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. Royals, 10-5
Record: 31-31, 3rd in A.L. Central (2.5 GB of Twins and Indians)
W: Jimmy Cordero (4-0)
L: Tim Hill (0-1)
Game summary: After an Alex Colome blown save in the ninth with a 5-3 lead, the White Sox again looked to their extra-inning hero, Yasmani Grandal, to come up clutch in the 11th inning. Grandal's RBI single opened the flood gates as the White Sox scored five in the 11th to take a 10-5 lead.
The White Sox were led Wednesday by Luis Robert, who had his best game at the plate in a Sox uniform, going 4-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. The 3-7 lineups spots produced 12 hits and seven of the 10 RBIs.
The turning point for the Sox offense came in the seventh, when Yoan Moncada broke the 3-3 tie with a solo home run to left field. The next inning, Grandal doubled to center field to give the South Siders a 5-3 lead heading into the ninth. Grandal's .328 average ranks seventh in the American League, as he and Edwin Encarnacion battle for the team's best batting average on a daily basis.
With a win Wednesday, the White Sox returned to .500 after sliding to more than 10 games under .500 in the opening months of the season. As the Twins' skid continues, the White Sox have drawn within 2 1/2 games of the division lead.
White Sox lineup:
Edwin Encarnacion: 1-4, 2B, 2 BB (.327 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-6 (.266 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-6, HR, 2 RBI (.259 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 2-6, 2B (.259 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-6, 2 RBI (.313 BA)
Tim Anderson: 2-6, RBI, 2B (.295 BA)
Luis Robert: 4-6, 2 RBI, 2B (.251 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 2B (.328 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB (.252 BA)
Salvador Perez doubled to left field, Hunter Dozier scored. 1-0 KC.
Luis Robert doubled to right field, Nick Madrigal scored. 1-1.
Jorge Soler homered to center field. 2-1 KC.
Robert singled to center field, Madrigal scored. 2-2.
Yasmani Grandal sacrifice fly to center field, Jose Abreu scored. 3-2 CHW.
Perez grounded out to third base, Dozier scored. 3-3.
Yoan Moncada homered to left field. 4-3 CHW.
Grandal doubled to left field, Tim Anderson scored. 5-3 CHW.
Perez homered to left field, Dozier scored. 5-5.
Grandal doubled to left field, Robert scored. 6-5 CHW.
Moncada singled to right field, Grandal scored. 7-5 CHW.
Abreu singled to left field, Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion scored. 9-5 CHW.
Anderson singled to center field, Moncada scored. 10-5 CHW.
Notable performance: Jimmy Cordero picked up his fourth win of the season and continues to have the best ERA in the White Sox bullpen (2.58). Cordero was electric Wednesday, coming in for two innings of work and striking out four Royals on the way to the extra-innings victory.
Next game: Thursday, June 4 - Game 63: White Sox at Royals (Dylan Cease, 3-4, 6.00 ERA vs TBD)
MLB The Show: White Sox win extra-innings battle vs. Royals, reach .500 mark originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago