After a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates (14-27) on Tuesday night at PNC Park James McCann helped power the White Sox (27-16) past the Buccos in a lopsided affair on Wednesday night.
McCann Leads the Way
After the Pirates walked-off against the White Sox in one of the more forgetful contests of the season for Chicago the previous night, veteran catcher James McCann was good enough to top the Pirates all by himself on Wednesday night, leading an eight-run, 11-hit offensive explosion against Pittsburgh last night.
McCann opened the scoring with a solo home run against Pirates’ starter J.T. Brubaker in the top of the third inning, and then blasted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to break the game wide-open. In between his two home runs McCann drove in fellow backstop Yasmani Grandal on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
McCann finished the evening 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, a sacrifice fly, and a pair of runs scored. The two home runs were the fourth and fifth of the season for McCann.
Back on Top
With some help from the Kansas City Royals — who defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-0 — the White Sox victory moved Chicago back into sole possession of the top spot in the American League Central with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.
The White Sox lead the Indians by one game, and lead the idle Minnesota Twins by a game-and-a-half in the Central.
In just his fourth major league outing Dane Dunning dominated the Pirates for six innings on Wednesday night. Dunning allowed zero runs and three hits while striking out three and walking just one Pittsburgh hitter in a victorious effort. The victory for Dunning was the first of his major league career, moving him to 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA on the season.
The White Sox will have their final scheduled day off of the season today before opening up a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers this weekend.
Lucas Giolito is slated to take the ball for the White Sox in Friday night’s lid-lifter, but the rest of the weekend is up in the air with Dallas Keuchel being skipped in the rotation in what skipper Ricky Renteria described as, “an abundance of caution,” after the veteran southpaw left his previous start in Kansas City with lower-back soreness.