The Chicago White Sox had a horrid loss on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox at home. It was one of those games that you just throw away and forget it ever happened. The nice thing about baseball is that there is always an opportunity to redeem yourself.
That was the case on Wednesday in game two of this three-game series. The White Sox had their ace Lucas Giolito on the mound going up against 42-year-old Rich Hill. The White Sox normally crush left-handed pitching but Hill was oddly good in this game.
He went the first few innings without giving up a single hit. In fact, after three innings, his only blemish was a Reese McGuire walk that was quickly erased by a Josh Harrison ground out into a double play.
Lucas Giolito mostly cruised. There were some issues with baserunners but he only gave up one run in the first inning and then never did again. He went 6.0 with seven strikeouts. He did relinquish five hits and four walks which is unlike him but he worked out of it every time except for the one RBI single by Alex Verdugo.
Jake Burger gave the Chicago White Sox what they needed in this big win.
Down 1-0 in the fifth inning, however, Lucas needed some run support so his great effort can be rewarded with a win. With Jose Abreu and AJ Pollock on base, Jake Burger hit a monster home run off a pitch that only went 67 miles per hour from the mound to his bat.
The ball went 444 feet and had an exit velocity of 110 miles per hour. The launch angle of the home run was 25 degrees so you know it was just an absolute missile. With that distance, it would have been a home run in all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.
This was one of those that you just knew was gone the second that it hit the bat whether you were there or watching on TV. It was also an incredibly important home run as the White Sox went from being down with a dead offense to leading with some momentum.
Burger was only even called up from AAA Charlotte because of the fact that Luis Robert was placed on the COVID-19 Injured List. The White Sox desperately needs Robert back but it sure was nice to see Jake step up like that.
After Giolito was done in the sixth, the bullpen carried the load the rest of the way, and the White Sox came away as 3-1 winners. Verdugo’s RBI base hit and Burger’s three-run shot accounted for all of the runs scored in the game. The pitching was excellent.
Now, each team has a win in the series but the rubber match will determine the winner of it. After taking a series against that red-hot New York Yankees team, it would be nice for them to win one against this red-hot Boston Red Sox team.
Dallas Keuchel beat them once before so it would be nice to see him do it one more time. We get to have this conversation about a potential series win thanks to Burger and Gioltio’s big games. We won’t see Giolito until next week now but Burger’s future is certainly interesting going forward.