The Chicago White Sox saw one of their top pitching prospects get his first win.
Dane Dunning hasn’t been anything other than impressive for the Chicago White Sox in his first few starts. Despite all of the success, he has always come away with a no-decision and a 0-0 record. Well, that changed on Wednesday evening when he finally picked up his first career win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a brilliant game by him to help the White Sox get back in the win column after a tough one the night before.
He pitched 6.0 innings of shutout baseball where he only gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out three. It was an awesome start for the kid to show that the White Sox might have a tough time not using him as their fourth starter once the playoffs roll around. He was great and deserves many congrats for the way he has played since being called up to the show.
He got some help from his offense. They scored eight runs on 11 hits to power through the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching. A lot of the offense came from their two catchers, Yasmani Grandal and James McCann. Five of the eight runs batted him came from those two and three of the runs scored were them. With those two hitting the ball well surrounded by all of the other talents, this team is capable of doing some serious damage.
Every single player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. One of those guys is superstar Jose Abreu. He extended his remarkable hitting streak to 22 games. The MVP hopeful is now on the eighth longest hitting streak in the history of the franchise. Nobody has had this long of a streak for the White Sox since Carlos Lee set the franchise record of 28 back in 2004. The hit streak is awesome but the most important thing for Abreu is that he keeps helping this team win baseball games which he is absolutely doing.
Today is a rare off day for the Chicago White Sox. They are coming home after a nine-game road trip where they went 6-3. It doesn’t matter who you are playing against if you go 6-3 on a nine-game road trip as that is impressive no matter what. It has really helped them inch that much closer to ending their postseason drought as they wake up today with a full game lead in the division. Next up is the Detroit Tigers where the White Sox really has a chance to get close to clinching (the magic number is 12).