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 10-4
Record: 43-34 this season, second in AL Central (1.5 GB)
W: Dallas Keuchel (4-5)
L: Phil Maton (1-3)
Game summary: It doesn’t matter who their opponent is these days because the White Sox offense is gonna deal a major blow. The Indians are the latest team to experience this.
The bottom of the order led the charge in this one. Nomar Mazara, the No. 9 hitter, hit a solo homer in the second to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead. After the Indians briefly went ahead in the fifth, Luis Robert, the No. 7 hitter, answered right back with a two-run double in the sixth. Mazara returned for second-helpings and crushed a three-run homer to straightaway center in the eighth to give the South Siders a 7-3 lead.
While the bottom of the order did the bulk of the damage, Yasmani Grandal delivered his MVP moment of the day. He put the icing on the cake with a three-run blast of his own in the eighth.
With the win, the White Sox gained a game on the Twins, whose 10-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday.
White Sox lineup
Edwin Encarnacion: 2-4, 2B, 2 R (.321 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-3, 2 BB (.252 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 0-3, 2 BB, R (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 3-5, 2B, HR (30), 3 RBI, 2 R (.315 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, RBI, R (.300 BA)
Tim Anderson: 0-4, BB, R (.277 BA)
Luis Robert: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R (.243 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-5 (.279 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-5, 2 HR (14), 4 RBI, 2 R (.259 BA)
Jose Abreu flew out to left field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 1-0 CHW.
Nomar Mazara homered to right field. 2-0 CHW.
Carlos Santana singled to left field, Jose Ramirez scored. 2-1 CHW.
Francisco Lindor homered to center field, Sandy Leon scored. 3-2 CLE.
Luis Robert doubled to center field, Yasmani Grandal and Abreu scored. 4-3 CHW.
Mazara homered to center field, Tim Anderson and Robert scored. 7-3 CHW.
Grandal homered to center field, Encarnacion and Yoan Moncada scored. 10-3 CHW.
Lindor walked, Santana scored. 10-4 CHW.
Notable performance: There's no signs of slowing down for the Grandal, the White Sox cleanup hitter. With his three-run homer on Saturday, he's the first player in the AL to crack 30 long balls. He also leads the league in RBIs (76) and WAR (5.9).
Next game: Sunday, June 21 - Game 78: White Sox at Indians (Dylan Cease, 3-4, 6.14 ERA vs Aaron Civale, 5-6, 4.90 ERA)
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