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Friday, October 07, 2022

Louis Robert excels on the field, at the plate, and on the basepath in the Chicago White Sox’s 3-2 win in the home opener

Louis Robert excels on the field, at the plate, and on the basepath in the Chicago White Sox's 3-2 win in the home opener

Louis Robert ran toward the wall at Guaranteed Rate Field attempting to track down Jesse Winker’s long fly in the third inning on Tuesday.

The Chicago White Sox center fielder was well aware of his surroundings.

“Before I was caught, I knew about the wall,” said Robert through an interpreter. “And then, when you know it, you’re able to adjust. It’s not going to surprise you. I knew where the wall was, and I knew about the drama.”

Robert jumped, took the catch and hit the wall. Brilliant game saved at least one run.

Robert also displayed his talent at plate and base, helping the Sox win 3–2 against the Seattle Mariners in the home opener in front of a sold out crowd of 36,948.

He gave the Sox the lead in the sixth with a single homer. He went for a walk in the eighth, stole second and third and scored what turned out to be an important insurance run.

“It’s something special to be able to do in the home opener and hopefully it’s something I can do throughout the season,” said Robert.

If the first four games are any indication, Robert’s season is about to be great.

He has at least one hit in every game. He had two hits, including an RBI double, at Friday’s opener in Detroit. He singled out twice and scored on Saturday and scored another two on Sunday.

Robert’s two stolen bases on Tuesday gave him season four.

“He does everything well,” said Sox close Liam Hendrix.

Tuesday’s catch came at critical time. The Sox trailed by one run and the Mariners were threatening with runners on first and second and one out.

“He definitely tracks some stuff in there,” said starter Vince Velasquez, who allowed two strikes on two hits and a run with three walks in four innings. That there is a lot of ground that is being covered.”

Robert didn’t think twice about the wall.

He said, ‘When you are on the field, you don’t think about it. “When you’re on the field, you just think about doing your job.”

The Sox tied the game in third place, and Robert gave them the lead with their first home run of the season from starter Matt Brash.

“His performance was great,” Robert said of Brash, who conceded two runs and hit a six in his 5⅓ innings on his big league debut. “He did very well. The second time through, we were able to understand his pitches and how he was dealing with us. And then from there we managed to score some runs.”

According to MLB Statcast, Robert’s homer walked an estimated 408 feet in right-center and had an exhaust velocity of 110.4 mph.

“He showed a lot of why he is so special,” said Sox manager Tony La Russa. “What impressed me so much, he showed last year when he came back after losing so much time, he batted really well.

“We punched a lot (nine times Tuesday), we chased the breaking balls very hard and he laid out a bunch. The progress he is making with controlling that strike zone is really impressive for a young hitter. ,

Robert’s move set the stage for more excitement, moving up from eighth place. He steals the second and puts himself in the scoring position. And then he took the third swipe and went 90 feet closer to the house.

“It was my decision (to steal the third),” said Robert. “It was completely set up for me. I was watching the timing of two pitches before that (of reliever Diego Castillo), and I thought it was the right time for me.

With Jose Abreu finishing first, second stolen base cornered Sox runners with an out. Based on the Eloy Jimenez short. The Mariners were forced into second place, but Jimenez defeated the throw in first place. Robert scored on the play to take a 3-1 lead.

Jimenez has at least one RBI in each of the first four games.

The Mariners scored once against Hendrix in the ninth, but Mitch Hanniger struck from close range with two more outs for his first defense. Reynaldo López won, attacking two in a 1⅔ scoreless relief innings, as the Sox won their third straight.

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