Two swings of great size by tiny Leury Garcia. Yasmani Grandeal ran a rule-testing exercise. Solid relief work by Liam Hendriks & Company
They found a way to get out of big trouble right when the Chicago White Sox were in serious trouble
Grandal and Garcia homered and Grandal’s baserunning allowed the White Sox to beat the Houston Astros 12-6 Sunday night to remain alive in their AL Division Series.
The AL Central champions overcame a 5-1 deficit in their first home playoff game for 13 years. This result reduced Houston’s series lead to 2-1. Tim Anderson had three more hits and Ryan Tepera was the star of Chicago’s bullpen.
Tony La Russa, White Sox manager, said that “it’s a tough-minded bunch.” Sometimes, he added that “sometimes you get rewarded by a comeback like this.”
Houston was looking to make its fifth consecutive appearance at the AL Championship Series. The AL West champions started off fast behind Kyle Tucker, but they fell in order in the final five innings.
Game 4 in the best-of-5 series is set for Monday afternoon. However, rain is forecast.
“I don’t say anything to them. They are aware. They understand the importance of tomorrow,” Astros manager Dusty Baker stated. They know the importance and value of today. These guys are familiar with the importance of today.
After a pair at-home victories, the playoff-tested Astros made their way to Chicago and took a 5-1 lead. Sweet-swinging Tucker scored two runs off Cease in Game 2 and a home run off Kopech in Game 3.
Houston’s quick start sounded the alarm for the towel-waving crowd. But, it picked up in the second half.
Grandal’s two run shot in left was a perfect 5-3 hit. Yoan Moncada, Gavin Sheets and Gavin Sheets then reached on singles with two outs. Leury Garcia looked at two balls from Luis Garcia, before Baker replaced Baker’s starting pitcher with Yimi Garcia (0-1).
Leury, who is listed at 5’8 and 190 lbs, was the winner of the Garcia Trilogy. Leury, a versatile veteran, drove a 3-1 pitch by Yimi Garcia deep into the center for a 436-foot homer.
La Russa stated, “I mean that ball had been scalded.”
At 6 the game was tied. The White Sox won the game with three runs in the fourth. This was highlighted by a memorable Grandal run that rankled Baker, and the Astros.
After Jose Abreu’s tiebreaking RBI double put runners on the corners with no outs, Grandal hit Yuli Gurriel a bouncer at first. Gurriel tried to return home but his throw was thrown off by Grandal, who ran up the infield grass.
Grandal stated, “I wish that I could tell you that it was a heads up play.” “I was trying to get there first. It takes me a while to get there.
Luis Robert won, and Tom Hallion was removed from the game. Gurriel was also charged with an error. The Astros tried to get Grandal an interference call, but the umpires stopped them and left the play as it was.
Baker had a lengthy argument with Hallion, before returning to the dugout.
Baker stated, “Clearly, he ran inside.” Baker said, “It’s interference in its own right.” It was a huge play, because we didn’t get an escape.
La Russa, 77, was the oldest manager to win a postseason match in major league history.
“I can guarantee that there was never any intent to interfere with this play.” La Russa stated, “I can guarantee it.”
Eloy Jimenez completed the big fourth with his second RBI double and the White Sox won the game with three runs in the eighth. Anderson scored on Anderson’s single, and Andrew Vaughn was doubled by Leury Garcia.
Chicago’s 16-hit attack — a postseason franchise record — was overshadowed by Hendriks, Aaron Bummer and Craig Kimbrel providing perfect relief. Tepera pitched two innings, while Bummer got five. Kimbrel scored the eighth out before Hendriks was done.
Tepera stated, “All I can really say is that it was a lot fun.”
Anderson is the only player to have 16 hits in six playoff games.
Carlos Rodon begins Game 4 for the White Sox. Rodon was 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA over 24 starts, but he struggled down the stretch due to fatigue and shoulder soreness. Jose Urquidy will be the Astros’ first baseman. He was 8-3 in 20 starts with a 3.62 ERA.