CHICAGO (AP) – Joe Maddon’s first game in Chicago was similar to his last game with the Cubs: a loss.
Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a long three-run homer and got four RBIs in his first three-hit game, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Maddon led the Cubs for five years, leading them to the playoffs four times and a World Series title in 2016 that ended the team’s 108-year championship drought.
“I thought it would always have been interesting to be able to stay together for a couple more. I can’t deny it, “Maddon said before the game.” This group over there was not only very talented, but also very charismatic. I love the people in this room. The way they handled the pressure or the expectations was exceptional. “
Maddon’s contract was not renewed by the Cubs at the end of the 2019 season. He was hired to manage the Angels, a team he coached before moving on 2006-14 as a Tampa Bay manager. .
“Of course you would think in retrospect that you wish you had a few more years to have another chance at winning the gold ring. That didn’t happen, ”Maddon said of his time in Chicago. “And with that, I had this wonderful opportunity to come back to California, to be with the Angels again.
“So that’s that side. The flip side is it went pretty well for me and my family. I don’t want to sound selfish, but where I am right now with the band. I am with is quite special. I look forward to our next World Series trup here, too, now. “
Sheets hit a go-ahead single in the second inning against Packy Naughton (0-2) and made it 6-1 with a three-run homerun in the third. He narrowly missed a second homerun, passing the wall from right field in the fifth.
“He made a statement,” manager Tony La Russa said of the 6-foot-5 outfielder. “He had a pitch to hit, and he hit it far. Then he got another.” There’s an old saying, when you’re a hungry hitter, you have a chance to be a productive hitter – and he’s a hungry hitter. “
Sheets, a 25-year-old left-hander, said he gained confidence when La Russa put him in the lineup as the designated hitter against Naughton, a southpaw.
“It was huge,” Sheets said. “For him to put me in there in a big game when we are still fighting for home advantage was important to me. Being in the big league is a dream come true. To be here and to contribute, you can’t. not ask for more than that in a rookie year. “
Luis Robert had a solo homerun and a brace as the AL Central leaders White Sox increased their margin over second-placed Cleveland to 12 1/2 games.
Leury García and César Hernandez each had two hits and an RBI for the White Sox (83-61), who reduced their magic number to win the division to seven.
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito lasted four innings after returning from left hamstring strain. He allowed three runs, on home runs of Phil Gosselin in first and Jared Walsh in fourth, Giolito scored two goals and struck out eight, including five in a row with a swing.
Gioloto said his hamstrings felt good and he was over an 80-length limit in this one. He threw 87.
“In my mind, I want to work at least five innings with 80 shots,” said Giolilto. “I was not efficient enough …
Aaron Bummer (3-5) threw a scoreless seventh.
All-star shortstop Tim Anderson went 1 for 5 on his return from left hamstring strain after missing 12 games.
Naughton (0-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
“In the second and third, they were tackling everything,” Maddon said. “We put more confidence in their tank with the Sheets home run. And it mentally did something for them and against us.
Robert was hooked to the helmet by a throw from Oliver Ortega in the fifth, but got up and stayed in the game.
OHTANI ON SCHEDULE
Maddon said that “if all goes well by then” RHP / DH Shohei Ohtani (9-2, 3.36) could start this Friday against Oakland. The two-way star was scored for six runs in 3 1/3 innings on Friday in Houston, ending an eight-game winning streak in a row. Ohtani, second in majors with 44 homers, went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and a walk on Tuesday.
Eloy Jiménez made it to the final at the top of the third – and the game put La Russa in suspense for a few seconds.
The Dominican slugger ran back and stretched to the top of the left-field fence to shoot David Fletcher’s drive. Jiménez fell to the ground after hitting the wall. After a few seconds, he curled up, made a “V” with his fingers, smiled and started trotting.
“Holding my breath would be the nicest family way to describe how I was feeling,” said La Russa. “It was so scary.”
Angels: OF Jo Adell stayed out of the roster with pain in his hip and back. … Maddon expects RHP Austin Warren and RHP José Marte (COVID-19) to be activated this weekend.
White Sox: Andrew Vaughn spot on the 10-day IL retroactive to Friday with lower back inflammation and right-handed lifter Ryan Tepera on the 10-day IL retroactive to September 11 with a severed right index finger. Tepera cut his finger when he grabbed a doorframe in his apartment. … The White Sox have recalled C Zack Collins and LHP Jace Fry of Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago gifted C Seby Zavala and INF Danny Mendick to Charlotte.
Angels RHP Janson Junk (0-1, 2.45 ERA) take on LHP White Sox Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.33 ERA) on Wednesday night. Keuchel is 0-3 with a 12.89 ERA in his last four starts.
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