Tim Anderson seems to be developing a habit of leading off games with a home run, as he did so for the third time in the last week Tuesday night against Detroit (sucks!). Much fun was had.
Tim Anderson. All he did Tuesday night was go 4-for-5 with that lead-off home run, a double, three total RBI and three runs scored. He may not be the prototypical lead-off hitter, but he racks up the hits and uses his speed to put pressure on the defense. And when you’re just shy of a .380 batting average, you’re doing alright.
Jose Abreu. 3-for-5 from the veteran first baseman, with three runs driven in. You can’t ask for much more from your no. 3 hitter in the lineup.
Dylan Cease. The young starter picked up his fourth win on the year, going 6.1 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits. He’s rounded into form nicely after a rough first outing, and taking the ball into the 7th certainly helps keep the bullpen fresh going forward. It wasn’t as critical on this night, as the Sox offense added on to put the game out of reach in the 8th, but the fresher those bullpen arms are going forward, the better it is for Ricky Renteria.
Supplemental insurance. The Sox had a 4-2 lead after 3 innings, and added to it (without the benefit of the long-ball) with 2 more runs in 4th. The Tigers got back within 2 in the top of the 8th, making it 6-4, but the Sox offense eased everyone’s nerves, putting the game away with 4 runs (also, without the benefit of a dong) in the bottom of the 8th. That allowed the Sox to hand the ball to Jace Fry in the 9th in a low stress situation to finish off the game and save closer Alex Colome for another day.
The injury bug. Another day, another bit of injury news for the Sox, as Luis Robert left the game with right hand soreness. The good news is x-rays were negative, and the prized rookie is day-to-day. Yoan Moncada also seemed to gingerly walk off the field after trying to beat out a ground ball in that 4 run 8th inning.
Edwin Encarnacion. He still has just one job, and that job is to hit. And yet, he failed to get a hit in this game, going 0-for-2 with two walks. He was signed to be the Sox version of Nelson Cruz from last year, but he’s been more like Adam Dunn with slightly fewer strikeouts. Still, it’s not good.
Wednesday, the Sox go for their fourth win in a row overall in the third of the four game set.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a Blackhawks playoff game to watch. In August. You read that right…