Chicago White Sox fans have waited 12 years for it, but the team is officially back in the postseason, beating the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series on Tuesday.
Here are the latest highlights and headlines from the game:
After a perfect ninth inning from Alex Colome, the White Sox are in the win column in the series, beating the A's 4-1 on Tuesday.
The two teams will battle again on Wednesday in the second game of the best-of-three series.
The White Sox certainly made it interesting in the eighth inning, as Mark Canha scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Ramon Laureano to make the game 4-1.
After Sean Murphy laced a single to center field, Tommy La Stella came up as the tying run, and Aaron Bummer got him to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning and keep the White Sox ahead by three runs heading into the ninth inning.
Lucas Giolito allows the first two batters of the eighth inning to reach base, and he has been pulled from the game with runners on first and third and nobody out. Threw exactly 100 pitches today.
Former White Sox hurler Joakim Soria now on the hill for the A's, and he gives up a solo home run to Yasmani Grandal. The Sox DH's blast gives the White Sox a 4-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Giolito pitches out of the inning, getting a pop-up from Matt Olson to preserve the White Sox 3-0 lead after seven innings of action.
Bad news White Sox fans: Lucas Giolito's perfect game bid has come to an end, as Tommy La Stella hits a single to lead off the seventh inning.
Giolito is the first pitcher in 16 years to throw six or more perfect innings to start a playoff game, according to ESPN's Stats and Info.
We can't say the words, but.....Lucas Giolito is still cruising along in this game, and he's doing.....really well.
He now has six strikeouts in six innings of work.
While the White Sox offense has looked to be in good order, Lucas Giolito has been even better, with two strikeouts and zero base runners allowed in the first four innings of this game.
More importantly, Giolito has thrown just 51 pitches in four innings, potentially paving the way for a long afternoon on the mound.
The White Sox squander a scoring chance as they strand Engel on second base to keep the game at 3-0.
They did force Luzardo out of the game however, a welcome development in a short series.
With two outs in the third inning, the White Sox teed off on Luzardo again, as Jose Abreu launched a two-run shot over the left-center field fence.
The Sox now lead 3-0 thanks to their second home run in the game.
You can put it on the board, yes!
Adam Engel hits a one-out, two-strike solo home run over the left field wall, giving the White Sox an early 1-0 lead.
The White Sox got hits from Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu, but Jesus Luzardo managed to pitch out of trouble and to keep the game scoreless after a half-inning.
The White Sox did make him work, with Luzardo throwing 21 pitches in the inning.
White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez is continuing to battle injury, and he is not in the starting lineup for the Sox on Tuesday afternoon.
Manager Ricky Renteria did not specify whether Jimenez would be able to pinch-hit in the game, but he will be replaced in the lineup by Leury Garcia, who was activated from the 45-day injured list to be included on the 28-man playoff roster.
1 Tim Anderson – SS
2 Yoan Moncada – 3B
3 Yasmani Grandal – DH
4 Jose Abreu – 1B
5 James McCann – C
6 Luis Robert – CF
7 Adam Engel – RF
8 Leury Garcia – LF
9 Nick Madrigal – 2B
-Speaking of that playoff roster, the White Sox did include Garcia on the roster, along with pitchers Dylan Cease and Carlos Rodon, but opted to keep Gio Gonzalez and Reynaldo Lopez off of the 28-man squad.
-The team also released an incredible hype video for fans looking to get excited for Tuesday’s game.