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.
After two straight games of baseball bashing, it seemed like White Sox bats were finally going to have a quiet day in the final matchup of a three-game set vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The South Siders managed only one run through the first seven innings of play, an RBI single by Jose Abreu in the third.
Meanwhile, Reynaldo Lopez, looking to build off his five innings of one-run ball last time out, ran into trouble in the fifth. The Dominican hurler gave up a three-run homer to Christian Vazquez, who already has 12 RBI (T-2nd in the AL) on the young season.
With the White Sox trailing 4-1 in the eighth, it looked like the brooms would have to be kept in the closet for another day. That all changed with two swings of the bat. First, Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run blast that hugged the left field line and just cleared the Green Monster to tie the game 4-4.
Then, Nomar Mazara hit a game-winning no-doubter 447 feet to right field, his first home run of 2020. Aaron Bummer shut the door, just like the first two games of the series and the White Sox completed the sweep of the Red Sox, 5-4.
Result: White Sox def. Red Sox 5-4
Record: 6-3, first in AL Central
W: Jimmy Cordero (1-0)
L: Ryan Brasier (1-2)
SV: Aaron Bummer (5)
White Sox lineup
Tim Anderson: 2-5, 2B (.359 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, 2B (.359 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-5, RBI (.268 BA)
Edwin Encarnacion: 1-3, 2 BB (.226 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, 2 BB (.343 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI (.273 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-5 (.211 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4, HR, RBI (.212 BA)
Leury Garcia: 0-3, BB (.231 BA)
Jose Abreu singled to left field. Tim Anderson scored. 1-0 CHW.
Christian Vazquez homered to left field. Mitch Moreland scored. Alex Verdugo scored. 3-1 BOS
Jackie Bradley Jr. walked. Rafael Devers scored. 4-1 BOS
Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. Edwin Encarnacion scored. Yasmani Grandal scored. 4-4
Nomar Mazara homered to right field. 5-4 CHW
Notable performance: Though he may sit just outside of the heart of the White Sox order, Eloy Jimenez has been the team’s top run producer this year. With his three-run homer in the eighth, the young slugger already has 11 RBIs in nine games. That’s the most on the White Sox and tied for ninth in the AL.
Next game: Monday, April 6 - Game 10: Mariners vs. White Sox (Dylan Cease vs. Marco Gonzales)