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)
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)
Fernando Tatis Jr. singled to center field, Tommy Pham scored. 1-0 SD.
Michael Gettys grounded out to third base, Trent Grisham scored. 2-0 SD.
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.
Josh Naylor homered to right field. 3-3.
Gettys grounded out to shortstop, Grisham scored. 4-3 SD.
Jimenez homered to left field. 4-4.
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.
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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