Earlier this week, the Tigers were outscored by the Brewers and Cardinals by a 31-0 margin over a 13 inning stretch. Then, they went to Sox Park on a cool and damp Saturday night and got bludgeoned again by a White Sox team that has absolutely dominated them this year.
The offense. They say in Chicago to vote early and often in election years, but this new age South Side Hitmen hit and scored early and often, cruising to a 14-0 win. They got three runs on four hits in the first inning, and despite not scoring in the second, the hit parade continued the rest of the middle innings, as the Sox pounded out 19 hits, with every starter getting at least one knock. They can be explosive, and relentless, and they showed that in spades Saturday night. Can they send some of those points to the Bears for Sunday’s game against the Lions?
Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez got the start to give Dallas Keuchel an opportunity to let his back spasms settle down, and he took advantage of what might have been his last opportunity to stay with the big club, throwing five scoreless innings, and allowing only three hits. It was easily his most impressive outing and it saved the bullpen some wear and tear, which is needed since there aren’t any off days left on the schedule.
Jose Abreu. Clearly Abreu was less than thrilled by having his hitting streak snapped last night. All he did was go 4-for-4, with a pair of 3-run bombs for a grand total of 7 RBI. He also scored 5 runs to boot. Saturday night was the 17th multi-homer game for Pito, which is now the third most in White Sox franchise history. Oh, and he has more RBI than games played. I think that’s good.
Tim Anderson. Anderson had his MLB-leading fourth 4-hit game, setting the tone for the offensive onslaught that ensued. His average is now up to .358, tops in the American League, and tied with Juan Soto and Trea Turner of the Nationals for the best in MLB.
I got nothing. There was nothing bad about a game the Sox won by two touchdowns. Hopefully they saved some runs for Sunday’s series finale.
Which, speaking of, that happens at 1:10 tomorrow and the Sox have another chance to sweep the Tigers, and take 9 out of 10 from Detroit in this shortened season, which is all the more impressive considering the Tigers are 19-17 against teams that aren’t the White Sox.
We’ll have something here, can’t promise anything good, but I’ll try hard and do my best.