Stat of the Day: Grandal heating up

September 26th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the White Sox this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Sept. 26: White Sox 5, Indians 2 -- Grandal heating up
Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-4, which marked his fourth game this season with three or more hits and first since Sept. 11 against the Red Sox. Grandal is hitting .363 (29-for-80) with eight homers, 23 RBIs and 15 runs scored since returning from the injured list on Aug. 27.

Sept. 25: Indians 6, White Sox 0 -- Lynn caps impressive streak Lance Lynn saw his streak of allowing one or fewer earned runs in six consecutive road starts come to an end. It was the fourth longest such streak in club history.

Sept. 24: White Sox 1, Indians 0 -- Cease racking up K's
Right-hander Dylan Cease has 221 strikeouts this season, the third most in the American League behind only Robbie Ray (238) and Gerrit Cole (237). Cease's 221 strikeouts are the ninth most in a single season in White Sox history and the third most by a Chicago pitcher in his age 25-or-younger season, trailing Lucas Giolito in 2019 (228) and Chris Sale in 2013 (226).

Sept. 23: White Sox 7, Indians 2 (Game 1) -- Anderson sparks bats
Tim Anderson homered in the first and second innings to mark the 13th time in White Sox history a leadoff hitter has homered in both. He also did it on Aug. 17, 2020, at home against Tigers starter Matthew Boyd, making Anderson the first player in franchise history to complete the feat twice.

Sept. 21: Tigers 5, White Sox 3 -- Walk Grandal's way
Yasmani Grandal finished 0-for-2 on Tuesday, but he also drew three walks in a game for the sixth time this season -- putting him in second place behind Juan Soto's eight. Shohei Ohtani has done it five times, as has Joey Gallo. On the season, Grandal boasts a .417 on-base percentage, a .948 OPS, 78 walks, 73 strikeouts and 58 hits over 83 games.

Sept. 20: Tigers 4, White Sox 3 -- Relievers on scoreless roll
Right-handed relievers Jose Ruiz and Ryan Burr furthered their case for potential inclusion on the White Sox playoff roster with strong efforts out of the bullpen on Monday. Ruiz, who has pitched well all season in middle relief, struck out two and allowed one hit over two innings to give him 15 scoreless appearances in his last 17 outings. Burr struck out two in one scoreless frame, giving him 10 scoreless appearances in his last 12 outings.

Sept. 19: White Sox 7, Rangers 2 -- Anderson heating up
Tim Anderson was one of three White Sox players with a multi-hit performance during the series-deciding victory in Texas. The two hits gave the shortstop a team-leading 41 multi-hit efforts in 2021 and nine multi-hit results in his last 18 games (beginning Aug. 8). He is batting .345 during that time, raising his average from .292 to .301 overall.

Sept. 18: Rangers 2, White Sox 1 -- Grandal's power and patience
Yasmani Grandal had the greatest production of the limited White Sox offense in the loss with a first-pitch, game-tying home run in the sixth. Grandal also walked twice, giving him six games this season with a homer and multiple walks in the same contest. Coming into the Sept. 18 games, the only Major Leaguers with more than five such games were Bryce Harper with seven and Shohei Ohtani with six. Grandal is slashing .341/.464/.591 in 13 games this month.

Sept. 17: White Sox 8, Rangers 0 -- Moncada on a roll
Yoán Moncada's double leading off the second inning extended his on-base streak to 26 straight games. But an even more impressive stat from this streak is that Moncada has a hit in 25 of those 26 games. The only game where Moncada was held hitless came on Sept. 8 in Oakland, when he finished 0-for-3. Moncada has a .340 average over these 26 games and has reached base 13 times in his last six games.

Sept. 16: Angels 9, White Sox 3 -- Hendriks gets 100th strikeout
Closer Liam Hendriks hadn't pitched since Saturday, so despite the lopsided score in favor of the Angels, he worked the eighth inning. And he made the most of the chance, striking out the side on 16 pitches. Those three strikeouts give Hendriks 101 for the season against just seven walks, making him the first White Sox reliever to strike out 100 or more in a season since Keith Foulke fanned 123 in 1999. He also becamse the first White Sox pitcher to record 30-plus saves and 100-plus strikeouts in a season. Hendriks leads all Major League relievers in strikeouts and joined Foulke, Terry Forster (104 in '72 and 105 in '74), Goose Gossage (club-record 130 in '75) and Hoyt Wilhelm (107 in '65) as the other White Sox relievers in the 100-strikeout club.

Sept. 15: Angels 3, White Sox 2 -- Grandal's big night
Yasmani Grandal hit two milestones, of sorts, with his single in the sixth inning. His ground ball to right scored José Abreu to tie the game at 2, and produced the catcher's 57th RBI this season and the 500th of his career. The single also extended his on-base streak to 30 games, which represents the longest streak by a catcher in franchise history, and the longest by a White Sox player since Abreu (29) from Aug. 2-Sept. 2, 2016.

