The Chicago White Sox pulled out an incredibly wild win on Friday night. They didn’t make it as pretty as some of us would have liked but they got it done. They were up 7-1 at one point but a big Tigers inning allowed them to take an 8-7 lead. Yasmani Grandal tied it with his second home run of the night before some magic in the ninth gave the Sox the win.
The Chicago White Sox was able to pull out an incredibly fun victory on Friday.
It should have never gotten to that point but it did and they didn’t let the pressure get to them. Another thing that was important was the fact that Tony La Russa allowed Liam Hendriks to eventually come in and get the one out he needed to get the Sox up to bat.
When you pay a guy that much money, it can’t only be for save situations. When you are the home team in the ninth inning, there is no such thing as a save anyway. Hendriks ended up getting the win instead because the White Sox took care of their business in the bottom of the ninth.
Yoan Moncada was beaned to lead off the inning. Jose Abreu looked like the professional hitter that he is when he slapped one through an infield hole and got Moncada to third. Yermin Mercedes then became the hero as he singled in Moncada for a White Sox winner.
Yermin Mercedes looked better at the plate all game. He was taking pitches more frequently and doing a good job protecting it with two strikes. When his team needed him most, he ended an 0-25 slump to win the ballgame. He deserves all the credit in the world for battling through it and getting it done when it mattered.
Tony La Russa deserves some credit for this. He was looking like some of his decisions were going to cost them in the end but it all worked out. He brought in Liam Hendriks instead of Matt Foster for Garrett Crochet who was good to that point. He also stayed patient with Mercedes during his slump and let him keep going out there. The hope now is that Mercedes is able to get hot again because this team really needs him.
The White Sox are back at it again this afternoon. A day game will be played with them wearing their sweet “City Connect” jerseys. Lucas Giolito is going to be on the mound for the White Sox and he is going to face Tarik Skubal of the Tigers. This is a great opportunity for the White Sox to grab yet another win.