Sunday went about as well as any White Sox fan could hope as the games involving Minnesota and Cleveland ended in losses for both of those teams. However, the Sox rubber match with the Royals on the South Side hung in the balance after noted Sox-killer Whit Merrifield hit a game-tying home run in the 8th.
But Luis Robert sent the Sox off to Minnesota on a positive note with his first walk-off homer, a 3-run blast to left in the 10th inning after the Royals walked Jose Abreu to start the inning putting 2 on and no out. James McCann struck out, but Robert attacked the first pitch he saw, and launched his 9th dinger of the year to end the day’s festivities.
Dane Dunning. Dunning was outstanding for his second straight start. He isn’t fully stretched out to throw 90-100 pitches, so even though he hadn’t allowed a hit through five innings, he was lifted for Jimmy “Biceps” Cordero to start the 6th. Dunning’s final line was 5.0 innings, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER. Not bad for a spot starter. He keeps this up, he could make a strong case for being the 4th or 5th starter next year in a deep and talented starting rotation.
Luis Robert. He only had one hit all day, but it was the biggest one, as it won the game for the Sox and vaulted them back into a tie for first with Cleveland in the AL Central. His first walk-off dong was his 9th on the year overall, and ties him for the most dingers among rookies.
Nick Madrigal. The rookie second-baseman started his big-league career 0-for-9. But since getting his first big-league hit on August 2nd at Kansas City, he’s 10-for-17 at the plate (a .588 average over that span), which included another 3 hits Sunday. He still has just one RBI thus far, but he’s expected to score more runs, not drive them in. As long as he’s getting on base ahead of the big bats in the middle of the order, he’s doing his job offensively.
Jimmy Cordero. Cordero has struggled a bit lately, giving up more hits and a couple runs than he was earlier in the year. If he can regain that early season form, that’ll make the bullpen that much more formidable going down the stretch.
Alex Colome. He got out of the 9th unscathed, but he certainly didn’t make it easy on himself, allowing two hits and a walk. He escaped as Adalberto Mondesi lined one to first to end the inning and preserving the tie. It’s almost getting to the point where once Aaron Bummer gets back to full health, Ricky Renteria should give him the 9th as closer over Colome.
Now, the first-place Sox leave Chicago city limits for the first time since August 12 for a huge 3-game set against the Twins in Minnesota. Lucas Giolito toes the rubber for game one Monday night in the Twin Cities.