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MLB The Show: White Sox hold off late Cubs rally to clinch two-game sweep

MLB The Show: White Sox hold off late Cubs rally to clinch two-game sweep

This two-game series vs. the Cubs heading into the All-Star break marks the end of NBC Sports Chicago’s simulation of the 2020 White Sox season.

Result: White Sox def. Cubs, 8-7 
Record: 56-37, 1st in AL Central (3.0 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dane Dunning (6-1)
L: Jon Lester (6-8)
SV: Alex Colome (20)

Game summary: After taking down the Cubs 10-8 in the series opener, the White Sox followed up Wednesday’s performance with another victory against the Cubs to finish their sim season. Lucas Giolito got the ball against Jon Lester and got punished early by the Cubs power bats. Javy Báez and Kyle Schwarber homered in the first to give the Cubs an early 2-0 lead.

Lester did not fare well in the first either. Edwin Encarnacion led off the Sox night with a home run and Lester’s night only got worse as the South Siders scored two more in the third on a Jose Abreu single. The White Sox added three more in the fourth, capped off by a Yoan Moncada RBI single that ended Lester’s night. 

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After a Jason Kipnis home run brought the Cubs back within two, Tim Anderson homered to take back the three-run lead. In the sixth, Encarnacion homered again for the 35th time this season, taking the American League lead from teammate Yasmani Grandal. 

Things got testy for the White Sox late when Kipnis homered for a second time and Baez followed with another homer to make it 8-7. The Sox bullpen got back on track in the eighth and ninth as former Cub Steve Cishek and closer Alex Colomé shut down the Cubs to secure the series sweep.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI (.334 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-3, 2 BB (.259 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 3-5, RBI (.279 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, 2B (.301 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, 2 RBI (.320 BA)
Tim Anderson: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI (.271 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-3, BB (.255 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-4 (.285 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4, RBI (.257 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first

Javy Báez homered to left field. 1-0 CHC.
Kyle Schwarber homered to right field. 2-0 CHC.

Bottom first:

Edwin Encarnacion homered to left field. 2-1 CHC.

Bottom third:

Jose Abreu singled to center field, Encarnacion and Yoan Moncada scored. 3-2 CHW.

Top fourth:

Willson Contreras homered to left field. 3-3.

Bottom fourth:

Nomar Mazara singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 4-3 CHW.
Encarnacion singled to right field, Nick Madrigal scored. 5-3 CHW.
Moncada singled to right field, Mazara scored. 6-3 CHW.

Top fifth:

Jason Kipnis homered to right field. 6-4 CHW.

Bottom fifth:

Tim Anderson homered to left field. 7-4 CHW.

Top sixth:

Ian Happ sacrifice fly to center field, Anthony Rizzo scored. 7-5 CHW.

Bottom sixh:

Encarnacion homered to left field. 8-5 CHW.

Top seventh:

Kipnis homered to right field. 8-6 CHW.
Báez homered to left field. 8-7 CHW.

Notable performance: Colomé picked up his 20th save of the season on Thursday as he inched closer to his 2019 total of 30. Colome has converted 20 of his 24 chances this season after starting the year as a setup man to then closer Aaron Bummer.

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MLB The Show: White Sox offense supplies fireworks in win over Rangers

MLB The Show: White Sox offense supplies fireworks in win over Rangers

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. Rangers, 9-6 
Record: 53-37, 1st in A.L. Central (4.0 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dane Dunning (5-1)
L: Kolby Allard (6-3)
SV: Alex Colome (18)

Game summary: Fans were treated to a beautiful Fourth of July in Arlington, Texas as the White Sox tried to take down the Texas Rangers after losing the series opener. The White Sox sent Texas’ own Michael Kopech to the mound and he was wayward of the strike zone early and often. The flame throwing righty only lasted three innings while walking six and giving up three earned runs.

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The White Sox got their offense from the middle of the lineup. Down 3-2 in the fifth, Yasmani Grandal hit a home run to left field to put the visitors out front. With 34 home runs, Grandal continues to lead the American League. After Nick Solak tied up the game at 4 in the fifth, Eloy Jimenez joined the homer parade in the seventh with a solo shot to put the Sox up 5-4. Jimenez continues to keep pace with Grandal and now has 33 home runs in his second big league season.

