The Chicago White Sox cruised by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night behind two home runs from James McCann and a great start from Dane Dunning.
After a sloppy performance in last night's loss, it was good to see the team bounce back and take care of business before heading back to Chicago. A little bit of small ball and power helped the South Siders seal a seven-run victory.
The Sox opened up the scoring in their half of the third. James McCann hit a solo home run to center to make it 1-0. It was the fourth long ball of the season for the team's backstop.
Just one inning later, the Sox offense added to their lead. Yoan Moncada singled to get it going. On the play, Pittsburgh right fielder Gregory Polanco misplayed the ball and allowed Moncada to advance to second. Yasmani Grandal wasted no time in driving him home to double the team's lead to 2-0.
Jose Abreu then sent a ball that was deflected by Colin Moran to the second baseman Kevin Newman. On the play, the call on the field was "out", however, the visitors challenged the play and it was overturned.
Eloy Jimenez drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. After Luis Robert struck out, McCann notched his second RBI with a sacrifice fly to plate Moncada, 3-0. Nomar Mazara walked as well to load the bases, this time with two outs. Nick Madrigal got some redemption from last night with a two-out, two-run single to pad the lead at 5-0.
McCann displayed his power once again in the sixth inning. After Robert singled, McCann shot his second dinger of the night to left-center, giving the Sox a 7-0 lead. This chased Brubaker from the game in favor of Tyler Bashlor. Nomar Mazara greeted him with a single up the middle. Tim Anderson drew a walk. Moncada followed with a double that plated Mazara, making the score 8-0 White Sox.
Dunning cruised through the sixth and was replaced by Gio Gonzalez after giving up a double to Moran in the bottom of the seventh.
The Pirates got a run in their half of the eighth. JT Riddle singled and later scored on a catcher's interference call. It was 8-1 Sox after eight.
That would be the final score of the team's final road game before this weekend's series with Detroit. Dunning was absolutely brilliant in tonight's start, and he is making an impact despite being so young. Tonight's win puts the White Sox alone in first place atop the American League Central. Don’t forget to tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reactions and analysis after every White Sox contest.