CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson began his Zoom session following Monday night’s 7-2 White Sox victory over the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field with a reminder.
“I told you things are starting to get positive,” said the shortstop. “We've just got to continue to keep having fun, keep grinding those at-bats out.”
In regard to Chicago's production over its last two victories -- raising its record to 12-11 -- positive would be an understatement.
“They're doing a lot of damage in the zone. It seems to be the big key,” manager Rick Renteria said. “They had some really good at-bats today, starting off with Timmy again. Great at-bats at the top of the lineup, and just kind of kept going. Obviously quite a few guys contributed today and it was positive. A really good day."
Memories of that underwhelming doubleheader sweep by the Cardinals on Saturday, in which the White Sox managed just three hits in each game, are growing distant in the rearview mirror.
“Moving forward, we want to be more consistent with this kind of offense and this kind of a game we’ve had the last couple of days,” said Robert, through interpreter Billy Russo.
The South Siders really seem to enjoy facing Detroit’s Matthew Boyd, in particular, especially during his last two trips to the mound -- and especially at the start of the game.
On Aug. 12 in Detroit, Anderson and Eloy Jiménez opened with home runs off the Tigers’ southpaw, and on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, Anderson and Moncada accomplished the feat on consecutive pitches from Boyd in the first. According to Stats by STATS, the White Sox are the first team in Major League Baseball history to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the game twice off the same pitcher in the same season.
The White Sox also became the first modern-era team to hit two straight homers to start a game twice in a five-game span. The previous shortest span since 1900 was by the 2018 Dodgers, who did it twice in a 10-game span, per the Elias Sports Bureau. It was the sixth time in franchise history the White Sox opened with back-to-back homers and the first time they did it twice in the same season.
“Obviously, if I could trade it in, I'd trade the 10 K’s up for seven innings right now,” González said. “I'd do it in a heartbeat. That's just my mentality where I want to eat innings, I want to save the bullpen, and I want to go out there and still compete at a high level.”
Of course, the White Sox hitting 10 home runs in two games makes his job that much easier.
“It's incredible when they turn it on,” González said. “It's definitely fun to watch. I think what,  home runs in two days? That's pretty damn good. I don't think I've ever seen that before.”
“We're dangerous,” Anderson said. “The lineup, from top to bottom, everybody can swing it. And when we're clicking like that on all angles, I don't think a team can beat us."