Sept. 14: White Sox 9, Angels 3 -- Abreu equals career high
José Abreu is known for swinging the bat and driving in an abundance of runs, but in the victory, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player showed off his patience at the plate. Abreu walked three times on a total of 16 pitches, marking just the second time in his career he has walked three times. The only other time it happened was Sept. 8, 2019, vs. the Angels at home. Abreu's three walks also gave him a single-season career high in that category with 54, breaking his previous high of 51 as a rookie in '14.

Sept. 12: White Sox 2, Red Sox 1 -- Yasmani's streak
Yasmani Grandal finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and in the process, he extended his on-base streak to 28 games. This run represents a career high and is the second-longest active stretch behind Wander Franco's 39 straight. Grandal, who played first base in the finale, is slashing .371/.482/.753 with four doubles, 10 home runs, 32 runs scored and 19 walks across his past 28 games.

Sept. 11: Red Sox 9, White Sox 8 (10 innings) -- Cease enters the historic K Zone
This start for Dylan Cease was one to forget overall, as the right-hander allowed seven runs in the third to Boston and departed after 2 2/3 innings and five walks. But there was some good news for Cease, too. He struck out the side during a scoreless first, bringing him to 200 strikeouts for the season. He became the fifth White Sox player (ninth time) to record 200-plus strikeouts in a season since 2000, joining Chris Sale (2013-16), Javier Vazquez ('07-08), Esteban Loaiza ('03) and Lucas Giolito ('19).

Sept. 10: White Sox 4, Red Sox 3 -- Saving the best for last
Liam Hendriks is closing with authority where the ninth inning for the White Sox is concerned. The right-hander converted his eighth consecutive save during the victory over the Red Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, increasing his single-season career best to 34 saves overall. He is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA, eight saves, 14 strikeouts and .150 opponents average (6-for-40) over his last 10 appearances.

Sept. 9: A's 3, White Sox 1 -- López provides length
Reynaldo López, who allowed three runs (one earned), pitched five innings for just the third time this season and threw a season-high 90 pitches.

Sept. 8: A's 5, White Sox 1 -- Grandal scalding the ball
After picking up two more hits in Chicago's loss to Oakland, Yasmani Grandal has now gone 15-for-29 with eight walks and just four strikeouts since coming back from the injured list on Aug. 27.

Sept. 7: White Sox 6, A's 3 -- Lambert, Robert team up
Jimmy Lambert, who recorded his first Major League win, induced seven fly balls out of his 15 outs, five of which were hit to Luis Robert. The Gold Glove center fielder made a stellar play in the first inning to take away extra bases from Starling Marte, ranging back and reaching over his shoulder to make the grab.

Sept. 5: Royals 6, White Sox 0 -- Moncada goes hitless?
Yoán Moncada's career-best 17-game hitting streak came to an end via an 0-for-4 showing in the finale at Kauffman Stadium ... or did it? In Moncada's sixth inning at-bat, he hit a line drive with a 107.3 mph exit velocity, per Statcast, which seemed to handcuff second baseman Whit Merrifield. It was ruled an error, which seemed to be the right call, but it was a ruling White Sox manager Tony La Russa plans on challenging.

"We’ll do everything we can to get it reviewed. That’s a base hit," La Russa said.

Moncada's 17-game hit streak was the longest for a White Sox player since José Abreu hit in 22 straight in 2020.

Sept. 4: White Sox 10, Royals 7 -- Another Abreu milestone
José Abreu's fourth-inning double drove in Danny Mendick to give the White Sox a 7-3 lead. It also was the 500th extra-base hit of Abreu's illustrious White Sox career. After hitting another double in the eighth inning, his exact breakdown is 226 home runs, 259 doubles and 16 triples. Abreu became the fifth player in franchise history to surpass 500 extra-base hits, trailing Frank Thomas (906), Paul Konerko (846), Luke Appling (587) and Harold Baines (585).

Sept. 3: Royals 7, White Sox 2 -- Moncada's streak continues
Yoán Moncada extended his career-high hit streak to 17 with a two-out single in the third inning. The 17 games also represent the longest hit streak for a White Sox player during the 2021 season, breaking a tie with Tim Anderson at 16. The longest hitting streak in franchise history belongs to Carlos Lee in '04, when he hit in 28 straight, but Moncada needs to hit in five more just to get in the top 10 of this category.

Sept. 1: White Sox 6, Pirates 3 -- Abreu HBP ... again
José Abreu does not lead the Majors or the American League in being hit by a pitch, but he's getting closer. After being hit by an Anthony Banda pitch during the victory, the White Sox first baseman has now been hit 17 times this season, and 100 times in his stellar career. It's a single-season career-high for the veteran, who sits third overall in the Majors and in the AL for that category. But that total is minor compared to his playing days in Cuba, as Abreu pointed out pregame. He was hit 30 times in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons when he suited up for Cienfuegos.