When you’re in the midst of a run of 22 wins over 27 games like the White Sox are in, you’re bound to have a lot of fun, which makes it easy to laugh in the dugout when your teammate does this while sliding into third:
Predictably, the internet had some fun with this, and I hope this one ends up in La Pantera’s locker stall:
In the meantime, Robert and the Sox continued their winning ways, taking a 6-2 decision, bumping their lead over the Twins in the division to 3, and with Cleveland losing to the Cubs (thanks, Cubs!), they lead Cleveland by 6 in the standings.
Dane Dunning. He’s been nothing short of a revelation among the rookie starters, and if he hadn’t staked his claim to a spot in the starting rotation before Tuesday night, he definitely did so by quieting the Twins mighty offense over a stellar 7 innings of work. He allowed only 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks. It was the best outing of his young MLB career, and it came against the best offense he’s faced yet.
Tim Anderson. The Sox leadoff hitter has more three-hit games this month than games where he hasn’t gotten a hit. He added another 3 hits to up his batting average to .377 on the year which, my sources tell me is very, very good.
James McCann’s bat. McCann went 2-for-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 driven in. He also helped Dunning weave his way through a tough Minnesota lineup, particularly since Dunning showed a propensity to fall behind hitters all night.
Luis Robert. He only had one hit, but it drove in a run, and he stole two bases, including the one that resulted in the previously shown slide. He may be in a bit of a funk at the plate, but speed never slumps, and if he can find a way on base via a walk or error, he can still beat you by stealing bases. It’s only a matter of time before Renteria entertains the thought of moving him up in the order to get him a few more at-bats.
James McCann’s glove. McCann had some trouble corralling a few pitches which directly cost the Sox one run, and allowed Twins baserunners to move up on more than one occasion. A couple of those were wild pitches, sure, but there were a few he should have handled cleanly. Against a team like Minnesota, you can’t give them any opening like that.
The Sox are now 32-16 on the season and could clinch a postseason berth as soon as Wednesday. Their magic number to get that playoff berth is 2, and to clinch the division is down into single digits at 9. Lucas Giolito gets the ball Wednesday night for the Sox, and the Twins haven’t announced a starter yet because apparently none of them want to try to get Tim Anderson out.