The pair of Sox played a pair of games Sunday after Friday’s first game was snowed out in Beantown, and Chicago’s Sox came out ahead in both games.
Tim Anderson got the first game started on the game’s first pitch, with a solo home run to right-center field. Yasmani Grandal drove in a run with an RBI double and Yoan Moncada added an RBI single to provide all the offense Dallas Keuchel and the bullpen tandem of Aaron Bummer and Liam Hendriks would need to win the game.
Anderson added two more hits to go 3-for-4 in the first seven inning game. Jake Lamb also got his first hit of the season and scored a run too. Keuchel threw five solid innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, and Bummer and Hendriks each allowed only one hit and each struck out one batter in their respective innings of work to close out the win.
In game two, Michael Kopech got the start and he got through the entire Boston batting order the first time without allowing a single base runner. They got another first-inning run on a Jose Abreu RBI fielder’s choice which drove in leadoff hitter Nick Madrigal.
The White Sox broke the game open in the fourth, starting with a 431-foot homer by Yermin Mercedes to center-field. When he hits dingers, they aren’t cheapies. They go a long, long way.
Later, Danny Mendick drove in Leury Garcia, and Mendick was driven in by Nick Madrigal, who got yet another two-strike hit. Madrigal is hitting well over .300 with two strikes this year, and he only has swung and missed twice all season. Madrigal added a second RBI on a sacrifice fly in the sixth to finish the scoring.
Matt Foster got out of a jam in the fourth to limit the Red Sox to only one run in the inning when they threatened for more. That lone run was charged to Kopech, but the rest of the bullpen arms kept Boston off the scoreboard the rest of the game as the White Sox cruised to a game two win and a doubleheader sweep.
The only bad news that came out of the day for the White Sox was Lance Lynn being put on the 10-day IL with some injury I don’t know how to pronounce. The move was retroactive to Saturday and they called Zack Burdi up from the alternate site in Schaumburg. Lynn has been stellar for the White Sox early on, posting a 1-1 record and a 0.92 ERA in his first three starts this season. He’s also struck out 27 batters and only walked two thus far. Hopefully it isn’t serious, and he’ll be back in the rotation very soon.
The four-game set ends Monday morning with the Patriot’s Day game at Fenway Park, and here’s hoping Lucas Giolito is a morning person. First pitch is scheduled for just after 10:00 am Chicago time.