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MLB The Show sim: White Sox ride long ball against Padres, snap losing streak

MLB The Show sim: White Sox ride long ball against Padres, snap losing streak

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. Padres 7-6
Record: 15-28, t-4th in A.L. Central (10.0 GB of Twins)

W: Kelvin Herrera (1-3)
L: Kirby Yates (0-2)
SV: Alex Colome (5)

Game summary: When you’re in the midst of a terrible losing stretch (seven straight for the White Sox), sometimes you just need to will your way to victory through heart alone. Well, in this case, the heart of the order.

Jose Abreu, the three-hole hitter, roped a solo homer in the sixth inning that hugged the left field line and ended Padres starter Garrett Richards' day. Eloy Jimenez, the cleanup hitter, made it back-to-back, also drilling a homer to left field. Nomar Mazara capped the inning with an RBI single to center, giving the White Sox a 3-2 lead. More heart later.

Gio Gonzalez clocked five innings, allowing two runs and striking out four batters, but it seems like the bullpen just can’t catch a break this season. From the sixth through eighth, White Sox relievers gave up four runs, potentially sending the team to its eighth straight loss.

But the heart was beating loudly in this one. Jimenez hit another solo homer in the eightth, his 14th of the season. Abreu sent White Sox back to Chicago happy, crushing a three-run homer off closer Kirby Yates.

The White Sox won 7-6 and mercifully ended their week-long losing streak.

White Sox lineup

Tim Anderson: 3-4, 2B, R (.302 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, R (.264 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-5, 2 HR (13), 4 RBI, 2 R (.270 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 3-5, 2 HR (14), 2 RBI, 2 R (.236 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, 2B, R (.236 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 0-3 (.248 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-4 (.280 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4, RBI, (.220 BA)
Gio Gonzalez: 0-2 (.000 BA)

Scoring summary

Bottom first

Fernando Tatis Jr. singled to center field, Tommy Pham scored. 1-0 SD.

Bottom fifth

Michael Gettys grounded out to third base, Trent Grisham scored. 2-0 SD.

Top sixth

Jose Abreu homered to left field. 2-1 SD.
Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. 2-2.
Nomar Mazara singled to center field, Luis Robert scored. 3-2 CHW.

Bottom sixth

Josh Naylor homered to right field. 3-3.

Bottom seventh

Gettys grounded out to shortstop, Grisham scored. 4-3 SD.

Top 8th

Jimenez homered to left field. 4-4.

Bottom eighth

Tatis Jr. singled to center field, Pham scored on Robert error. 5-4 SD.
Brian Dozier flew out to center field, Tatis Jr. scored. 6-4 SD.

Top 9th

Abreu homered to left field, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada scored. 7-6 CHW.

Notable performance: Jimenez is the textbook definition of a modern slugger. The batting average may not stand out, but boy do the power numbers. Jimenez’s 14 homers lead the White Sox and are one off the American League lead. Meanwhile, his 41 RBIs in 43 games is the best on the team and in the AL.

Next game: Thursday, May 14 - Game 44: Blue Jays vs White Sox (Trent Thornton, 2-4, 3.99 ERA vs Reynaldo Lopez, 2-2, 4.64 ERA) 

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MLB The Show sim: Dallas Keuchel roughed up, White Sox fall to Padres

MLB The Show sim: Dallas Keuchel roughed up, White Sox fall to Padres

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: Padres def. White Sox 8-3

Record: 14-28, Last in A.L. Central (11.0 GB of Twins)

W: Joey Lucchesi (3-3)
L: Dallas Keuchel (1-4)
SV: Kirby Yates (13)

Game summary: Coming in as losers of six of their last seven contests, the White Sox were in desperate need of a good start from Dallas Keuchel but got the complete opposite. Keuchel gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Manny Machado and then lost complete control of the strike zone in the third. After a Fernando Tatis Jr. RBI single, Keuchel walked home two runs to give San Diego a 5-0 advantage, ending his night early. 

Tim Anderson drove in two runs with a double in the fifth to make it 5-2. He continues to pace the American League in hits (55). That was the closest the Sox would get to lead, as Machado hit his second homer of the game the next inning. San Diego added insult to injury when Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi singled home a run to make it 7-2 Padres.

Down 8-3 in the ninth, the Sox had a chance to get within one when Luis Robert stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. The Padres brought in closer Kirby Yates to face Robert, who struck for the fourth time in the game to end it.

White Sox lineup:

Tim Anderson: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI (.293 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-5 (.265 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-5, BB (.266 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-3, 2 BB (.224 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-5 (.237 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, BB (.253 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-4 (.295 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-4 (.219 BA)
Dallas Keuchel: 0-1 (.000 BA)

PH: Leury Garcia: 1-1 (.211 BA)
PH: James McCann: 0-0, BB (.000 BA)
PH: Edwin Encarnacion: 1-1, 2B (.310 BA)

Scoring summary:

Bottom first:

Manny Machado homered to left field, Wil Myers scored. 2-0 SD.

Bottom third:

Fernando Tatis Jr. singled to right field, Joey Lucchesi scored. 3-0 SD.
Francisco Mejia walked, Greg Garcia scored. 4-0 SD.
Trent Grisham walked, Tatis Jr. scored. 5-0 SD.

Top fifth:

Tim Anderson doubled to right field, Nomar Mazara and Leury Garcia scored. 5-2 SD.

Bottom fifth:

Machado homered to right field. 6-2 SD.
Lucchesi singled to left field, Josh Naylor scored. 7-2 SD

Bottom seventh:

Michael Gettys sacrifice fly to right field, Naylor scored. 8-2 SD.

Top ninth:

Edwin Encarnacion doubled to right field, Mazara scored. 8-3 SD.

Notable performance: Jimmy Cordero continues to be the one constant in the Sox pen. He pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings, and his 1.95 ERA is a team best in a Sox bullpen that ranks dead last in baseball in ERA.

Next game: Wednesday, May 13 - Game 43: White Sox at Padres (Gio Gonzalez, 1-2, 6.03 ERA vs Garrett Richards, 1-5, 5.54 ERA)

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Glenn Beckert, member of '69 Cubs and former All-Star, dies

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Glenn Beckert, member of '69 Cubs and former All-Star, dies

Glenn Beckert, a four-time all-star in the 1960s and 1970s, died in Florida on Sunday.

Fergie Jenkins, a teammate of Beckert’s with the Cubs, tweeted out condolences, and the Cubs released a statement on his death. Beckert was 79.


Beckert played for the Cubs from 1965 to 1973 before finishing his career with two years with the San Diego Padres. The second baseman won a Gold Glove in 1968 and was an All-Star each of the next four seasons.

“Glenn Beckert was a wonderful person who also happened to be an excellent ballplayer,” read the statement from the Cubs. “He was a mainstay at second base for the Cubs for nine seasons from 1965-73, earning a spot on four All-Star teams and a reputation for one of the toughest at-bats in the league as evidenced by his low strikeout rate. Glenn more than held his own playing alongside future Hall of Famers and won a Gold Glove for defensive excellence at second base in 1968.

“After his playing days concluded, Glenn was a familiar sight at Wrigley Field and numerous Cubs Conventions, and he always had a memory to share of his time on-and-off the field with his beloved teammates. We offer our deepest condolences to Glenn’s daughters, Tracy Seaman and Dana Starck, his longtime partner Marybruce Standley and his many, many friends.”

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