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. Tigers, 9-2
Record: 34-32, 3rd in A.L. Central (2.0 GB of Indians)
Game summary: After taking the first two games of the series with the Tigers, the White Sox sent Lucas Giolito to the mound Sunday to secure the sweep. Rick Renteria and the Windy City faithful were treated to six innings of no-hit baseball from the right hander, who lost the no-no on a dribbler off the bat of Niko Goodrum in the seventh.
Giolito got out of the seventh unscathed but in the eighth, an RBI single from Harold Castro ended his afternoon. A batter later, Miguel Cabrera doubled home Castro to draw the Tigers within a run. The Sox responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning, when Nomar Mazara hit a towering grand slam to give them a five-run advantage. Later in the inning, Yasmani Grandal hit an opposite field two-run home run to cap off a six-run inning for the Sox.
White Sox lineup:
Edwin Encarnacion: 2-4, 2B, RBI (.323 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 2-5, 2B (.262 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-4, BB (.264 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI (.315 BA)
Jose Abreu: 1-4, 2B, BB (.309 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-4 (.288 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-2, 2 BB (.246 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-2, 2 BB (.258 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 4-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2B (.263 BA)
Luis Robert singled to right field, Jose Abreu scored. 1-0 CHW.
Nomar Mazara singled to right field, Robert scored. 2-0 CHW.
Edwin Encarnacion singled to center field, Nick Madrigal scored. 3-0 CHW.
Harold Castro singled to center field, Victor Reyes scored. 3-1 CHW.
Miguel Cabrera doubled to right field, Castro scored. 3-2 CHW.
Mazara homered to right field, Tim Anderson, Robert and Madrigal scored. 7-2 CHW.
Yasmani Grandal homered to left field, Encarnacion scored. 9-2 CHW.
Notable performance: Grandal homered once again, tying teammate Eloy Jimenez for second in the AL with 22 long balls. Grandal also now ranks third in RBIs (59).
Next game: Tuesday, June 9 - Game 67: Indians at White Sox (Mike Clevinger, 8-2, 3.39 ERA vs Dallas Keuchel, 2-5, 6.90 ERA)
MLB The Show: White Sox complete sweep of Tigers behind Lucas Giolito originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago