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Who picked the best team in our 21st century White Sox fantasy draft?

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Who picked the best team in our 21st century White Sox fantasy draft?

Coming up with one White Sox all-century team is not terribly difficult.

Drafting four of them is a little bit more involved. And a lot more fun, it turns out.

Four of us — Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Adam Hoge and myself — took to the White Sox Talk Podcast with one goal in mind: draft the best team from a pool of every player who has played for the White Sox since the year 2000.

That meant some of the all-time greats, such as Frank Thomas, were limited to their 21st-century production, forgetting about what they did during the 1990s. It meant only applying what they did in a White Sox uniform, so Manny Ramirez was not a hot commodity. It meant that players on the current roster who have yet to play a regular-season game, like Yasmani Grandal and Luis Robert, were not eligible for selection.

When it came to certain positions, things got a little tricky. A.J. Pierzynski went off the board in the first round because of his standing compared to the other catchers available. Drafting a first baseman after Paul Konerko and Jose Abreu were picked was a chore. Some of us had to get creative with our defensive alignments.

But like all fantasy drafts with friends, this was a fun one. And you can listen to it as it happened on the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

Now you have a job to do: Figure out which of us drafted the best team. We’ve laid out our lineups and pitching staffs below, with player-by-player arguments for why each of our squads are the best. For the especially curious, the complete draft order is at the very bottom.

Keep the parameters above in mind while evaluating the rosters, and head to your social-media platform of choice to tell us what you think.

While waiting for a new era of White Sox baseball to begin, relive the best players the South Side has seen so far this century.

Note: Teams are listed in the order of the first four picks in the draft.

South Side Flip Men
Vinnie Duber, Manager

Tim Anderson, SS

In four big league seasons, Anderson’s won a batting title, had a 20-homer season, got snubbed from the All-Star Game and has shown off impressive range at short, all while stepping into the spotlight as a face of the franchise.

Orlando Cabrera, 2B

With a mixture of speed, defense and offensive consistency, Cabrera’s lone season on the South Side was a good one. With shortstop already occupied, though, I’ll put him at second base.

Paul Konerko, 1B

The no-doubt No. 1 overall pick in this draft, Konerko’s legacy is well known in every corner of White Sox fandom. All but one of his 16 seasons on the South Side came this century, during which he piled up more than 400 homers, more than 1,300 RBIs and 2,100 hits. No one you’d rather have in the middle of the order.

Jim Thome, DH

Thome went to the Hall of Fame, mostly, for his legendary tenure in Cleveland. But he established himself as a franchise great in his four White Sox seasons, hitting 134 homers in 529 games. One of the best power bats to pick from here.

Eloy Jimenez, RF

His rookie season wasn’t the kind of “blow the doors off the league” campaign the sky-high expectations had him pegged for, but 31 homers while figuring out the big leagues and navigating through a couple stays on the injured list? Impressive. His thunderous power was certainly on display, too, as he blasted balls to the fan deck.

Aaron Rowand, CF

No one who played center field for the White Sox in the last two decades can compare their tenure to Rowand’s. In 2004 and 2005, two of his five South Side seasons, he combined to hit 37 homers, steal 33 bases and post an .813 OPS, all while playing some top-notch defense, too.

Omar Narvaez, C

The Narv Dog’s breakout season came after he was traded (22 homers for the Mariners in 2019), but he was still an above-average offensive catcher in a White Sox uniform. In three seasons, he had a .366 on-base percentage.

Juan Pierre, LF

Pierre’s notoriously poor throwing arm means Jimenez has to shift to right, but after stocking my lineup with power and defense elsewhere, I wanted some blazing speed. Pierre’s 68 steals in the first of his two seasons with the White Sox are the third most in a single season this century.

Yolmer Sanchez, 3B

Unable to choose from Joe Crede or Yoan Moncada, you could do a lot worse than a Gold Glove infielder. Sanchez’s greatest offensive accomplishment in his White Sox career was leading the AL in triples in 2018. But let’s keep the focus on his defensive prowess.

