The Chicago White Sox are in celebratory mode as Tim Anderson hits a grand slam, winning 7-3 against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The grand slam was Anderson’s second hit off Triston McKenzie in a 5-0 lead in the second inning. The White Sox had struck out nine times in the nine out and had only one hit holding a four-run advantage allowed by Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie.
Club’s manager Tony La Russa, was full of praises for Anderson and commented on his committedness to bringing his absolute best to the competition. As one of the top leadoff hitters in the game, Anderson maintained a streak of 15 straight solo homers before the blast in a game against the Angels on September 6, 2019.
Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges also commented on Anderson’s skill on the pitch. He admitted that Anderson is an outstanding hitter with no holes, as he was able to get a good swing as the Cleveland Indians attempted an attack. Anderson’s 388-foot drive came right after Leury García drew a walk to force in the first run reinforcing his expertise as a top-notch student of the game.
When on the field, Anderson maintained a safe hit in 12 of his last 13 games with three home runs, eight RBIs and 12 runs. As explained by Anderson, the player added three slick defensive plays at shortstop, helping out teammate Lance Lynn and Michael Kopech, who threw three scoreless innings in relief. Anderson’s commitment to making the game fun is in place with his dedication to becoming one of the game’s best players.
The White Sox is having an overall good season as Lance Lynn, sidelined since April 17 for a right trapezius strain, returns to the pitch. In his return, Lynn, who made history on his previous two outings as the first pitcher in the club’s history to strike out ten or more and walk none in consecutive starts, again made three runs over five innings. Michael Kopech, who started and struck out 10 Rangers over five innings last Sunday, also allowed one hit.
Although the Cleveland Indians out-hit the White Sox in the recently concluded game, the White Sox benefitted from all eight walks, with six scorings. Three of the scores were behind Anderson’s blast, rounding off the White Sox game to a 6-2 record on this nine-game homestand and 15-11 overall.
As the team continues its celebration, outfielder Luis Robert is still on the injured list since Tuesday in a precautionary move after he reported feeling flu-like symptoms. General manager Rick Hahn announced that the team could only await test results to ascertain Robert’s condition. The 23-year-old has one home run and six RBIs in 21 games, finishing a close second in the voting last season. Until his test comes back negative, the White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Alex McRae and outfielder Luis Gonzalez from their Schaumburg, Ill., training facility.
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