Carson Fulmer struck out nine and allowed one run and Jose Abreu homered twice. The White Sox defeated the Giants 8-1 to take the series.
Carson Fulmer showed he may have what it takes to be a starter after all. After struggling in his first start he struck out nine over six innings and allowed just one run on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. The Chicago White Sox offense exploded again, aided by two home runs from Jose Abreu and rolled for an 8-1 win over the Giants.
A day after hitting for the cycle, Abreu delivered again. In the bottom of the second he connected for a two-run home run that gave the White Sox a 5-1 lead. Then he connected again in the seventh for a solo home run. The first baseman was 6-for-12 with three home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored in the series. He now has 31 home runs and 90 RBIs this season.
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Giants pitching seemed to wake up the offense. As a lot of guys had quality at bats and were getting on base during this series against San Francisco. Tim Anderson had three more hits on Sunday after finishing a double shy of the cycle on Saturday. The promising young short stop is 13-for-25 in his last six games. His average has improved to .252 for the season.
The Giants and White Sox have two of the worst records in baseball. So this series did have draft implications. Depending on what side of the fence you fall on, you were rooting for the Giants. Still, it was good to see Fulmer come out and dominate. Even if it was against one of the worst teams in baseball. That could go a long way to giving him some confidence. Especially if he gets a few more starts before the season ends.
The White Sox will travel to Kansas City and open up a three-game set with the Royals on Monday. Reynaldo Lopez (0-3, 4.84 ERA) looks for his first win of the season against Jason Hammel (8-10, 4.73 ERA). Lopez has had quality starts in his last two outings.