In the ninth, Grandal was once again in position to come through for the Sox and did with the bases loaded, driving in two with a double down the right field line, propelling the Sox to a 7-4 advantage. The Rangers bullpen then lost control, walking in two runs and giving the South Siders a commanding 9-4 lead.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 1-4, BB (.319 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, HR, RBI (.252 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-4, RBI (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-4, HR, 4 RBI (.307 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-4, RBI (.316 BA)
Tim Anderson: 0-4, RBI (.272 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, 2B (.255 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-3, RBI (.281 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-5, 2B (.253 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first:

Jose Abreu singled to left field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 1-0 CHW.

Bottom third:

Shin-Soo Choo homered to center field. 1-1.

Bottom fourth:

Roughned Odor singled to center field. Nick Solak scored. Todd Frazier scored. 3-1 TEX.

Top fifth:

Yoan Moncada singled off the pitcher's leg, Nomar Mazara scored. 3-2 TEX.
Yasmani Grandal homered to left field, Moncada scored. 4-3 CHW.

Bottom fifth:

Nick Solak sacrifice fly to left field, Joey Gallo scored. 4-4.

Top seventh:

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. 5-4 CHW.

Top ninth:

Grandal doubled to right field, Encarnacion and Jimenez scored. 7-4 CHW.
Tim Anderson walked, Moncada scored. 8-4 CHW.
Nick Madrigal walked, Grandal scored. 9-4 CHW.

Bottom ninth:

Choo homered to left field. 9-5 CHW.
Willie Calhoun homered to right field. 9-6 CHW.

Notable performance: The White Sox Nos. 3-5 hitters did most of the damage offensively. Moncada, Grandal and Abreu went 6-for-12 collectively, driving in six of the nine Chicago runs.

Next game: Sunday, July 5 - Game 91: White Sox at Rangers (Lucas Giolito, 7-7, 4.46 ERA vs Corey Kluber, 5-6, 3.65 ERA)

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MLB The Show: White Sox beat Indians on Father's Day with extra-inning heroics

MLB The Show: White Sox beat Indians on Father's Day with extra-inning heroics

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. Indians, 2-1 (F/11)
Record: 44-34, 2nd in AL Central (0.5 GB of Twins)

W: Dane Dunning (4-1)
L: Adam Cimber (2-5)
SV: Alex Colome (15)

Game summary: Leury Garcia hasn’t had the playing time he had in 2019, but he's come up clutch when the White Sox have needed him. Garcia hit a solo home run off Adam Cimber in the 11th inning to give the Sox a 2-1 lead and help sweep the Indians on Father’s Day at Progressive Field. The solo shot was Garcia’s second game-winning home run of the season.

After a Bradley Zimmer homer in the third, the White Sox struggled to score until the seventh, when Tim Anderson hit a towering shot to the left field bleachers to tie the game at 1. Anderson’s 14th home run of the season knocked out Adam Civale, who was rolling through 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

The South Siders were led by a great performance on the mound by Dylan Cease, who went six innings with six strikeouts and only one earned run. Dane Dunning followed him and kept the Tribe at bay all afternoon, going four scoreless frames to pick up his fourth win of the season. Alex Colome picked up his 15th save but it wasn’t easy, as he got in a bases-loaded jam in the 11th before striking out Oscar Mercado.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 1-5, 2B (.319 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-5 (.248 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 0-5 (.274 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 0-3, BB (.312 BA)
Jose Abreu: 0-3 (.297 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-4, HR, RBI (.277 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-4 (.239 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-1, BB (.277 BA)
PH: Leury Garcia: 1-2, HR, RBI (.225 AVG)
Nomar Mazara: 0-2 (.257 BA)
PH: James McCann: 0-1 (.000 AVG)
PH: Luis Basabe: 1-1 (.333 AVG)

Scoring summary:

Bottom third:

Bradley Zimmer homered to right field. 1-0 CLE.

Top seventh:

Tim Anderson homered to left field. 1-1.

Top 11th:

Leury Garcia homered to center field. 2-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Luis Basabe picked up his first career major league hit Sunday with a single down the left field line. Basabe spent 2019 in Kannapolis and Birmingham but got the call early in the season as the Sox young nucleus continues to grow.

Next game: Monday, June 22 - Game 79: Tigers at White Sox (Michael Fulmer, 2-6, 4.87 ERA vs Reynaldo Lopez, 6-3, 4.32 ERA)  

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