A day after the White Sox hit four (!) consecutive dingers in the fifth inning vs. the Cardinals, it was more long balls that lifted the Sox over the Tigers at the (launching pad) G-Spot Monday night.
Dingers. Taters. Dongs. Bombs. Big Flys. Whatever you wanna call them, the Sox hit six home runs Monday night, with Tim Anderson and Luis Robert each hitting two, with the first of Anderson’s two leading off the ball game. Moncada followed that first Anderson dong with a dong of his own for back-to-back jacks. But the Sox weren’t able to duplicate their four-in-a-row from Sunday.
Luis Robert. Robert had his first multi-home run game, with his second being a two-run bomb that came off the bat at a staggering 116 MPH. He generates so much bat speed, and the exit velocity is so high that he’ll hit line drives that break seats in the bleachers like Bobby Hull used to break seats in the stands at the old Chicago Stadium during practices there back in the day.
Luis Robert’s defensive range. If you’re one of the corner outfielders, good luck catching anything near the gaps in left-center or right-center (see the chart below).
Eloy Jimenez was camped under a ball in left field, but here came Robert, striding over and making the catch, while Jimenez stared stone-faced at the young center-fielder. Robert had a good chuckle as he tossed it back into the infield.
Tim Anderson. The Sox shortstop continues to plug along, with two more solo home runs, including one the opposite way. He went 2-for-5, raising his batting average to .340 on the year. He continues to be the tone-setter for the Sox since returning from injury.
The bullpen. They allowed nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Only one hit allowed by the relievers following Gio Gonzalez’s 4.2 innings of six-hit ball. This bullpen allows the Sox to get out to an early lead, and shut it down late.
Yasmani Grandal. Grandal left the game with lower back stiffness after making a play defensively. While he hasn’t produced offensively as much as expected, he’s done a nice job handling pitchers behind the dish as well. The Sox said he’s day-to-day, and hopefully it’s not any more serious than that.
Everything else was wonderful and happy, and the Sox will try to do it again tomorrow in the second game of a four game set vs. Detroit. The next two starters the Tigers trot out there will be making their big-league debuts against this explosive Sox lineup.
Something tells me that room service at the Tigers team hotel might be finding shits on the outside of the torlets and shits on the outside of the uriniss in a few hotel rooms after this display of power by the Sox bats.