Chicago’s Crowd, and its Offense, Comes Alive Against the Astros

by 24USATVOct. 11, 2021, 8 a.m. 17
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CHICAGO — The first two of games of this American League division series between the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox were decidedly one-sided. The Astros outscored their opponent by a combined 15-5 and came into Sunday needing just one more victory to advance to their fifth straight A.L. Championship Series. The White Sox, winners of a weaker division, looked overmatched.

Still, White Sox fans filled Guaranteed Rate Field for Game 3 on Sunday night, their team’s first home postseason game since 2008. They rained boos — and vulgarities — onto the Astros who were part of the 2017 World Series team that was later revealed to have cheated. The stands teemed with beer, energy and black jerseys, lifting the spirits of their hometown team.

In front of 40,288 people, the White Sox responded in kind, producing a 12-6 win over the Astros that saved their season and trimmed their deficit in the best-of-five series to two-games-to-one. The odds are still in the Astros’ favor, but the White Sox lived to play another day, with Game 4 set for Monday afternoon.

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