Jose Quintana, SP

Chris Sale and Mark Buehrle were the top prizes on the pitching market, but Quintana was one of the better options after them. With a well documented lack of run support throughout his White Sox career, he still managed a 3.51 ERA, an All-Star appearance and was a near lock for 200 innings a season.

Jake Peavy, SP

#TakeJake. Peavy did his best work before coming to the South Side and won a pair of World Series rings after leaving. But he did some good things in a White Sox uniform, too, including a stellar 2012 season in which he went to the All-Star Game, won a Gold Glove and put up a 3.37 ERA and 194 strikeouts.

Esteban Loaiza, SP

More famous for … other things these days, Loaiza was briefly one of the best pitchers in baseball while wearing a White Sox uniform. In 58 games on the South Side, he had a 3.65 ERA and 291 strikeouts. He made a pair of All-Star teams, getting the start when the White Sox played host to the Midsummer Classic in 2003.

James Baldwin, SP

Much of Baldwin’s White Sox career came before the turn of the century. For these purposes, that’s a good thing, because his numbers were much better after it. He made the AL All-Star team in 2000, his best season on the South Side.

Edwin Jackson, SP

Over parts of two seasons, the perpetually on-the-move Jackson made a season’s worth of starts for the White Sox. In those 30 outings, he had a perfectly admirable 3.66 ERA and 174 strikeouts in just shy of 200 innings. In other words, probably better than you remember.

Keith Foulke, CL

He won a ring with the Red Sox and went to the All-Star Game with the A’s. But his best work came with the White Sox, where he pitched for six seasons, including three in the 21st century. From 2000 to 2002, Foulke had a 2.74 ERA and racked up 87 saves.

The Swingin’ Uribes
Chuck Garfien, Manager

Alex Rios, CF

Everyone remembers Rios for his rough season in 2011, but don’t forget about what he did in 2010: a .284/.334/.457 slash line with 21 home runs and 88 RBIs. And in 2012, he hit .304/.334/.516 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs. I got Rios in the 11th round. That’s a steal. He’s not a prototypical leadoff hitter, but the Swingin’ Uribes aren’t here for the walks. We are here to mash.

Melky Cabrera, LF

Give me Cabrera, a switch-hitter who rarely strikes out and puts the ball in play, in the No. 2 spot. If he hits like he did in 2016 for the White Sox (.296/.345/.455), we’re off to a good start. Don’t fool around with Melky, because look at the power that’s coming up next.

Jose Abreu, 1B

My first-round pick, No. 2 overall. How does Abreu match up with first-overall pick Paul Konerko? Let’s compare both first basemen from ages 27 to 32, the time Abreu has spent in the major leagues and basically the primes of their careers.

Abreu: .293/.349/.513, 218 doubles, 179 home runs, 611 RBIs
Konerko: .270/.355/.497, 148 doubles, 187 home runs, 547 RBIs

Surprising, isn’t it? Abreu for the win. For his entire White Sox career, Konerko was better for longer, and if I had the first overall pick, I would have taken Konerko, too. But I’m feeling really good having Abreu batting third, especially with the protection he’s got behind him.

Frank Thomas, DH

Only the best hitter in White Sox history batting cleanup. Check out Big Hurt’s numbers from the 2000 season: 44 doubles, 43 home runs, 115 runs scored, 143 RBIs, 112 walks. He slashed .328/.436/.625. Hello. He added another 42-homer season in 2003. But wait there’s more!

Jermaine Dye, RF

Remember how great Dye was in 2006? It doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. Forty four home runs and 120 RBIs. He hit .315/.385/.622. Finished fifth in MVP voting. He averaged 32 home runs in his five seasons with the White Sox. Dude just raked.

