The White Sox beat the Cubs 8-6 on Friday in a game Sox manager Tony La Russa depicted as a significant exercise for how hard the last stretch of the season will be.
“We understand it’s going to be difficult to get to the finish line; it’s never easy,” La Russa said. “And if they ever needed reminding, just replay today’s game.”
The Sox had an agreeable 4-1 lead in the eighth inning, and with ex-Cub Craig Kimbrel set to hold that lead for nearer Liam Hendriks, the blueprint for a routine victory was laid out.
All things considered, Cubs shortstop Andrew Romine hit his first home run in four years, a three-run shot that tied the game. Kimbrel surrendered his previously acquired runs since May 15 and permitted four hits in an appearance interestingly since May 2011.
The Sox proceeded to win, because of a four-run tenth inning started by Brian Goodwin’s two-run homer, however they actually needed to endure an alarm when Frank Schwindel begun the lower part of the tenth with a two-run shot.
“Initial six innings were simply granulating,” La Russa said. ”We a few opportunities to add, however the last three or four were simply absurd.”
The exercise for La Russa’s group the most recent fourteen days has been that even the best groups go through trudges, and regularly amidst those, even the successes don’t come simple.
Also, looking forward, heroics by players from all aspects of the list are vital. After Kimbrel’s harsh eighth inning, Hendriks got four outs to get the Sox to additional innings.
Then, at that point, for the second time somewhat recently, Goodwin associated for a definitive late-inning homer.
“When you look at the push toward the playoffs, you need a deep roster,” starter Lance Lynn said. “You need guys to be able to come through in the clutch who might not be in there every day.”
The Sox’ bats didn’t wake up until they got to the Cubs’ warm up area. Starter Kyle Hendricks held them to two runs in the fourth inning. The remainder of their scoring came against relievers Trevor Megill, Kyle Ryan and Manny Rodriguez.
“It’s no secret; if you see our offensive stats, we’re not having a good year,” Jose Abreu said. “This has been a really tough season for us as a team, especially offensively.”
Things ought to enhance that front since Eloy Jimenez is back in the setup and Luis Robert is on time to return after this end of the week.
Without them, the Sox rank close to the lower part of the alliance in homers, and they’re eleventh in baseball in slugging rate at .411. It’s not all awful, notwithstanding. Notwithstanding feeling like they’ve battled collectively, the Sox’ offense has a seventh-positioned .248 batting normal, and they have scored the eighth-most noteworthy number of runs, and Friday’s hostile yield should push them considerably higher in the two classifications.
“Having everybody healthy and playing at the same time should be a very good thing for us,” Abreu said, “something that should carry us to the finish line.”
These encounters may be useful in getting past the season’s most recent two months, yet Hendriks is mindful about drawing matches from Friday’s down to what October will resemble.
“I mean, it’s very hard to comprehend and put a connection between postseason baseball and anything else,” Hendriks said, “purely based on the fact it’s where the possibility of going home is a factor.
“That’s one of the biggest drivers that I’ve found in a lot of guys; you almost put too much pressure on yourself. Once you’re relaxed and get into it, that’s where you’re able to do those things in the postseason.”