After dropping the first three games of this past home-stand, and losing one to the rain, the White Sox ended the weekend by giving the fans a treat with back-to-back come from behind victories at Guaranteed Rate Field. In front of a large Mother’s Day crowd at The Rate, the White Sox plated eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the San Diego Padres, and sent the fans home happy.
The club will now head to Los Angeles, looking to keep the fun going against the Angels. But first, we take a look at this past week’s best and worst performances.
The Three Garcia’s: The trio of Garcia’s all turned in pretty solid performances this past week, led by Leury Garcia who collected seven hits in 17 at-bats including two home runs and six runs driven in. Avisail Garcia went 6-19 on the week and collected a home run and a double, while Willy Garcia reached base five times in his three games since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Yolmer Sanchez: Yolmer “Don’t call me Carlos” Sanchez played well enough this past week to earn another stay on the “Three Up” side of things. Sanchez was 6-12 with a pair of runs batted in, a walk, and a run scored in his four games this past week. Sanchez is now 14-32 over the past two weeks, and is quietly hitting .324 over the course of his first 71 at-bats this season, easily his most impressive campaign of his career.
Anthony Swarzak: Like Sanchez, Swarzak is becoming a main-stay on this list as of late, and for good reason. After turning in another 3.2 scoreless innings out of the White Sox bullpen this past week, Swarzak has now recorded 18.1 scoreless innings to being the 2017 season. Opposing hitters have managed a measly .056 batting average, and Swarzak is currently the owner of a 0.27 WHIP thanks to his 21 strikeouts compared to only two walks.
Miguel Gonzalez: Gonzo was not very good in his last start, allowing five runs on eight hits in just five innings of work in a losing effort against the San Diego Padres on Friday evening. The worst part of Friday’s performance was that it came against a really, really bad San Diego Padres ball club. Gonzalez will look to rebound this week in Anaheim when he closes out the White Sox and Angels series on Wednesday.
Jose Abreu: Abreu was ice-cold this past week after tearing the cover off of the ball for much of the last month, only collecting a pair of hits in his 17 at-bats over the last seven days. The slugger also looked comical defensively at first base, outside of a diving stretch on a would-be errant throw by Tyler Saladino in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon.
Todd Frazier: As impressive as the bunt sac-fly/steal of home plate while the ball was in the infield, that the Toddfather pulled of on Sunday was, that was about as good as it got for him last week. Frazier went 2-17 in five games this past week, and is hitting just .181 on the campaign. Granted, the veteran third-baseman has dealt with a slew of injuries and illnesses since the start of spring training, but it’s time to think about playing Matt Davidson or Yolmer Sanchez a little more if the offense doesn’t pick up.