Todd Frazier, 3B

This offense is all about crushing baseballs. Leave singles and stolen bases to the other teams. Frazier hit 40 homers with 98 RBIs in 2016. Sure, he batted .225, but we don’t care. We hit bombs on this team.

Juan Uribe, SS

After dealing with Abreu, Thomas, Dye and Frazier, here comes the heart and soul of the Swingin’ Uribes, Juan Uribe himself. Will he be swinging for the fences? All day, every day.

Tyler Flowers, C

The catching position is not exactly deep in this White Sox league. It’s so thin that Adam Hoge picked A.J. Pierzynski in the first round! I grabbed Flowers with my final pick, in the 15th round. He hit 15 dingers in 2014. I’ll take it. Would you have preferred Raul Casanova?

Gordon Beckham, 2B

I’m rounding out my lineup with Gordon Beckham, circa 2009. Remember that guy? He had 14 homers and 28 doubles in 103 games and finished fifth in voting for AL Rookie of the Year. I don’t recall what he did after that. Doesn’t matter. This is fantasy baseball and in my fantasy, Gordon Beckham is a golden god and he will hit like one.

Jon Garland, SP

Who had more wins in his White Sox career, Chris Sale or Jon Garland? The answer is Garland — and by a wide margin: 92-74. Was Garland a better pitcher with the White Sox than Sale? No. Would I rather have Sale on my team than Garland? Yes. But you can’t have everyone, and I’ve got a pitcher leading my staff who won 18 games in both 2005 and 2006. Did Sale ever win 18 games for the White Sox? Nope. Garland it is!

Freddy Garcia, SP

Here’s what I know about my No. 2 pitcher Freddy Garcia: He will take the ball every fifth day, he will sweat through his uniform an hour before the game even starts, he will win every big game (they didn’t call him “Big Game” Freddy for nothing), and he will lose all the others, slowly and painfully. He’s all or nothing, just like Uribe.

Lucas Giolito, SP

My No. 3 starter made the All-Star team last year, finished sixth in Cy Young voting and was a finalist for a Gold Glove. Top that.

Gavin Floyd, SP

When he was on, Floyd had some of the best stuff in the game. From 2008 to 2010, Floyd’s ERA ranged from 3.84 to 4.08. That’s a great No. 4 starter. I’m happy with that.

Bartolo Colon, SP

If having Juan Uribe on this team isn’t enough, here comes the svelte Colon bringing up the rear in my rotation. What he might lack in fitness, he definitely makes up for with personality. Big Sexy went 15-13 in 2013 with nine complete games, which led the American League.

David Robertson, CL

The White Sox signed Robertson to get them saves, and that’s what he did. He had 84 of them in two and a half seasons. Bobby Jenks would have been a better fit with this cast of characters, but he was long gone. Good value pick in the 10th round.

The Kids Can Play
Ryan McGuffey, Manager

Adam Eaton, CF

Love him or hate him, Eaton had a very productive career with the White Sox. He twice led the league in triples, was a Gold Glove finalist and stabilized an outfield spot the White Sox desperately needed. His favorable contract extension was valuable when the White Sox started a rebuild, helping to land Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.

Tadahito Iguchi, 2B

On the short list of the most undervalued White Sox players of all-time, Kenny Williams signed Iguchi prior to the magical 2005 season as a virtual unknown from Japan. All Iguchi did was produce a .273/.346/.419 slash line in parts of three seasons on the South Side. In typical Iguchi fashion, he was a steal in this draft, selected in the ninth round.

Magglio Ordonez, RF

When the White Sox let Maggs walk after the 2004 season, I worried it would come back to haunt them. It worked out for both sides. Ordonez helped lead the Tigers to the 2006 World Series and was AL MVP runner-up in 2007. Maggs was ridiculous with the White Sox, winning two Silver Sluggers and earning four All-Star nods. He hit .307 with a .889 OPS in eight seasons on the South Side.

