18-28, 4th in A.L. Central (9.0 GB of Twins)

W: Jace Fry (2-1)
L: Trent Thornton (2-5)
SV: Alex Colome (7)

Game summary: In a battle of aces at Guaranteed Rate Field, Lucas Giolito took on Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose six wins rank second in the American League in 2020. Both teams didn’t get the memo and were not intimated by the aces on the mound.

In the second, the Blue Jays went back-to-back off Giolito with home runs from Teoscar Hernandez and Bo Bichette to take an early 2-0 lead.

After a Yasmani Grandal sacrifice fly, the White Sox came alive in the fourth. Ryu lost some control and walked in a run, and Edwin Encarnacion followed with an RBI single to right field to score Luis Robert. The Sox took a 3-2 lead and ended Ryu's day after 3 1/3 innings and six walks. Eloy Jimenez came through with a bases loaded sacrifice fly, bringing Grandal home to make it 4-2.

Giolito found trouble in the fifth when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in Cavan Biggio with a single. Rick Renteria pulled the right-hander after he allowed a leadoff double to Reese McGuire in the sixth, calling on Jace Fry, who surrended a double to Billy McKinney to knot the game up at 4.

Grandal led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to right field. In the seventh, a Jose Abreu moonshot found the left field bleachers and gave the South Siders a 6-4 lead. Abreu’s 15 home runs rank second in the American League, one behind Mark Canha of the Oakland Athletics.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 2-3, RBI, 2 BB (.302 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-3, RBI, BB (.249 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 0-4 (.249 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-4 (.255 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-3, HR, RBI, BB (.270 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB (.302 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-3, BB (.234 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI (.259 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 0-3, RBI, BB (.222 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top second:

Teoscar Hernandez homered to left field. 1-0 TOR.
Bo Bichette homered to right field. 2-0 TOR.

Bottom second:

Yasmani Grandal sacrifice fly to right field, Jose Abreu scored. 2-1 TOR.

Bottom fourth:

Nomar Mazara walked, Tim Anderson scored. 2-2.
Edwin Encarnacion singled to right field, Luis Robert scored. 3-2 CHW.
Eloy Jimenez sacrifice fly to left field, Grandal scored. 4-2 CHW.

Top fifth:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled to center field, Cavan Biggio scored. 4-3 CHW.

Top sixth:

Billy McKinney doubled to center field, Reese McGuire scored. 4-4.

Bottom sixth:

Grandal homered to right field. 5-4 CHW.

Bottom seventh:

Abreu homered to left field. 6-4 CHW.

Notable performance: Tim Anderson is on a tear as he attempts to defend his batting title. Anderson went 1-for-2 Saturday with a double and two walks. His 60 hits leads the AL, and his 14 doubles rank third. One plesant surprise is Anderson's eye at the plate. With his two walks Saturday, he now has drawn 16 free passes in 2020, eclipsing his 2019 total of 15.

Next game: Sunday, May 17 - Game 47: Blue Jays at White Sox (Ryan Borucki, 4-1, 4.45 ERA vs Dallas Keuchel, 1-4, 8.42 ERA)

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