No better way to honor Hawk Harrelson on his day then letting him unleash his home run catchphrase, and Tim Anderson didn’t waste any time hitting a solo blast in the first inning setting the pace for an 8-0 shellacking of the Boston Red Sox.
A night after looking helpless against Red Sox left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriquez, the White Sox hitters were not fooled by Brian Johnson. After Anderson’s home run, the White Sox offense continued to work producing with two outs. Matt Davidson singled, Jose Rondon walked, and Kevan Smith hit a single to left field to plate Davidson and pushing the White Sox lead to 2-0.
Next inning Adam Engel and Ryan LaMarre hit back-to-back singles, and after Anderson hit a deep fly out to center allowing Engel to move up 90 feet, Davidson hit a double in the right-center gap. Engel easily scored, and LaMarre made his way home after Jackie Bradley Jr. bobbled the ball in center. Quickly, the White Sox were up 4-0, and they chased away Johnson.
Yolmer Sanchez manufactured a run with his legs in the third inning. After beating out a double play attempt, he stole second base and would score on Engel’s single to make it 5-0. The sixth run was fun because of course, it involved Daniel Palka. On a 1-1 pitch, Palka smashed a fly ball to deep right field that he assumed was his 20th home run of 2018. As he made his way around the bases, the umpiring crew said that the ball, correctly, went foul landing in Section 108. Continuing the at-bat, Palka didn’t chase two pitches to pull the count full. On an 85-mph changeup, Palka stayed with it long enough to hit a laser into Section 107 to officially hit his 20th homer of the season.
In the sixth inning, Anderson hit his 25th double of 2018 to lead-off, and Davidson followed it up with a walk to put pressure on Boston. Palka just missed hitting his second home run of the day hitting a deep fly ball to the warning track which Anderson tagged up and moved to third base. Jose Rondon hit a quick grounder back to pitcher William Cuevas, who started the double play attempt making an excellent throw to Xander Bogaerts covering second. Davidson made a good slide to interrupt Bogaerts throw enough first to have it sail high allowing Rondon to reach safely, and Anderson scored from third to make it 7-0.
Sanchez would drive in Rondon in the eighth inning to make it 8-0, as the White Sox collected 15 hits for the afternoon. Plenty of offense to support James Shields who had the outing that contenders were hoping to see last week before the waiver deadline passed. The veteran threw six scoreless innings only allowing four hits, walking just two, and striking out six. Shields season ERA drops to 4.39.
Making his major league debut, Caleb Frare impressed in his scoreless inning of work striking out two on just 10 pitches. Juan Minaya bounced back from his rough outing in New York with a scoreless inning striking out two, and Hector Santiago pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the shutout.
- Against two of the best teams in the American League, the White Sox go 4-3 against the Red Sox and Yankees this week.
- Yolmer Sanchez has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games.
- Tim Anderson is now at 18 home runs, just two shy of having a 20-20 season.
- White Sox win the season series against the Red Sox. Go figure.
Record: 55-82 | Box Score