After a rough Game 1 in the American League Division Series, Tim Anderson was back to business at the plate on Friday afternoon.
In fact, with three knocks in Chicago’s 9-4 loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday afternoon.
TA7 Breaking Records
Anderson tied an MLB record with 12 hits through his first five playoff games.
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Then he broke the record, but the MLbro’s 3-for-5 performance wasn’t enough to help his Chicago White Sox even up the series.
The Game 2 defeat now places the White Sox, down 0-2, on the brink of elimination as they return to the Southside for this best-of-five series.
Anderson’s playoff batting average rose to .444 with his three-hit day. In Game 1, Anderson was 1-for-4.
Running Out Of Time
But the team considered by many to be a World Series favorite has continued to struggle with runners in scoring position.
These kinds of moments were few and far between.
The 77-year-old Tony Larussa has been outmatched by 72-year-old Dusty Baker so far. The Hall of Fame manager needs to figure out a way to get his team back in the series.
Lacking Clutch Hits
Despite scoring four runs in Game 2, the White Sox were a woeful 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine in the process.
This has led to their eventual downfall in each game, but even more so in Game 2.
The White Sox had multiple opportunities to put the game out of reach, but simply didn’t capitalize.
The series now shifts to Guaranteed Rate Field, where the White Sox had the best home record in baseball during the regular season.
After failing to secure a much-needed split in the first two games, any idea of a World Series for Anderson and the White Sox must be put on hold for now. It’s officially win or go home everyday from here on out.