White Sox catcher has stellar performance offensively and defensively to help team snap three-game losing streak with win over Toronto Blue Jays.
After a brief three-game losing streak for the White Sox, James McCann had another stellar performance to help the team to a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. McCann collected four hits in the victory and was also stellar defensively.
Entering Saturday’s game, the White Sox pitching staff was struggling along with the offense. There weren’t any quality starts in the team’s three-game losing streak and the offense while showing signs of life at times, couldn’t come through when it mattered most.
That all ended on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. Ivan Nova posted a quality start for the Sox as he pitched six innings while allowing just one earned run and recording three strikeouts. Nova was helped out not only by the Sox offense which scored early with a Yolmer Sanchez solo home run in the third inning but also by McCann’s head’s up play in the infield.
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In the sixth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. attempted to advance to third base on a groundout by Justin Smoak. But McCann would cover third base and later assist in catching Guerrero in a rundown when the rookie was trying to get to third base.
McCann would chase Guerrero back to second base before throwing the ball to Sanchez to apply the tag.
The Sox offense was brilliant throughout their game and it was much-needed. After scoring just three runs in their series opener against the Blue Jays on Friday, the Sox offense scored seven runs on Saturday afternoon.
McCann’s performance on offense was the story of the game. He went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Sox. McCann has been phenomenal early this season for the Sox and is perhaps their best free agent signing of this past offseason. While many Sox fans bemoaned the franchise for signing McCann over other free agent catchers, he’s proving to be a valuable member of the team.
The Sox badly needed this win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon. They were 16-18 before Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and were in line for a series win on the road. However, they would lose their next two games and dropped their contest on Friday to fall to 16-21.
It appeared the Sox would be going in the wrong direction again. But with their latest win, they’re in line for a series win on Sunday and a winning road trip. Lucas Giolito will start for the Sox in their series finale against Toronto on Sunday. It would be great if he could follow up his best outing of the season with another quality start.