Gavin Sheets gives White Sox spark in 7-6 victory over Twins

Gavin Sheets hits a pop fly that fell for a run scoring double in the fifth inning in his Major League debut against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 29, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) | GettySheets singles, doubles, drives in two runs and scores one in debut Gavin Sheets was eager to play in meaningful games. “I can’t wait, especially against an in-division rival,” the White Sox prospect said before making his major league debut against the Twins Tuesday. “That’s what you want to play for, that’s what you want to be a part of.” Starting in right field at Guaranteed Rate Field, Sheets made a meaningful contribution with a single in his first at bat against right-hander Kenta Maeda, an RBI fielder’s choice and a bloop RBI double his next two times up, helping the Sox to a 7-6 victory. Sheets was part of four roster moves made Tuesday. Jake Lamb (quad) landed on the injured list, outfielder Billy Hamilton (oblique) came off it and outfielder Luis Gonzalez was optioned to Charlotte. Lucas Giolito allowed a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson in the first inning but strung together five scoreless innings before allowing a leadoff double to Trevor Larnach in the seventh. Larnach scored on Nelson Cruz’s double, the first of two doubles allowed by Evan Marshall before Marshall left with an apparent injury and the Sox lead cut to 7-5. After Ryan Burr recorded four consecutive outs in his latest strong outing, closer Liam Hendriks hit a batter, walked another, threw two wild pitches and allowed a run in the ninth but retired Alex Kirilloff with the tying run on third to notch his 21st save. Leury Garcia followed Sheets’ first RBI with a go-ahead RBI single in a two run-third and followed Sheets’ double with a sacrifice fly in a four-run fifth. Sheets scored on Danny Mendick’s single. “Yeah, we could use some explosion out there when he comes to bat,” manager Tony La Russa said of Sheets before the game. “Looking forward to it.” The defending AL Central champion Twins (33-44), desperate to make up ground on the first-place Sox (46-32) and avoid getting buried deeper in the division, fell to 12 1⁄2 games behind the Sox. Moncada out with sore shoulder Yoan Moncada was out of the lineup because of a sore right shoulder. The third baseman dealt with soreness early in spring training, which isn’t unusual, but has had it off and on during the season. “I know he got some treatment and he’s still not right so just not going to push it,” La Russa said. “He’s had some issues with it, some already during the first half of the season. He gets treated, he gets exercises. Might he play [Wednesday]? Maybe, but it would be nice to try to get it where he’s not sore. But I don’t think there’s any issue going on the IL.” Lamb on IL with quad strain; Billy’s back Lamb, who appeared to move gingerly after running down a fly ball Sunday, is on the 10 day IL with a strained right quad. “It’s going to be at least a 10-day,” La Russa said. “But I don’t think it’s all that serious where it won’t heal sooner than later.” Ditch the switch A switch hitter, Hamilton said he will hit exclusively right-handed. He strained his oblique swinging right-handed, but it only bothers him when he swings left. He batted right against right-hander Michael Kopech in a sim game Monday. Hamilton entered as a defensive replacement in center field but did not bat.

Gavin Sheets gives White Sox spark in 7-6 victory over Twins
Gavin Sheets hits a pop fly that fell for a run scoring double in the fifth inning in his Major League debut against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 29, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) | Getty

Sheets singles, doubles, drives in two runs and scores one in debut

Gavin Sheets was eager to play in meaningful games.

“I can’t wait, especially against an in-division rival,” the White Sox prospect said before making his major league debut against the Twins Tuesday. “That’s what you want to play for, that’s what you want to be a part of.”

Starting in right field at Guaranteed Rate Field, Sheets made a meaningful contribution with a single in his first at bat against right-hander Kenta Maeda, an RBI fielder’s choice and a bloop RBI double his next two times up, helping the Sox to a 7-6 victory.

Sheets was part of four roster moves made Tuesday. Jake Lamb (quad) landed on the injured list, outfielder Billy Hamilton (oblique) came off it and outfielder Luis Gonzalez was optioned to Charlotte.

Lucas Giolito allowed a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson in the first inning but strung together five scoreless innings before allowing a leadoff double to Trevor Larnach in the seventh. Larnach scored on Nelson Cruz’s double, the first of two doubles allowed by Evan Marshall before Marshall left with an apparent injury and the Sox lead cut to 7-5.

After Ryan Burr recorded four consecutive outs in his latest strong outing, closer Liam Hendriks hit a batter, walked another, threw two wild pitches and allowed a run in the ninth but retired Alex Kirilloff with the tying run on third to notch his 21st save.

Leury Garcia followed Sheets’ first RBI with a go-ahead RBI single in a two run-third and followed Sheets’ double with a sacrifice fly in a four-run fifth. Sheets scored on Danny Mendick’s single.

“Yeah, we could use some explosion out there when he comes to bat,” manager Tony La Russa said of Sheets before the game. “Looking forward to it.”

The defending AL Central champion Twins (33-44), desperate to make up ground on the first-place Sox (46-32) and avoid getting buried deeper in the division, fell to 12 12 games behind the Sox.

Moncada out with sore shoulder

Yoan Moncada was out of the lineup because of a sore right shoulder. The third baseman dealt with soreness early in spring training, which isn’t unusual, but has had it off and on during the season.

“I know he got some treatment and he’s still not right so just not going to push it,” La Russa said.

“He’s had some issues with it, some already during the first half of the season. He gets treated, he gets exercises. Might he play [Wednesday]? Maybe, but it would be nice to try to get it where he’s not sore. But I don’t think there’s any issue going on the IL.”

Lamb on IL with quad strain; Billy’s back

Lamb, who appeared to move gingerly after running down a fly ball Sunday, is on the 10 day IL with a strained right quad.

“It’s going to be at least a 10-day,” La Russa said. “But I don’t think it’s all that serious where it won’t heal sooner than later.”

Ditch the switch

A switch hitter, Hamilton said he will hit exclusively right-handed. He strained his oblique swinging right-handed, but it only bothers him when he swings left. He batted right against right-hander Michael Kopech in a sim game Monday.

Hamilton entered as a defensive replacement in center field but did not bat.