CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon’s first recreation again in Chicago was much like his remaining recreation with the Cubs: a loss.
Rookie Gavin Sheets hit an extended three-run homer and had 4 RBIs in his first three-hit recreation, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 on Tuesday evening.
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Maddon managed the Cubs for 5 years, main them to the playoffs 4 occasions and a World Sequence title in 2016 that ended the crew’s 108-year championship drought.
“I assumed it could at all times have been attention-grabbing to have the ability to dangle collectively for a pair extra. I can’t deny that,” Maddon mentioned earlier than the sport. “That group proper there was not solely very proficient, they’re very charismatic, too. I just like the folks in that room. The best way they handled stress or expecations was excellent.”
Maddon’s contract was not renewed by the Cubs on the finish of the 2019 season. He was employed to handle the Angels, a crew he coached earlier than he spent 2006-14 as Tampa Bay’s supervisor.
“In fact, you’ll assume retrospectively you’d wish to have a pair extra years to get another shot on the gold ring. It didn’t occur,” Maddon mentioned of his time in Chicago. “And with that, I’ve had this glorious alternative to come back again to California, be with the Angels once more.
“In order that’s that aspect. The flip aspect is it’s really turned out fairly effectively for me and my household. I don’t imply to sound egocentric, however the place I’m at proper now with the group I’m with is fairly particular. I’m wanting ahead to our subsequent trup to the World Sequence right here, too, now.”
Sheets hit a go-ahead single within the second inning off Packy Naughton (0-2) and made it 6-1 with a three-run homer within the third. He narrowly missed a second dwelling run when he doubled to the right-field wall within the fifth.
“He made a press release,” supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned of the 6-foot-5 outfielder. “He acquired a pitch to hit, and he hit it a good distance. Then he acquired one other one. “There’s an outdated saying, while you’re a hungry hitter you may have an opportunity to be a productive hitter — and he’s a hungry hitter.”
Sheets, a left-handed hitting 25-year-old, mentioned he acquired a confidence increase when La Russa positioned him within the lineup as designated hitter in opposition to Naughton, a lefty.
“It was big,” Sheets mentioned. “For him to place me in there in an enormous recreation after we’re nonetheless nonetheless preventing for home-field benefit was huge for me. Being within the huge leagues is a dream come true. To be right here and contribute, you may’t ask for greater than that in a rookie yr.”
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Luis Robert had a solo homer and a double because the AL Central-leading White Sox expanded their margin over second-place Cleveland to 12 1/2 video games.
Leury García and César Hernandez every had two hits and an RBI for the White Sox (83-61), who diminished their magic quantity for clinching the division to seven.
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito lasted 4 innings in his return from a strained left hamstring. He allowed three runs, on homers by Phil Gosselin within the first and Jared Walsh, within the fourth, Giolito walked two and struck out eight, together with 5 in a row swinging.
Gioloto mentioned his hamstring felt superb and that he was on an 80-pitch restrict on this one. He tossed 87.
“In my thoughts, I need work a minimum of 5 innings with 80 pitches,” Giolilto mentioned. “I wasn’t environment friendly sufficient..
Aaron Bummer (3-5) pitched a scoreless seventh.
All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson went 1 for five in his return from a strained left hamstring after lacking 12 video games.
Naughton (0-2) gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 2 2/3 innings.
“Within the second and into the third they had been simply getting on every thing,” Maddon mentioned. “We put extra confidence of their tank with the house run by Sheets. And that mentally did some factor for them and in opposition to us.”
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Robert was clipped within the helmet by a pitch from Oliver Ortega within the fifth, however acquired up and remained within the recreation.