Derek Holland allowed one run on three hits in a 6-2 win over the Indians. The lefty improved to 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA this season for the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak behind a strong effort from Derek Holland on Sunday. The left hander allowed one run on three hits and struck out six en route to a 6-2 win over Cleveland. Melky Cabrera led the offense with two RBI.
Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson came out of the bullpen to shut the Indians down. Robertson allowed a run on a wild pitch. Holland’s only blemish came in the fourth on a solo home run by Francisco Lindor.
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After scoring one run in their last three games, the offense finally came to play. The White Sox jumped all over Danny Salazar and gave Holland a 3-0 lead after the first inning. That will definitely give your pitcher some confidence and allows him to relax. He doesn’t have to worry about being perfect because he is already playing with the lead.
That’s something this team has really struggled with. They never got timely hitting however and they left runners on base. Even though they left 11 runners on base, they were able to generate six runs. The pitching has been relatively good, it’s just they’ve been given no run support.
If this team can generate offense on a regular basis, they should be in good shape. Pitching hasn’t been the best, but the bullpen has shown to be lights out. Starting pitching has been decent, with the exception of Jose Quintana. However, when guys like Holland are shutting teams down, the offense has to show up. The White Sox won’t be a great team until they can do enough to win close games. And that means timely hitting and good pitching.