White Sox won AL Central Division title with victory over Indians – NBC Chicago
For the first time in 13 years, the Chicago White Sox are American League Central Division champions, knocking out the Cleveland Indians on Thursday in Game 1 of a doubles program at Progressive Field.
The victory gives the White Sox their Premier League crown since 2008, and marks the first time in the team’s history that they have qualified for the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
The White Sox also advanced to the playoffs in 2020, losing in three games to the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Series.
Tim Anderson helped the White Sox get off to a flying start, hitting a home run down center-right in the first inning to put the South Siders on the board with a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, the White Sox had six runs, including three home runs. Luis Robert hit a left field homer to make it 2-0, then Eloy Jiménez hit a solo left shot to increase the lead to three.
Anderson then stepped up and hit another home run to the right, scoring Cesar Hernandez and Leury García to give the South Siders a 6-0 lead. Robert then finished the play-off with an RBI single, giving Chicago a 7-0 lead.
From there, Reynaldo López and the White Sox bullpen took care of the rest, keeping the Indians at bay and winning the team’s division title in the process.
The White Sox will have four more games in Cleveland, including a Thursday. They will then travel to Detroit for a catch-up game on Monday, then return home for a five-game home game against the Cincinnati Reds and Tigers to end the season.
The next agenda for Chicago will be trying to secure a field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and to do that, they’ll need to beat the Houston Astros down the home stretch. With the win, the White Sox are five games away from the Astros with just nine games remaining in the regular season.