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)
Ramon Urias doubled to center field, Trey Mancini scored. 1-0 BAL.
Eloy Jimenez homered to left field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 2-1 CHW.
Yoan Moncada homered to left field, Encarnacion and Jimenez scored. 5-1 CHW.
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)Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.