Carlos Lee, LF

El Caballo caps off what I believe is easily the best outfield of any team in the draft. Like Ordonez, Lee put up monster numbers, clubbing 152 home runs in six seasons with the White Sox. Lee was dealt to Milwaukee after the 2004 season for some guy named Scott Podsednik, but Lee remains an important player in White Sox history.

Jose Valentin, SS

I truly believe Valentin might be the most underrated player, and definitely shortstop, in White Sox history. This guy was an absolute monster at the plate, averaging more than 27 home runs a season in five years with the White Sox. Find me that pop at that position. You can’t. Plus, he was acquired in one of the best trades in White Sox history: Jamie Navarro for Valentin and Cal Eldred.

Joe Crede, 3B

Not since Robin Ventura did the White Sox have someone to stabilize the hot corner like Crede did. Crede was as important a player as anyone in the 11-1 postseason run in 2005. There are a lot of ugly names after Crede and Moncada on this list, so I snagged Crede in the third round and never looked back.

Andruw Jones, DH

I waited. And waited. And waited some more. And finally, I couldn’t wait any longer. With my last pick and trying to be creative, I selected Jones as my DH with the 59th overall pick. Jones hit 20 home runs in one season with the White Sox. I went for name recognition over WAR. I seriously considered Alejandro De Aza here.

James McCann, C

After A.J. Pierzynski, the falloff for a productive catcher was steep. But one All-Star season from McCann became a good value pick at No. 46 overall. McCann was the second catcher selected in this draft, and judging by where he was selected, it tells you just how valuable Pierzynski’s time was on the South Side.

Adam Dunn, 1B

I tried. I tried hard. I tried to avoid selecting Dunn. But then it just made too much sense for where I was in the draft. Minus a first baseman deep into the draft, I went with the power of Dunn over anything else. It’s far from a sexy pick, but with Konerko and Abreu off the board early, I took Dunn, who hit 35 percent of his 106 homers with the White Sox as a first baseman.

Mark Buehrle, SP

The easiest decision of any pick I made. I held the No. 3 overall pick and selected one of the greatest players and people to ever wear a White Sox uniform. He’s my default captain.

Javier Vazquez, SP

Vazquez was always that pitcher you expected more from. He was a reliable power pitcher that made every start. Was he up and down? Yes. But he did do some good things with the White Sox. He eclipsed 200 innings in all three of his seasons on the South Side, averaging almost 200 strikeouts per season in 97 starts. I needed a horse to plug into my rotation. I’ll take the reliability.

Michael Kopech, SP

Did I jump the gun? Absolutely. This was probably a reach at No. 38 overall, but it was also a matter of selecting a player I wanted, versus a player I didn’t. It’s clear this is a potential pick, even though the draft isn’t based on potential. My rotation takes a hit due to the value I put on the bats in my lineup. It’s a risk I’m willing to take.

Mike Sirotka, SP

Sirotka anchored a staff that led “The Kids Can Play” White Sox to the AL’s best record in 2000. Sirotka had a 3.79 ERA, tied for third in the AL, and won 15 games for the unlikely division champions. His 197 innings also led the staff. Unfortunately for Sirotka, a shoulder injury prevented him from ever pitching again after a forgettable trade to Toronto that netted David Wells.

Dylan Cease, SP

See Kopech. Potential over total value. With my second to last pick, and desperate to round out my rotation, I took Cease’s upside over the downside of pitchers that flamed out in forgettable seasons in Chicago. With Buehrle at the top, I found comfort in upside at the bottom.

Bobby Jenks, CL

I didn’t waste time. Some called it a reach. But, I have no regrets in taking the best closer to wear a White Sox uniform in the 2000s at No. 22 overall. Without Jenks, the White Sox don’t win the World Series in 2005 and don’t win 90 games in 2006. Big, bad Bobby Jenks closes the door for my bullpen and for my team.

