Progressive Field, Cleveland

Week of April 19-25, 2021

Four-Game Series at Boston Red Sox (Final Game)

Split series 2-2

Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:10 am CDT
Fenway Park
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Red Sox / Nathan Eovaldi, RHP

L, 11-4, 8-9 (.471), L1 | LP: Lucas Giolito (1-1, 5.79) | Game 17

Lucas Giolito pitches 1.0 innings plus 2 batters in the 2nd, giving up 8 runs (0 SO, 2 BB). “They had a solid approach against me. I pitched right into it, and they didn’t miss.” (Giolito) Reliever Zack Burdi allows 4 hits and gives up 2 more runs in 3.0 IP (3 SO, 1 BB, 4 H). José Ruiz holds the line for 2.0 IP (4 SO, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 R). Then Tony La Russa throws up the white flag putting in position players DH Yermín Mercedes who gives up the final run in the 7th on 1.0 IP (0 SO, 2 BB, 3 H), and SS Danny Mendick (1 SO, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 R) in the 8th. The last two times that multiple position players pitched in a White Sox game were in 2015 (Alexei Ramírez and Leury García) and 1902 (Sam Mertes and Frank Isbell). Mercedes becomes the third player in White Sox history to DH and pitch in the same game (Adam LaRoche 7/31/2015, Adam Dunn 8/5/2014), and the first non-pitcher to make his fielding debut as a pitcher since Dee Moore on 9/20/1936. His last mound appearance was a three-inning outing for the White Sands, NM Pupfish (Pecos League) in 2014. José Abreu is officially in a funk (0-4, .188). Nick Madrigal’s bat is heating up (1-4, 3B, .300). Watch game highlights from

Two-Game Series at Cleveland Indians

White Sox win only game played (1 game postponed)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Indians / Zach Plesac, RHP

W, 8-5, 9-9 (.500), W1 | WP: Carlos Rodón (3-0, 0.47) | S: Liam Hendricks (3) | Game 18

Despite walking 9 and committing 3 errors (1 BB and 0 E for the Tribe), the Sox landed a win. Carlos Rodón gave up his first earned run of the season to Jordan Luplow (HR) in the 3rd, striking out 8 in 5.0 IP (5 BB, 3 H, 2 R). José Abreu’s solo home run in the 4th was the hardest (115.6 MPH) and farthest (458’) hit of his career. His second HR in the 7th marked his 18th career multi-homer game—third in White Sox history behind Paul Konerko (26) and Frank Thomas (29). Yasmani Grandal 2-run HR. Tim Anderson solo HR. Yoán Moncada double. With his tendancy to reach out to grab incoming pitches, Yasmani Grandal was charged with 2 catcher’s interference errors. With 1 out in the 8th, the White Sox battery loads the bases with Indians on two walks from Garrett Crochet (0-2, 1.50) and Grandal’s second error of the day. Watch game highlights from

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:10 pm CDT – Postponed
Progressive Field
White Sox Starter, RLHP vs.
Indians / Aaron Civale, RHP

2021-04-21 Winter-Like Conditions at Progressive Field
MLB Advanced Media, LP Progressive Field – Apr 21, 2021

Postponed due to winter-like conditions. Rescheduled for May 31 as the second game of a traditional doubleheader. First game starts at 2:10 pm CDT.

Three-Game Series vs. Texas Rangers

White Sox sweep 3-0

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Rangers / Dane Dunning, RHP

W, 9-7, 10-9 (.526), W2 | WP: Codi Heuer (2-1) | S: Liam Hendriks (4) | Game 19

Dylan Cease is pulled after 3 ⅓ IP (5 SO, 3 BB, 3 H, 2 ER), still unable to make it through a 5-inning start this season. Liam Hendriks strikes out 5 of 6 and gives up a solo HR to Adolis Garcia for a 1 ⅔ inning save. With the game tied at 6 in the 7th, Yermín Mercedes scores Luis Robert on a go-ahead double, marking his 4th hit in 4 at-bats on the day (3 RBI). Adam Eaton ground-rule double with 2 RBIs. Yoán Moncada bats in 3, Nick Madrigal 1. Watch game highlights from

April 23—Billy Hamilton activated from IL

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Rangers / Kyle Gibson, RHP

W, 2-1, 11-9 (.550), W3 | WP: Liam Hendriks (1-0) | Game 20

Dallas Keuchel pitches 6.0+ innings, allowing 7 H, but no R—earned or otherwise (2 SO, 0 BB). With the White Sox leading 1-0 in the 9th, Liam Hendriks retires 3 of 4 with 2 SO, but blows the save on a Willie Calhoun solo HR. With the game tied at 1, Nick “Nicky Two Strikes” Madrigal doubles on 0-2 with 2 outs, for the first walk-off hit of his career off Rangers reliever John King. Madrigal has reached in 16 of his 17 starts this season. Watch game highlights from

Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Michael Kopech, RHP vs.
Rangers / Kohei Arihara, RHP

W, 8-4, 12-9 (.571), W4 | WP: Michael Kopech (2-0) | Game 21

Red Line Train
40 P on 1 IP
Abreu 2-Run HR

Michael Kopech shines with 10 SO (0 BB, 4 H, 1 R) on 5.0 IP. Newly called up RH reliever Jonathan Stiever struggles, giving up a hit to each of the 4 Rangers he faces for 3 ER on 0.0 IP. Garrett Crochet picks up the slack with 1 SO, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 R on 3.0 IP. José Ruiz closes (1 SO, 1 BB, 1 H). José Abreu 2-run HR in the 1st, sac fly in the 2nd. Tim Anderson 2B with 1 RBI, Adam Eaton 3B with 1 RBI in the 2nd, sac bunt in the 3rd. Nick Madrigal 1B extends to 2B on E9 in the 2nd, then hits a bona fide 3B with 2 RBI in the 3rd. It takes Kohei Arihara 40 pitches to get out of the 1st inning and 30 more to get out of the 2nd before calling it a day (0 SO, 4 BB, 6 H, 5 ER). Watch game highlights from

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