Miguel Gonzalez Leads White Sox to Fifth Consecutive Series Victory
White Sox starter pitches best outing of the season, team wins fifth consecutive series after victory over New York Yankees on Wednesday
The White Sox sorely needed a solid outing from Miguel Gonzalez on Wednesday against the New York Yankees. After the Yankees pummeled the White Sox for nine runs and 20 hits on Tuesday, Gonzalez held the Bronx Bombers to just five hits over seven innings pitched and allowed no earned runs in a victory for the home team.
Gonzalez, who had a stellar outing in his previous start against the Houston Astros on July 1, pitched perhaps his best start of the season. After not getting a victory against the Astros, Gonzalez was able to survive a shaky first inning against the Yankees to hold New York scoreless throughout seven innings pitched. Gonzalez has pitched seven innings in consecutive starts for the first time this season.
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The White Sox offense was able to score off Yankees starter Michael Pineda in the second inning, and gave Gonzalez plenty of run support. After getting shutout on Tuesday, the White Sox offense were able to start its scoring with a RBI single from Avisail Garcia. J.B. Shuck and Tim Anderson hit back-to-back RBI doubles to extend the White Sox lead 4-0 in the second inning. Brett Lawrie would hit a RBI forceout to second base in the sixth inning to extend the White Sox lead to 5-0.
With the victory over the Yankees, the White Sox won its fifth consecutive series for the first time since August 2013. After finishing a series against the Cleveland Indians where the team was swept, the White Sox have played some of its best baseball of the season. The White Sox haven’t lost two consecutive games since being swept by the Indians on June 19.
The starting pitching has continued to have stellar outings with the exception of Carlos Rodon‘s start against the Yankees on Tuesday. The starting rotation despite the hiccup from Rodon, has pitched 39 innings combined and have a 3.00 ERA through five starts in July.
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The White Sox undoubtedly needed to have a nice stretch before the All-Star break, and they had to take advantage of a softer schedule this week. With the arrival of the Atlanta Braves on Friday, the White Sox could be well over .500 before the All-Star break, something that was almost impossible to think of when the team was 33-36 after getting swept by the Indians.