Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Tigers and White Sox was a 2-2 tie over nine innings. Enter Hamburger Jake.
With the bases loaded and one out, all five infielders and the fans at Guaranteed Rate Field on their feet, Burger slammed Alex Lange’s (1-0) breaking ball over the left-center fence (385 feet). resulted in an electric shock. Chicago win 6-2.
Both starting pitchers on Sunday had nine-strikeout performances and allowed three hits. The Tigers’ Matthew Boyd went five strong and allowed just one White Sox run to cross the plate, while Chicago’s Michael Kopech was terrific in seven innings, allowing two runs (via a two-run home run off the bat of the White Sox). Spencer Torkelson). The two starters received no decisions in their respective outings.
In the win, Chicago’s Tim Anderson, Luis Robert Jr. and Eloy Jimenez all recorded two-hit efforts, but no hit was bigger than Burger’s in the bottom of the ninth inning. The drive-off grand slam capped a series sweep by Detroit and gives the Sox big momentum heading into a three-game series with the New York Yankees.
With the thrilling victory, the White Sox move to 26-35 and are now 5.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins, the AL’s central leaders.
W: Liam Hendriks (1-0) | I: Alex Lange (3-1)
White Sox scoring summary:
- Bottom of the 4th: Jiménez singled to right field. Robert Jr. scored. 2-1 Tigers.
- bottom of the sixth: Grandal singled to left field. Robert Jr. scored. 2-2 Draw.
- bottom of the ninth: Burger homered to left center field. Benintendi, Moncada and Anderson scored. 6-2 White Sox.
Michael Kopech: 7.0 IP, 3H, 2ER, BB, 9K
Kopech continues to strike out hitters at high speed while also limiting free passes. Since his rocky outing on May 12 against the Astros in which he walked six, Michael has allowed just four walks in his last four starts combined. During that span, their K:BB ratio is a dazzling 38:4.
Tim Anderson: 2 of 4, BB, D
“TA” and his bat are showing some signs of life as we head into the summer months. He’s now riding a four-game hitting streak, going 6-for-15 (.400) during that span.
Jake Burger: 1-for-4, HR (12), BB, 4 RBI, R, 3K
Burger has a flair for the drama, huh? What a way for Jake and the Sox to end the series finale with Detroit!
Luis Robert Jr.: 2 of 4, 2B, 2D, 2K
Luis brought a spark from Sunday’s triple, with two hits and two runs to be one of the main catalysts for the offense. He also put in an excellent late-game effort in center field to strip Javy Baez of extra bases and keep the game tied at two.
Eloy Jimenez: 2-for-4, RBI
Eloy continues to add hits and RBI now that he is fully healthy. He has scored six RBIs in his last six games, going 7-for-24 (.292) in that time frame.
Liam Hendriks: 1.0 IP, 2K
It looks like Liam has shaken off the rust and seems poised to return to his dominant self. He threw 10 of his 15 pitches for strikes and today had his usual strikeouts.
After the White Sox enjoyed a day off Monday, they will begin a three-game series with the Bronx Bombers in New York on Tuesday. Yankees right-hander Clarke Schmidt is scheduled to start the ballgame, and Lucas Giolito, also a right-hander, is scheduled to guide the plate for Chicago.
The game will kick off at 6:05 pm CST and can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.
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