The game began with the teams entering from the cornfields in right field. It ended with a Tim Anderson walk-off home run disappearing into that same field of corn to give the White Sox a riveting 9-8 win in the Field of Dreams Classic that will not soon be forgotten.
Early on, Lance Lynn was mostly solid on the mound for the Sox, but he did serve up the first of two Aaron Judge homers, but he got some support from the Sox powerful lineup.
Jose Abreu made sure to be the answer to a trivia question when he became the first player to hit a home run in an MLB game in the state of Iowa. His solo shot in the first gave the Sox a 1-0 lead early on. After Judge’s 3-run shot in the 3rd, Anderson doubled in Adam Engel with a line drive down the left-field line, Eloy Jimenez launched a ball into the corn in right for a 3-run homer to put the Sox ahead 5-3 after three innings.
The following inning, noted slugger Seby Zavala’s fourth dong of the year put the Sox ahead 7-3, and things were looking pretty comfortable for the South Siders, even after Brett Gardner hit a homer in the sixth to make it 7-4.
It stayed that way until the 9th, with Michael Kopech, Aaron Bummer and Craig Kimbrel defusing the Bronx Bombers, but the Yankees lived up to their infamous nickname against closer Liam Hendriks, as they touched up Hendriks for a pair of two-run homers to take an 8-7 lead.
But after a Zavala walk in the bottom of the ninth, the stage was set for Anderson, who made the ball disappear into the corn just like Shoeless Joe Jackson did in the movie, and the Sox walked off with a 9-8 victory. He became the 15th White Sox player to hit a walk-off homer against the Yankees in franchise history.
The first Sox player to do that? None other than Shoeless Joe Jackson. In the summer of 1919.
Just like Hollywood scripted it.