Pirates vs White Sox – Match Recap – September 1, 2021
CHICAGO – – Rookie Gavin Sheets hit two home runs, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
Sheets, who was promoted from Charlotte’s triple A before the game, hit a three-run homerun against Max Kranick (1-3) with two strikeouts in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie.
After the Pirates left the tied run stuck at first base, Sheets hit a solo shot on reliever Duane Underwood Jr. late in the eighth for his eighth homer of the season.
The Sox (78-56) won for the fifth time in six games, or 22 games over 0.500 for the first time since September 13, 2006 (84-62). The Pirates (48-85) lost four out of five.
White Sox starter Carlos Rodon (10-5) pitched five innings with five hits. Rondon allowed three runs while striking out 19 in his last 15 innings, covering three starts.
Liam Hendriks got Ryan Tepera out of a traffic jam in the eighth and got his 31st save. Hendriks converted all nine save chances in which he pitched at least 1 1/3 of an inning.
Pirates outfielder Cole Tucker, leading the field for the first time this season, had a 0-to-9 performance against lefties this season, hitting a single RBI with two strikeouts in the fifth.
But a throwing error from Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman on a potential late-inning double play led to two late-inning runs, capped by Leury Garcia’s brace.
White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada hit an infield single in the fifth to extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. Receiver Yasmani Grandal has two hits and is 9 for 17 (0.529) in four games since returning from the 10-day injured list.
Kranick was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis ahead of the game and started in place of Mitch Keller, so he could stay on his regular schedule, manager Derek Shelton said.
The Pirates set a modern major league record by playing their 175 straight game without being charged with a passed ball, surpassing the previous mark set by the Montreal Expos from June 10, 1978 to June 26, 1979, according to the Bureau des sports d ‘Elias.
Members of the Pirates roving team wore T-shirts commemorating the 50th anniversary of their first all-minority formation.
“I think the coolest part is when (former manager) Danny Murtaugh rode him, he didn’t think about it,” Shelton said. “This is how we should think about it and not think about where they came from.”
ADDITIONS TO THE LIST
Pirates: In addition to Kranick, RHP Shelby Miller was promoted from Indianapolis. Shelton said Miller will be used primarily as a backup.
White Sox: RHP Matt Foster and INF Romy Gonzalez were also added to the roster. INF / OF Jake Lamb has been nominated for assignment.
Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (bruise on right hand) threw and fielded Grounders ahead of Wednesday’s game and has been listed as day to day. Hayes might start swinging a bat again if the swelling goes down. … RHP JT Brubaker (bruised right thumb) has started his second bullpen session. … LHP Dillon Peters (sprained lower back) has started wrestling again and may soon be throwing a mound.
White Sox: SS Tim Anderson was placed under 10 days IL, retroactive to August 29, due to stiff left hamstrings. “I’ll be careful to guarantee he’ll be back in 10 days,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I know it’s the wait because he’s improved since day one and he’s improving. If you look to the future and he continues to improve and has a chance to train before the 10 days are over, there is no guarantee. … RHP Lucas Giolito (left hamstring tightener) will miss his next start Tuesday in Oakland. Giolito is expected to hold an enclosure session on Friday that could determine if he returns against the Red Sox from September 10-12. “It’s something you’re paying attention to, but he’s optimistic we’ll get it back as soon as possible,” La Russa said. … OF Billy Hamilton returned from his rehab mission in Charlotte and was activated from IL.
RHP Pirates Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.75) will face the Cubs on Thursday night. Keller was scored for seven runs in 5 1/3 innings, but received a no-decision in an 11-7 victory over the Cardinals.
The LHP Dallas Keuchel White Sox (8-7, 5.00) take the mound Friday night in Kansas City. Keuchel was scored for six runs on seven hits in one inning and more on August 27, but came away without a decision in a 17-13 victory over the Cubs.