A good sign for Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson seems to be heating up
The team’s lead spark had four hits and three runs in Chicago’s 12-3 win over hosts Detroit on Friday night. The teams will play the third game in a series of four games on Saturday afternoon.
Anderson had scored just one goal in his previous 15 games before Friday. Earlier in the week, Anderson promised that it was only a matter of time before he had another stroke.
Anderson told MLB.com: “Everybody around me knows my work ethic, as well as the goal and focus. I’m nothing but burning this (thing).” “I’ve always had that mentality and played a game where I might look like trash now, but at the end of the day I’m the best player on the pitch every time I step on the pitch. I think everyone knows that. .”
“It’s just about giving it time to click and get to know the game better.”
Anderson, who raised his average to 0.264, was 4 to 9 ahead of Detroit’s starting pitcher on Saturday, Michael Lorenzen.
Lorenzen (2-2, 4.08 ERA) dropped out three times to go home in his most recent start. The right-hander allowed five runs and five hits in five two-thirds rounds against the Kansas City Royals on Monday and finished without a decision when Many tigers won in extra time
In the previous three appearances, Lorenzen had dropped out a total of two times in 20 innings.
“I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the previous three starts and was able to get away with them. (Monday), I didn’t make mistakes. That’s baseball,” Lorenzen said.
The last long ball came from the feet of Jackie Bradley Jr., his only home game this season.
“The ball that Jackie Bradley hit disappointed (Lorenzen) because it ended the game,” Many tigers manager AJ Hinch said then. “A little bit of good, a little bit of struggle for him. But we’re confident he’ll be back there in five days.
Hinch missed Friday’s game to attend her daughter’s high school graduation. He should be back on the bench on Saturday.
Jesse Scholtens (0-2, 2.25) is expected to start his first major tournament for White Sox. Scholtens threw five innings of relief on Monday against the Cleveland Guardians, losing after allowing one run and two hits
He has made seven starts for Triple-A Charlotte this season, going 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA. Scholtens made 160 minor league appearances (111 appearances) before promotion. He played two games with relief for Chicago in April, then returned to the pro leagues ahead of Monday’s game.
“He hits the strike zone and makes some good throws when needed,” White Sox manager Pedro Grifo speaks of Scholtens’ work against the Guardians. “He’s also made some good throws behind. He’s calm, he’s got some nice coordination. He throws some good breaking balls, but it’s not the best curved ball that we’ve seen. I’ve seen his, and his curved ball is a good shot for him.
Scholtens is likely to feature for much of Saturday’s game, although Grifo could use the opener.
“We have to wait and see what lineups are expected to come to us in Detroit and play it by ear,” said Grifol.