White Sox: Take the series and the season vs. Red Sox
Well, White Sox fans, that was certainly a satisfying way to end a four-game series against the team that has the most wins in the MLB.
The White Sox completely dominated the BoSox with an 8-0 win. This win gives the ChiSox a 4-3 lead on the season against Boston.
This also means that the White Sox join the Oakland A’s as the only two teams with winning records against the Red Sox in 2018.
This was only the sixth time that the Red Sox were shut out in 2018. Interestingly, the ChiSox are the only team that shutout the BoSox twice this season. The previous shutout was a 1-0 game on June 8 with Dylan Covey pitching against Chris Sale.
Sunday’s afternoon game was about as perfect as it gets. After a ceremony to honor Ken Harrelson, the Sox got right down to it and took the lead from the from the very first inning. After Ryan LaMarre struck out, Tim Anderson hit a home run and got to hear Hawk Harrelson say, “You can put it on the board!” Anderson’s hit wasn’t the only score of the inning. After a Matt Davidson single and Jose Rondon walk, Kevan Smith singled and earned an RBI on Anderson’s speedy feet.
The ChiSox scored two more in the second. Davidson earned two of his very own RBI on his 22nd double of the season. That double scored Adam Engel and LaMarre. And, it forced Alex Cora to pull Brian Johnson and replace him with Bobby Poyner, who also had some struggles.
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The White Sox scored four more runs – one each in the third, fourth, sixth, and eighth innings. Engel earned an RBI in the third when he plated Carlos Sanchez. Daniel Palka homered in the fourth (he actually homered twice in that inning as he bounced one off the foul pole, but the umps didn’t like it). Anderson hit his 25th double in the sixth and scored off of Jose Rondon fielder’s choice force out. Then, in the eighth, Sanchez singled to score Rondon.
The White Sox win was a total team effort between the timely and constant hitting and the outstanding pitching. The ChiSox had 15 hits to the BoSox five.
James Shields earned the win after pitching six innings. The BoSox recorded four hits and he struck out six and walked two. The bullpen also did its job. Caleb Frare, Juan Minaya, and Hector Santiago each pitched an inning and they each struck out two batters. The only BoSox who recorded hits were J.D. Martinez – who had two, Xander Boegarts – who also had two, and Blake Swihart.
The only negative of the day was that the Detroit Tigers also got a win against the New York Yankees, so the Tigers and White Sox are tied for third in the AL Central. They face each other on Monday, so the standings will change. It should be a pitching duel as Reynaldo Lopez faces off against the Tigers ace, Michael Fulmer. The game starts at 1:10 CT.