Jurassic Carls
Adam Hoge, Manager

Scott Podsednik, CF

Easy call here. He’s the best White Sox leadoff hitter of this century. Playing him in center weakens this pick a little bit, but there’s no one else I’d rather have at the top of the order.

Yoan Moncada, 3B

Still only 24 years old, I’m buying what Moncada did in 2019. He was my third pick in the draft at No. 12 overall. The second spot in the order is where he does the most damage.

Carl Everett, DH

Kenny Williams traded for Everett twice, and even though he didn’t stick around long, he was impactful in both stints.

Carlos Quentin, LF

He was on his way to winning the MVP in 2008 before breaking his wrist on his bat. Health was an issue, but Quentin was a two-time All Star in four seasons with the White Sox.

Ray Durham, 2B

Durham only played for the White Sox until 2002, when he was traded to Oakland mid-season, but he was a 10.8 WAR player in the 2000s on the South Side. Usually a leadoff hitter, I’m batting him fifth in my lineup with Pods on the team. The fifth spot was his second most common spot in the batting order, and he posted a career .867 OPS as the fifth hitter.

A.J. Pierzynski, C

There was pretty much one catcher in this draft, so I took him with my first-round pick.

Matt Davidson, 1B

After not landing Konerko or Thomas, I decided to wait until my last pick to address first base. And I wasn’t going to take Nick Swisher, so Davidson became our “Mr. Irrelevant.”

Avisail Garcia, RF

After failing to live up to expectations, Garcia broke out with a .330 average and an All-Star appearance in 2017 before battling injuries in 2018 and moving on. He’s still a solid player and was my second-to-last pick, so the value isn’t horrible.

Alexei Ramirez, SS

One of the more underrated players in White Sox history, Ramirez was outstanding in the field and had a knack for clutch home runs.

Chris Sale, SP

Buehrle was already off the board, but I might have taken Sale first anyway. A true ace at the top of my rotation.

Jose Contreras, SP

Quite a 1-2 punch with the guy who emerged as the ace in 2005 and went to an All-Star Game in 2006.

Orlando Hernandez, SP

His one season with the White Sox wasn’t his best, but he mostly gave the team a chance to win and of course will always be known for the three outs in Boston in the ALDS.

John Danks, SP

Danks pitched a ton of games and a ton of innings for the White Sox and was mostly dependable. I like him as my fourth starter.

Carlos Rodon, SP

Still waiting for Rodon to get healthy and be dependable, there’s no question he has the stuff.

Alex Colome, CL

I waited too long to take a closer, but at No. 53 overall, I got a guy who saved 30 games last year. Not bad.

Complete draft order

  1. Paul Konerko, Vinnie
  2. Jose Abreu, Chuck
  3. Mark Buehrle, Ryan
  4. A.J. Pierzynski, Adam
  5. Chris Sale, Adam
  6. Magglio Ordonez, Ryan
  7. Jermaine Dye, Chuck
  8. Jim Thome, Vinnie
  9. Aaron Rowand, Vinnie
  10. Frank Thomas, Chuck
  11. Joe Crede, Ryan
  12. Yoan Moncada, Adam
  13. Jose Contreras, Adam
  14. Carlos Lee, Ryan
  15. Jon Garland, Chuck
  16. Jose Quintana, Vinnie
  17. Eloy Jimenez, Vinnie
  18. Lucas Giolito, Chuck
  19. Adam Eaton, Ryan
  20. Scott Podsednik, Adam
  21. Carlos Quentin, Adam
  22. Bobby Jenks, Ryan
  23. Todd Frazier, Chuck
  24. Jake Peavy, Vinnie
  25. Tim Anderson, Vinnie
  26. Freddy Garcia, Chuck
  27. Jose Valentin, Ryan
  28. Alexei Ramirez, Adam
  29. Carl Everett, Adam
  30. Javier Vazquez, Ryan
  31. Melky Cabrera, Chuck
  32. Esteban Loaiza, Vinnie
  33. Juan Pierre, Vinnie
  34. Juan Uribe, Chuck
  35. Tadahito Iguchi, Ryan
  36. Ray Durham, Adam
  37. Orlando Hernandez, Adam
  38. Michael Kopech, Ryan
  39. David Robertson, Chuck
  40. Keith Foulke, Vinnie
  41. Orlando Cabrera, Vinnie
  42. Alex Rios, Chuck
  43. Adam Dunn, Ryan
  44. John Danks, Adam
  45. Carlos Rodon, Adam
  46. James McCann, Ryan
  47. Gavin Floyd, Chuck
  48. James Baldwin, Vinnie
  49. Omar Narvaez, Vinnie
  50. Bartolo Colon, Chuck
  51. Mike Sirotka, Ryan
  52. Alex Colome, Adam
  53. Avisail Garcia, Adam
  54. Dylan Cease, Ryan
  55. Gordon Beckham, Chuck
  56. Yolmer Sanchez, Vinnie
  57. Edwin Jackson, Vinnie
  58. Tyler Flowers, Chuck
  59. Andruw Jones, Ryan
  60. Matt Davidson, Adam

 

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White Sox 2005 Rewind: 'The only a------ that wasn't tight was El Duque's'

White Sox 2005 Rewind: 'The only a------ that wasn't tight was El Duque's'

Bases loaded. Nobody out. And the White Sox held the slimmest of leads, 4-3, in Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS.

And who did Ozzie Guillen turn to?

Cliff Politte, an ace reliever who posted a 2.00 ERA during the regular season? Or Neal Cotts, who was even more effective, with a 1.94 ERA? Or even Dustin Hermanson, who closed out so many nail-biters before being replaced with fireballing rookie Bobby Jenks, and his 2.04 ERA?

No, Guillen went with the former fifth starter who was jettisoned from the rotation weeks earlier, a guy who had a 5.12 ERA during the regular season.

Enter: El Duque.

Orlando Hernandez didn’t put up the kind of regular-season numbers that would typically warrant his manager’s utmost confidence in the season’s most critical moment. But he had been in this position before.

During an illustrious tenure with the Yankees, Hernandez pitched in six postseasons in seven years, winning three World Series rings, logging more than 100 playoff innings and bringing a 2.65 ERA playoff ERA into this least enviable of situations that night at Fenway Park.

Guillen opted for playoff experience over regular-season results. And boy, did it work.

“There’s 45,000 people in the stands with tight a-------,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Our Chuck Garfien years later in an NBC Sports Chicago interview. “Every fan’s got the tight a------. Every coach, every player’s got the tight a------.

“The only a------ that wasn’t tight was El Duque’s.”

RELATED: White Sox 2005 Rewind: With a little help from old friend Tony Graffanino

Hernandez did the impossible, and he did it in the most dramatic fashion imaginable. With Fenway in a frenzy, he got Jason Varitek to pop out, coaxed the same result from Tony Graffanino to close out a 10-pitch at-bat and struck out Johnny Damon on a check swing to finish a seven-pitch at-bat, the latter two both going to full counts.

It was an escape act of epic proportions, one that carved El Duque into White Sox history and chiseled him into the statue that stands outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

“Tremendous inning under the highest amount of pressure that you can have as a baseball player,” Cooper said. “What’s worse? Bases loaded, nobody out in a playoff game. The stadium’s packed, and the whole world is watching the game. And he came through.

“The most important inning in White Sox history? Is it fair to say? I think so.”

Considering what followed, that might strike some as a tad hyperbolic. After all, if the White Sox coughed up that narrow lead in the sixth inning of Game 3, they still had three more innings to stage a comeback attempt. Even if they lost Game 3, they had two more games to win the series. And there were two more rounds of playoffs standing between a series win in Boston and ending an 88-year championship drought.

But Cooper’s right.

This entire postseason run was full of unforgettable moments. Tadahito Iguchi hit a go-ahead three-run homer two days before El Duque’s heroics. In the next round, A.J. Pierzynski swung and missed and ran to first base to turn the ALCS on its head. In the World Series, Paul Konerko, Scott Podsednik and Geoff Blum hit home runs permanently etched into the collective memory of the South Side.

But those were single swings of the bat. Hernandez had to grit through three at-bats when any slip up would have meant a tie game or worse. With nobody out, an early mistake could have snowballed into a huge inning for the Red Sox.

Not only did Hernandez escape the sixth inning. He pitched the seventh and eight, too. All in all, he retired nine of 10 batters, striking out four of them over those three innings. All with only a one-run lead. It doesn’t get any more clutch than that.

“He’s probably got the most heart of any pitcher I’ve ever been around,” Konerko told ESPN’s Erin Andrews after the game.

And why was he the guy to do it? Because he’d been there before.

He just wanted to make sure he didn’t have to be there again.

“(After the game), Duque comes over to me and says, ‘Cooper, one thing I’ll tell you. It’s OK next time if you bring me in with one guy on base. It’s even OK if you bring me in with two guys on base. But no more with three!’”

Keep reliving the White Sox march to the 2005 World Series with #SoxRewind, which features Game 1 of the ALCS, airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBC Sports Chicago.

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MLB The Show: White Sox celebrate Memorial Day with 6-4 win over Orioles

MLB The Show: White Sox celebrate Memorial Day with 6-4 win over Orioles

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, 6-4

Record: 25-29, 3rd in A.L. Central (5.0 GB of Twins)

W: Reynaldo Lopez (5-2)
L: Asher Wojciechowski (1-6)
SV: Alex Colome (8)

Game summary: Monday’s Memorial Day matchup between the White Sox and Orioles was one of two teams going in opposite directions. The White Sox are red hot with a six-game winning streak, while the O’s were riding a nine-game losing skid.

The White Sox set off the fireworks early with a leadoff home run from Edwin Encarnacion, his 16th of the season. Two batters later, Yoan Moncada homered for the 10th time this season, becoming the sixth White Sox hitter with double-digit long balls on the season. 

Encarnacion continued his run production in the fourth, driving in Luis Robert with a RBI single to left field to give the Sox a 3-1 lead. The offense didn’t skip a frame, scoring two in the fifth behind a Jose Abreu sacrifice fly and a Tim Anderson RBI single to give the Sox a four-run advantage.

The following inning, Eloy Jimenez joined the power production with his 20th homer of the season, tied for league lead with Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI (.314 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-5, HR, RBI (.268 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-5, HR, RBI (.261 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 2-5, 2B (.252 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, RBI (.308 BA)
Tim Anderson: 2-4, RBI, 2B (.300 BA)
Luis Robert: 0-3, BB (.237 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-4, 2 2B (.299 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-4 (.244 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first:

Edwin Encarnacion homered to center field. 1-0 CHW.
Yoan Moncada homered to right field. 2-0 CHW.

Bottom second:

Renato Nunez homered to left field. 2-1 CHW.

Top fourth:

Encarnacion singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 3-1 CHW.

Top fifth:

Jose Abreu sacrifice fly to center field, Moncada scored. 4-1 CHW.
Tim Anderson singled to center field, Nick Madrigal scored. 5-1 CHW.

Top sixth:

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. 6-1 CHW.

Bottom seventh:

Austin Hays doubled to right field, Trey Mancini scored. 6-2 CHW.

Bottom ninth:

Ramon Urias doubled to right field, D.J. Stewart and Hays scored. 6-4 CHW.

Notable performance: Reynaldo Lopez continues to pitch well, leading the White Sox with five wins on the season. He went 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven Baltimore batters and only allowing two earned runs. 

Next game: Tuesday, May 26 - Game 55: White Sox at Orioles (Michael Kopech, 0-0, 2.13 ERA vs Keegan Akin, 2-3, 4.44 ERA)

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