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MLB The Show: White Sox beat Orioles behind Lucas Giolito's dominant outing

MLB The Show: White Sox beat Orioles behind Lucas Giolito's dominant outing

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, 5-2

Record: 27-29, 3rd in A.L. Central (3.0 GB of Twins)

W: Lucas Giolito (3-7)
L: Hector Velazquez (3-3)
SV: Alex Colome (9)

Game summary: After struggling to start the season, we saw the dominant Lucas Giolito return on Wednesday. He struck out 12 Orioles to lead the White Sox to their ninth straight win, putting them within three games of the division-leading Twins.

Giolito carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning and struck out 10 in the first five innings. He ultimately went seven innings while giving up one earned run and three hits.

Eloy Jimenez led the White Sox offensively once again, launching his league-leading 22nd home run in the sixth to give the White Sox the lead. An inning later, the Sox got a boost from Yoan Moncada, who hit a three-run home run down the left field line that just made it around the foul pole to put the Sox up 5-1.

Jose Abreu came into Wednesday's action with a 19-game hitting streak but couldn't pick up a base knock. He walked three times and went 0-for-1 against the O's.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 3-5 (.315 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI (.272 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI (.255 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-4 (.252 BA)
Jose Abreu: 0-1, 3 BB (.305 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-4 (.301 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-3, BB (.240 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 0-4 (.302 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 0-4 (.239 BA)

Scoring summary:

Bottom fourth:

Ramon Urias doubled to center field, Trey Mancini scored. 1-0 BAL.

Top sixth:

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 2-1 CHW.

Top seventh:

Yoan Moncada homered to left field, Encarnacion and Jimenez scored. 5-1 CHW.

Bottom ninth:

Rio Ruiz singled to shortstop, Hanser Alberto scored. 5-2 CHW.

Notable performance: Encarnacion has been a force at the plate since taking over the leadoff spot and has been the catalyst for the Sox recently. His .315 average is 11th in the American League and his 40 runs rank sixth.

Next game: Thursday, May 28 - Game 57: White Sox at Orioles (Dallas Keuchel, 1-5, 7.71 ERA vs Alex Cobb, 3-7, 4.23 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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MLB The Show: White Sox celebrate Memorial Day with 6-4 win over Orioles

MLB The Show: White Sox celebrate Memorial Day with 6-4 win over 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, 6-4

Record: 25-29, 3rd in A.L. Central (5.0 GB of Twins)

W: Reynaldo Lopez (5-2)
L: Asher Wojciechowski (1-6)
SV: Alex Colome (8)

Game summary: Monday’s Memorial Day matchup between the White Sox and Orioles was one of two teams going in opposite directions. The White Sox are red hot with a six-game winning streak, while the O’s were riding a nine-game losing skid.

The White Sox set off the fireworks early with a leadoff home run from Edwin Encarnacion, his 16th of the season. Two batters later, Yoan Moncada homered for the 10th time this season, becoming the sixth White Sox hitter with double-digit long balls on the season. 

Encarnacion continued his run production in the fourth, driving in Luis Robert with a RBI single to left field to give the Sox a 3-1 lead. The offense didn’t skip a frame, scoring two in the fifth behind a Jose Abreu sacrifice fly and a Tim Anderson RBI single to give the Sox a four-run advantage.

The following inning, Eloy Jimenez joined the power production with his 20th homer of the season, tied for league lead with Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI (.314 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-5, HR, RBI (.268 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-5, HR, RBI (.261 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 2-5, 2B (.252 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, RBI (.308 BA)
Tim Anderson: 2-4, RBI, 2B (.300 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-3, BB (.237 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-4, 2 2B (.299 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4 (.244 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first:

Edwin Encarnacion homered to center field. 1-0 CHW.
Yoan Moncada homered to right field. 2-0 CHW.

Bottom second:

Renato Nunez homered to left field. 2-1 CHW.

Top fourth:

Encarnacion singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 3-1 CHW.

Top fifth:

Jose Abreu sacrifice fly to center field, Moncada scored. 4-1 CHW.
Tim Anderson singled to center field, Nick Madrigal scored. 5-1 CHW.

Top sixth:

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. 6-1 CHW.

Bottom seventh:

Austin Hays doubled to right field, Trey Mancini scored. 6-2 CHW.

Bottom ninth:

Ramon Urias doubled to right field, D.J. Stewart and Hays scored. 6-4 CHW.

Notable performance: Reynaldo Lopez continues to pitch well, leading the White Sox with five wins on the season. He went 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven Baltimore batters and only allowing two earned runs. 

Next game: Tuesday, May 26 - Game 55: White Sox at Orioles (Michael Kopech, 0-0, 2.13 ERA vs Keegan Akin, 2-3, 4.44 ERA)

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