The Chicago White Sox scored six runs in their last three games, entering Thursday.
They looked like the team that many had projected in the series finale against the Kansas City Royals, rallied to a 7–4 victory in front of 11,784 at Kaufman Stadium.
Louis Robert had three hits, including a two-run homer and four RBIs. Tim Anderson sang twice, walked twice, stole two bases and drove two. And Adam Engel had a crucial pinch-hitting RBI single as the Sox returned to .500 (19-19), taking three of five in the series.
“We work out every day to score a lot of runs, but the game is like that – you don’t always score (many) runs,” Robert said through an interpreter. “You don’t always pitch as well as you want to. You don’t always play defense as well as you’d like. That’s baseball.
“Today was a good day for us. We were able to get big hits in the big moments, and that helped us win this game.”
The Sox had a season-high 14 hits, including 13 singles. This was his most singles in a game since compiling 15 in Toronto on August 24, 2021.
“I thought we were on more pitches,” said Sox manager Tony La Russa. “We chased some breaking balls, but overall we did a better job playing the ball (on two strikes). We did a better job on the at-bats.
“At times we used to hit the ball hard and didn’t get hit to show for it. But overall, I felt like every guy going to the plate was working.”
Before the game, La Russa has received coaches Frank Menecchino and Howie Clarke from pundits and fans, addressing the criticism.
“If you coach or manage in the big leagues and if someone points a finger at you and it bothers you, you are doing the wrong thing for a living,” he said. “And if you are the coach, you have to be able to absorb the hits, rather than targeting one player or a few players.
“But I am very cagey, players know, they will tell you that the messages they are getting, whether it is strategy or mechanical from both of those guys, is sound. They are just not executing.”
The execution unfolded as the game unfolded.
The Sox went 3-0 down after two innings. He scored once in the third as Anderson walked, stole the second and third and scored on a Robert single. The Sox loaded the base but scored no more runs in the innings.
The Sox loaded the bases again in the fourth without an outsider. Anderson put the Sox within 4-3 with a two-run single.
“Just really trying to beat you from every angle,” Anderson said. “To be able to play both sides of the ball and give us a chance to win and give others a chance to get RBI and get bags and whatever the case may be. Simply putting us in the best position to succeed. ,
The Sox tied the game on a Robert RBI single in the sixth and went an innings later when Engel came off the bench and walked in with a one-off single at AJ Pollock.
“I’m trying to get a pitch at the plate, put a good swing on it,” Engel said. “Friends are in first and third place, good position there. Just had to put the ball in play, try to keep it in the middle as best I can. To do this, just look for a pitch above the plate and try not to go too high. ,
Robert joined Dylan Coleman on a 0-2 slider for a two-run homer in the eighth to make up some distance.
“I was just trying not to strike,” said Robert. “(Wednesday) night was a tough game for me (for 0-4 with three strikes). The at-bats (Thursday) were not easy either.
“I got that with the bat. I was just trying to play the ball. I had charged on that pitch first because I was expecting a fastball. He made a mistake and I took advantage of that.”
The Sox will try to bring positivity to the weekend series against the Yankees in New York.
“We are very close to the team we all know we can be,” said Robert. “Every team has to struggle at some point or the other. But … we are very close to being the good team we hope we can be. ,