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HOME RUN DERBY — White Sox 5, Reds 0

The march to Soxtober continues on…

If the 2020 edition of the White Sox have become known for one thing, it’s hitting home runs, and they did that plenty in the bandbox that is Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark on Saturday night in a 5-0 win.

THE GOOD:

All the dingers. Four Sox hitters combined to hit five solo home runs, highlighted by two by Tim Anderson, the second of which was the first of back-to-back-to-back home runs, which the Sox also did against the Cardinals in August when they hit four consecutive homers. It’s the first time in franchise history the White Sox hit back-to-back-to-back homers twice in the same season.

Nomar Mazara finally joined the party, hitting his first home run in a Sox uniform, which gave the Sox a 1-0 lead. Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu also homered in the top of the 8th following Anderson’s 2nd of the night.

Late inning offense continues its surge. This time, it was 3 solo blasts in the 8th inning, and it gave the Sox bullpen some breathing room with six outs to get. Five run leads are easier to defend than two run leads, no matter how good your bullpen is.

Speaking of the bullpen, they were excellent as usual. Dallas Keuchel only threw 75 pitches over four innings, but the ‘pen kept the Reds off the scoreboard after that. Keuchel only allowed 4 hits and 3 walks in his 4 innings of work, but the relief corps only allowed 2 hits and one walk the rest of the way.

THE BAD:

Luis Robert’s September slide continues. The rookie CF went 0-for-4 as the league has begun to adjust to him, and now it’ll be up to him to adjust back. Hopefully he does just that in time for the playoffs.

The win moved the Sox to 34-18, and a very impressive 17-8 away from home. Their magic number to clinch the division has dropped to 4 pending the Twins game at Wrigley, which, at last check, wasn’t going well for the North Siders. They’ll go for the series win Sunday before heading to Cleveland for the last 4 road games of the regular season.

Pito patter, let’s get at ‘er…

Updated: September 19, 2020 — 9:44 pm

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