The Chicago White Sox played a very tough series against the Cincinnati Reds. They only played two games and each one was wildly different. The first of the two was sort of an easy win as they scored nine runs. They were unable, however, to score a single run in an extra-inning game number two. The key to the series was their pitching. They went 1-1 in the two games but the pitching was straight-up dominant in both matches.
The Chicago White Sox had two dominant pitching performances in their two Cincinnati games.
The Great American Ballpark is considered a hitter’s park. You don’t normally have that good of pitching in a two-game series there but the White Sox did. The Reds have one of the best offenses in baseball and certainly the National League to go with that hitter’s park. Sox pitching went in there and made it extremely difficult on the Reds which is not an easy thing to do, especially at that field.
Dylan Cease had the first start. He was as good as he has ever been. He dominated the Detroit Tigers in the start before but the Tigers are no good so some people waited to declare him officially over the hump. Well, the Reds offense is certainly a group to be proud about dominating. The bullpen relieved him after and didn’t allow a single run which led to a very nice 9-0 victory.
The second game was more of the same. It went into extra innings tied at 0. Dallas Keuchel and Michael Kopech were so good before Liam Hendriks allowed just one run (with the bad extra-inning rule) where the Reds walked it off. It was a tough way to lose but it is so clear that the pitching was as brilliant as it could possibly be. It is none of their fault that the team couldn’t hit in that game.
Chicago White Sox starters are one of the best groups in the sport. They can dominate their way to the bullpen on most nights which is incredibly encouraging. If the offense can explode for them as it did in the first game of the series, they will have a chance to win. This was a great two-game set for them and now it would be nice to see them bring more of it to Kansas City.