White Sox struggle at first but end the day with an extraordinary finish (Chicago, Illinois) – At the beginning of the first game of the day, White Sox pitcher, Lance Lynn, took the mound to throw out the first pitch. The 1st and 2nd innings consisted of flyouts, groundouts, lineouts, and strikeouts on both sides. In the top of the 3rd White Sox center fielder, Tim Anderson, made a sprinting catch over his shoulder against Twins batter, Trevor Larnach, for the out. In the bottom of that inning Anderson then smashed a ball to right field for a solo homer that cemented the White Sox first run. In the top of the 6th inning Twins batter, Nelson Cruz, hit a ball to left field for the game-tying home run.
An Interesting 8th Inning
White Sox pitcher, Garrett Crochet, relieved Lynn after 89 pitches in the 8th inning. White Sox pitcher, Ryan Burr, took the mound for Crochet after Crochet threw for 2 singles. Burr then immediately threw to Cruz who hit a sacrifice fly to get the edge over the White Sox. Next batter up was Twins player, Jorge Polanco, who hit a line drive single for another run. The score was 3-1 Twins at the end of the 8th. In the bottom of the 8th White Sox batter, Jose Abreu, hit an RBI double that brought the score to a close 3-2 Twins with 1 out. White Sox batters, Gavin Sheets struck out and Adam Engel flied out to close the first game of the day. The Twins beat the White Sox 3-2 in the first game of the double header.
Just 20 minutes after the first game White Sox pitcher, Reynaldo López, took the mound to throw the first pitch of second game of the day. In the top of the 1st Twins batter, Josh Donaldson, hit a sacrifice fly to Sox right fielder, Gavin Sheets, for the first run of the game. White Sox batter, Jose Abreu, retaliated with a solo home run to tie the game at the end of the 1st. In the top of the 2nd Twins batter, Mitch Garver, crushed a homer to left field and took the lead early in the game. At the end of the 2nd inning the White Sox trailed the Twins 2-1. The 3rd and 4th inning consisted of many groundouts, flyouts, and strikeouts by both teams.
Twins Temporarily Stretch the Lead
In the top of the 5th Garver homered on a ball to center field to stretch the lead 3-1. In the top of the 6th White Sox pitcher Codi Heuer took the mound and at the bottom of that inning the White Sox closed the gap with Sox batter, Yoan Moncada, hitting a solo home run. The score was 3-2 Twins going into the 7th and final inning. White Sox pitcher, Aaron Bummer, replaced Heuer to close out the top of the 7th with a strikeout, flyout, and groundout. In the bottom of the final inning, with Brian Goodwin and Andrew Vaughn on bases, Sheets smashed a homer to right field to bring them all home. Gavin Sheets ended the game on a 3-run homer that brought the final score to 5-3 White Sox.
The White Sox will meet the Twins again tomorrow (7/20/2021) in Chicago at 7:10pm CST.
White Sox struggle at first but end the day with an extraordinary finish