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MLB The Show: White Sox pitching staff stymies Athletics, clinch series

MLB The Show: White Sox pitching staff stymies Athletics, clinch series

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. Athletics 5-1
Record: 49-36 this season, first in AL Central (2 games ahead of Twins)

W: Gio Gonzalez (4-2)
L: Chris Bassitt (3-6)

Game summary: During the first couple months of the season, the White Sox had a habit of falling behind early and often. Because they often dug themselves into holes, they dropped a multitude of games and quickly fell to the cellar of the division.

The tides turned in May and it was the White Sox who jumped out to early leads. Now they sit at the top of the division, and if they keep replicating performances like Sunday’s, don’t expect them to relinquish that spot any time soon.

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The heart of the order was responsible for the first-inning scoring in the finale vs the A’s. Yasmani Grandal knocked in Yoan Moncada on a single to center. Then, Jose Abreu hit a two-run blast to left, his 25th of the season. It marked the fifth time in the last six games Chicago scored at least one run in the opening frame.

The White Sox pitching was in top form, albeit not in a conventional sense. Michael Kopech, Sunday’s starter, went four innings, striking out six batters and allowing one run. Gio Gonzalez followed up with four innings of shutout baseball while striking out five.

Eloy Jimenez put the exclamation mark on this affair, hitting his 30th homer of the season to put the Sox ahead by four. He joined Grandal and Anthony Rendon as the only players in the AL with 30 or more long balls. The White Sox took two of three from Oakland and remain two games ahead of Minnesota in the division.

White Sox lineup

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-4 (.317 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-3, HR (30) RBI, 2 R (.249 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, R (.283 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-4, RBI, R (.307 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-4, 2B, HR (25), 2 RBI, R (.302 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-4, 2B (.276 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-4 (.253 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-3 (.279 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4, 2B (.256 BA)

Scoring summary: 

Bottom first

Yasmani Grandal singled to center field, Yoan Moncada scored. 1-0 CHW.
Jose Abreu homered to left field, Grandal scored. 3-0 CHW.

Top fifth

Khris Davis homered to left field. 3-1 CHW.

Bottom fifth

Moncada doubled to center field, Eloy Jimenez scored. 4-1 CHW.

Bottom seventh

Jimenez homered to left field. 5-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Pitchers are having a hard time figuring out how to stymie Moncada these days. In his last six games, he's batting .458 (11-for-24) with four doubles, two RBIs and six runs. 

Next game: Tuesday, June 30 - Game 86: White Sox at Blue Jays (Lucas Giolito, 6-7, 4.31 ERA vs Chase Anderson, 4-2, 3.75 ERA)

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Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

A scary scene unfolded during the 4th inning of Monday’s series opener between the White Sox and Tigers.

C.J. Cron needed to be helped off the field after he got hit by a sharp ground ball while fielding at first base.

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Cron laid on the ground for several minutes after the play and limped off the field with the help of Tigers staff.

Amazingly, pitcher Daniel Norris was able to corral the ball and tag out Danny Mendick to end the inning.

Cron has been one of the Tigers’ best power hitters, tied for the team league with four home runs.


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White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

Of all the White Sox players this season, the spotlight has shined brightest on Luis Robert, but he says that’s not the reason for his recent five-game slump. In fact, Robert doesn’t even see himself as a new face of the franchise, despite all the hype surrounding his MLB debut and hot start to the season.

“I honestly don’t feel that way,” Robert said via team interpreter Billy Russo. “I just think that I’m the new guy.”

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It’s clear the pressure didn’t affect Robert earlier in the year as he notched at least one hit in his first six games, and racked up 14 hits through 10 games. As the impressive performances at the plate mounted, so did the buzz around the young centerfielder. But Robert insists he doesn’t think about it, even though he’s slashing a lowly .158/.200/.211 over his last five games, and out of the lineup for the first time in his career on Monday.

“I know everyone’s trying to talk about me, about my option for Rookie of the Year and that kind of stuff,” Robert said via Russo. “But for me I just feel like another guy for this team. I don’t feel that pressure, that attention. I know that it’s there, but I don’t think about that.”

So is this mini-slump due to an adjustment in the way pitchers are approaching Robert at the plate? Again, Robert says no.

“Pitchers have been attacking me the same way since the season started. I didn’t have good results the last few days, but I just have to keep working. There’s nothing different that they have done against me. It’s just a matter of results.”

Robert has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to a pitcher’s approach mid-game. Now it’s time to see how he adjusts to a little major league adversity.


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