CHICAGO — It was a bittersweet night for the White Sox, and more specifically their fans on Wednesday night. After beating the Baltimore Orioles in comeback fashion on Tuesday night for their fourth win in their last six contests, Ricky’s boys broke out the boom sticks for a huge win over the Orioles.
Yoan Moncada started the onslaught of offense in the bottom of the third inning, when he destroyed a hanging knuckle-curve offered by O’s starter Alex Cobb. Moncada’s first home run since April 26 traveled 421 feet, and left the bat at a scorching 104.8 mph, scoring Tim Anderson and Adam Engel to give the Sox a 3-1 lead.
Yo-Yo makes the ball Go-Go a long way outta the ballpark!
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 24, 2018
Leading the Orioles 4-1 in the fourth inning, Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu each logged RBI-singles, pushing the White Sox lead to 6-1 after four. The White Sox weren’t done there, as they added three more in the fifth inning on a Tim Anderson RBI-single, and a two-run homer buy Adam Engel, his first of the season. Engel posted his best game of the season, picking up four hits in four trips to the plate.
Jose Rondon joined Engel in the ‘first home run club’, smacking a two-run homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning, his first career home run. Rondon’s long-ball pushed the Sox lead to an even 10 as they led Baltimore 11-1 after seven innings.
Equally impressive as the offensive explosion, was the performance of Dylan Covey, who joined Rondon in the ‘career firsts’ department, notching his first major league victory.
Covey, 26, was saddled with eight losses and five no-decisions in his first 13 starts with the White Sox before Wednesday night. In his fourteenth start over parts of the past two seasons, Covey surrendered just one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Covey also notched eight strikeouts, one shy of his career high of nine (May 13, 2017 vs San Diego).
While the White Sox won their fifth game in seven contests on Wednesday night, they took a pair of losses in the personnel department before the Gatorade even dried, losing veteran catcher Welington Castillo to a PED suspension and Leury Garcia to a leg injury.
During the game, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal confirmed a report that Castillo was indeed staring down an 80-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 24, 2018
We will have more on the Castillo PED suspension as the details surrounding the situation become available. The club has not confirmed the suspension as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, but a news release is expected Thursday morning.
Within minutes of the Castillo news surfacing, utility-man Leury Garcia came up limp after sliding into third base in the fifth inning. The White Sox stated that Garcia left the game with a left-knee strain, and related that he would be reevaluated on Thursday morning.