The Chicago White Sox had three All-Stars in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game and they didn’t disappoint us in how they played in the actual game.
The American League All-Stars are victorious once again in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game! The Chicago White Sox were right in the middle of it as they made an impact on the game in a positive way and helped their American League foes defeat the National League. That is the seventh straight win for the American League in the summer classic. They are now 25-6-1 in the last 32 All-Star games. They now lead the all-time series 45-43-2.
Lucas Giolito was the first White Sox player to make an appearance in the game. He came out to pitch in the top of the fourth inning for the American League. Many speculated that he would get the nod as the starter but Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora opted to go with Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander, a respectable decision.
Giolito got off to a less than ideal start when he threw four straight balls to give out a leadoff walk. Then he locked it down and got three straight outs. He had a final stat line of 1 IP, BB, SO, 0 H and 0 R. It was about as good of an All-Star appearance you’d want from your teams’ pitcher. It was so great to see him throw a great inning in an all-star game, including striking out one of the best players in the MLB, Cody Bellinger. From where he was last year to where he is now is incredible.
Jose Abreu came in as a defensive replacement. The guy who you’d expect to have the biggest impact out of the three White Sox players really didn’t have an impact on the win. He grounded into a double play in his one plate appearance. Either way, Abreu has been the best White Sox hitter since coming to Chicago so it is great to see him get recognized.
Then there is one of the greatest stories in all of baseball. James McCann is an all-star catcher. He was not only great defensively as he had an incredible catch in foul territory to end the inning, but he also had a major impact on the final score. He hit a ball to the gap which allowed a runner to advance from first to third who would eventually score. The A.L. only won by one run so you can say it was a major moment in the ballgame.
It was so great to see three players from the Chicago White Sox in the big game and hopefully, more and more guys on this team get the opportunity to go as this rebuild moves along. Yoan Moncada was one of the bigger snubs across the league from the all-star game and guys like Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson will likely get nods someday as well. It is a great time to be a White Sox fan!