The Chicago White Sox had a little bit of extra motivation in this Wednesday night game against the Minnesota Twins. Josh Donaldson thought it would be a good idea to go back after Lucas Giolito and the White Sox organization with his pregame comments but all it did was give them plenty of motivation. They went on to win the game by a final score of 13-3 so all we can really do is thank Donaldson. Outside of the noise, one big baseball fact led to them winning here.
The Chicago White Sox started to hit lots of home runs in this victory over the Twins.
When you lose superstars like Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert to injury, it is expected to see the lineup lose a little bit of pop. However, it lost it a bit more than some people might think. Well, in this game against the Twins, they got it back. They hit a whopping six home runs in this game and that helped them win big.
First of all, Brian Goodwin got the party started. After a smattering of boos for Donaldson in the first inning because of his comments, he used that to his advantage and gave the Twins a 1-0 lead on a home run of his own. However, Goodwin’s solo shot tied the game and the White Sox never looked back from there.
Yasmani Grandal was the star of the game as he hit two of the six White Sox home runs. He has really been heating up lately and the White Sox are truly appreciating it. He is one of the best offensive catchers in the game right now. If he can keep up the power along with his elite on-base ability, the White Sox will go a long way.
Andrew Vaughn decided to get in on the fun with a home run which was desperately needed for him. He has been crushing right-handed pitching lately which is a great sign for the White Sox lineup who could use as much of that as possible. This kid is going to be so good for so long which is exciting to think about because of how young he is.
Jose Abreu got off the home run drought as well in this game. He hit his second home run of the month on the very last day of it which helped the White Sox to victory. It was also his first home run since June 16th which is a long stretch for a player like him. We can only hope that this means a big July is in store.
The biggest home run story of the day belongs to Gavin Sheets. On Tuesday, we saw him record his first two hits in his MLB career in his very first game. He followed that up with his first career home run in this game. The rookie is having a nice little week for himself to open up his MLB career. It is good to see the White Sox reward him for his efforts in AAA.
If the White Sox can continue to get the long ball going, they will win a lot more games. Dylan Cease did his thing on the mound which is to be expected from this pitching staff so far this season. Now they have a chance to sweep away those Twins later today.