I’m in the Rocky Mountains this weekend, which isn’t the most convenient place to watch an Apple TV+ broadcast. Here’s the bullet-point recap:
*The White Sox traded five pitchers over the last two days, and still haven’t replaced all of them on the 26-man roster, so of course three Sox remainders combined to throw a six-hit shutout to snap a six-game losing streak.
*Touki Toussaint led the way with five strong innings for his first win in a White Sox uniform. He’s had similarly effective outings, but this one featured no real control lapses, as he issued just one walk and threw a respectable 52 of 83 pitches for strikes.
*Toussaint walked the first batter of the game, then watched Andres Gimenez’s blistered grounder break Gavin Sheets’ glove for a hard-luck error. José Ramírez lined out to second, but Josh Naylor smoked a line drive single to right that loaded the bases. Toussaint managed to escape by getting Josh Bell to ground into a double play.
*After the first-inning scare, Toussaint retired eight in a row, and he never faced a similar threat again.
*Tanner Banks built on Toussaint’s outing with three innings in relief, setting up presumed new closer Gregory Santos for his second save, which he recorded after bringing the tying run to the plate.
*Luis Robert Jr.’s first-inning solo shot would’ve been enough, but Jake Burger tacked on his own with a 450-foot blast into the second level of center-field shrubbery for his 25th homer, and his fourth in three days.
*The Sox eventually sequenced their way into a run for insurance in the eighth. Eloy Jiménez singled, Burger walked, and after Gavin Sheets grounded into a fielder’s choice, Oscar Colás stayed on a low-and-away pitch and swatted it to left field for an RBI single.
*Colás committed another error when he failed to cleanly field an opposite-field single hit right at him, which Oscar Gonzalez stretched into two bases. Toussaint pitched around it.