The Chicago White Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs which is fun no matter what time of year it is.
Ah, summer nights at Wrigley. Just kidding, those are only ever fun when the Chicago White Sox are there for a game. That is what finally happened for an exhibition game on Sunday night. It was only an exhibition game but it felt like it meant something special when the White Sox played the Chicago Cubs for the first time this season.
Both teams want to have good years in 2020 and this was a good way to set the stage. The White Sox came out and won the game by a final score of 7-3. The Chicago Cubs sent out their Opening Day starter, Kyle Hendricks. The White Sox matched him with an AAA pitcher named Drew Anderson. The Cubs got to Anderson early with a 2-0 lead but the White Sox didn’t sit back any further.
A big six-run inning rallied the White Sox before they eventually won the game. It was awesome to watch baseball again, but it was even more fun to watch the White Sox beat the Cubs. It doesn’t matter if it is a regular season game, an exhibition game, or a friendly team game of golf. The team on the South Side needs to defeat the team on the North Side.
You can tell that the White Sox came to play despite being heavily outmatched in the starting pitching category. Yasmani Grandal decided to have a huge game and was the anchor of that six run inning. He is exactly what the White Sox needed in the middle of their lineup so now it is exciting to see what he can do.
Luis Robert played in this game and was phenomenal. Kyle Hendricks is probably the best pitcher that Robert has ever faced which made this a really nice test. He made Robert look silly by painting a corner for a called strike three early in the game but Robert would come back and have two hits to go 2-3 on the day. It is really cool to see this kid make adjustments that work for himself.
This wasn’t the last practice game against the Cubs. The White Sox are going to take them on at Guaranteed Rate Field tonight. The White Sox should start a pretty power filled lineup again and Dallas Keuchel is expected to get the start against Yu Darvish. This should be a fun way to begin a new week! Hopefully, they can match what they did in this road game last night but this time at home.