Tony La Russa wanted to focus on winning Game 1 of the twin bill against the Red Sox on Sunday before he decided what he needed to do to win Game 2. Saving someone for the second game didn’t take precedence over having a real chance to win the first game.
Starter Dallas Keuchel and timely hits from the White Sox lineup allowed Chicago to accomplish what its skipper wanted in a 3-2 win at Fenway Park.
Keuchel was at his best this season on Sunday, in an outing the White Sox needed. After a bullpen game on Saturday, and with a starter still to be determined for Game 2, Chicago needed him to take the bulk of the game’s seven innings.
Keuchel pitched five innings of two-run ball, struck out one and did not allow a walk to earn his first win of the season.
The southpaw retired the first seven batters he faced before Bobby Dalbec hit a moonshot double off the Green Monster in the third frame, missing a game-tying home run by just a few feet. According to Statcast, Dalbec’s double would’ve landed as a home run in 28 Major League ballparks.
Tim Anderson, who is still fresh off the injured list with a left hamstring strain, opened the game with a first-pitch home run to right field to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. The 382-foot homer, per Statcast, set the stage for Keuchel to go the distance in the first game of an action-packed day for the White Sox.