On a day when the Pittsburgh Pirates honored Roberto Clemente by donning number 21 jerseys, the Chicago White Sox rebounded from a walk-off loss with an 8-1 blowout victory on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Chicago’s rookie starter Dane Dunning earned his first career victory, Jose Abreu extended his hit streak to 22 games, and James McCann hit two homeruns. Overall, it was a great game for the White Sox, the American League Central’s top team, and a horrible game for the Pirates, the National League Central’s last place team.
Dunning gave up just three hits and one walk in his six innings of work, while JT Brubaker, his mound opponent, was touched up for seven runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.
McCann’s first homerun of the game came in the third inning, a solo shot to get the Sox on the board. In the fourth inning, a single by Yasmani Grandal scored their second run, a sacrifice fly by McCann plated their third, and a two run single by Nick Madrigal made it 5-0. McCann’s second homerun was a monster blast, scoring two in the sixth inning and making it 7-0. Yoan Moncada added a RBI double later in the inning. The Pirates did muster one run in the bottom of the eighth, but it was far too little, far too late.
This was another ugly loss for the Pirates, something we have seen far too often during this abbreviated 2020 season. After a day off on Thursday, the Bucs will hit the road to open up a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals.
Record vs. White Sox: 1-3
Record vs. American League: 2-12
Record at Home: 9-14
Overall Record: 14-27
Let’s Go Bucs!