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White Sox Honor No. 42 & Get the W

White Sox players gather in a huddle as pitcher Michael Kopech is subbed out of the game. The players wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. / Photos: Christopher Lockridge

It was a special day on Saturday, April 15th at Guaranteed Rate Field in sunny Chicago, IL. The White Sox took the field against the Baltimore Orioles with everyone wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.

Robinson was the first African American to break the color barrier for the MLB 76 years ago on April 15th 1947. Despite going through a lot of discrimination, Robinson would later go on to earn the title of 1947 Rookie of the Year while leading the league in stolen bases. Robinson had a stellar career and we all owe him a big thanks for everything he has done.

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson / Jackie Robinson Foundation

The starting pitcher for the White Sox was Michael Kopech. He threw a good game with 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 base on balls, and 4 strike outs. The Orioles’ Jorge Mateo was able to hit a solo Homer on Kopech the take the 1-0 lead in the third inning.

Pitcher Michael Kopech

Kyle Gibson was the starting pitcher who also pitched a good game with 7 hits, 4 earned hits, 2 base on balls and 1 strikeout. White Sox third baseman Jake Burgers took a sacrifice fly to get the Sox their first point of the game, tying the game 1-1 at the bottom of the fourth.

At the bottom of the fifth, Andrew Benintendi’s RBI double helped the Sox take the lead 2-1, letting Elvis Andrus score a run home. At the top of the sixth, Anthony Santander hit a solo run on Kopech, tying the game 2-2. Kopech was later subbed out and replaced by Keynan Middleton. Middleton got 1 strikeout but overall gave up bad pitches. Middleton gave up 2 runners letting the Orioles take the lead 4-2.

Just when you thought it was over, Burger came back with a response hitting a game-tying homer evening the score 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. The game was very intense and we were only in the sixth inning. At the bottom of the sixth, because Middleton gave up 2 runs, he was subbed out and replaced by Kendall Graveman. Graveman did not last long, as he hit Ramon Urias in the head with a fastball.

At the top of the seventh, Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI walk helped the Orioles score again and push them ahead 5-4. The White Sox answered back when Andrew Vaughn’s RBI double brought Tim Anderson home to tie the score 5-5 going into the eighth.

White Sox’s Eloy Jiménez up at bat.

If you thought nine innings was enough, you’re wrong. The game went into a tenth inning and the Orioles started out strong. Jimmy Lambert was the closing pitcher for the White Sox and he gave up a home run to Adley Rutschman at the top of the tenth. He soon made up for his mistakes, getting rid of the rest of the batters. Yasmani Grandal hit a RBI double to send Eloy Jiménez back to home base tying the game 6-6. Next up at bat was Oscar Colás who hit a single to seal the game and give the White Sox the victory of 7-6 over Baltimore, snapping their three game losing streak.

The overall game was exciting. Be sure to catch the White Sox this season with your friends so you can experience the fun for yourself.

 

By Christopher Lockridge

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Written by Christopher Lockridge

Hey. I'm Lock and I'm a very chill person. I adapt to my environment and I'm unpredictable, so expect the unexpected. 

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