After being swept by the New York Yankees over the weekend, the Chicago White Sox absolutely needed to win Monday night’s game. With Guaranteed Rate Field up to 60 percent capacity for the first time this season, it was great to see them back at home. The St. Louis Cardinals were in town ready to start a series between two teams in first place.
The Cardinals just came off a tough series themselves. They were defeated 2-1 in their weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. Well, things didn’t get better for them on this night as they were defeated by a Chicago team for the third time in four games. This one came by the final score of 5-1.
This Chicago White Sox win was huge for a lot of people as they look to get back on track.
This was the first time that Chicago White Sox fans had the opportunity to see Nolan Arenado in their ballpark. It was the last stadium on his list to play in as he hit the other 29 in his career already. It was a really cool thing to see as he is one of the game’s great players right now.
Tony La Russa went into the game having managed 5,142 Major League Baseball games. None of those had ever come against the St. Louis Cardinals. Some of us might not like how things have gone with him so far this season but he is a legendary manager. To see him manage (and beat) them was really cool. It had to feel good beating them in his first-ever managerial appearance against them.
The player that deserves credit for getting the offense going for the White Sox is Andrew Vaughn. For the second game in a row, he hit a baseball to Pluto which put the White Sox ahead 2-1 as there was a man on base. The kid is on fire right now and looking like the elite power hitter that he was drafted to be. Keeping this up would be as good as the White Sox added a bat via trade.
Lance Lynn was the starter for the White Sox in this one. To be honest, there isn’t a better pitcher in the organization to be on the mound to stop a losing streak. He just goes out there and pitches which is exactly what you need when things are down. He told the media after the game that it was the most satisfying win of his regular-season career as he beat his old team in the Cardinals.
Lynn went seven innings giving up three hits, one run, and three walks while having four strikeouts. It was a great outing for him. If he is able to keep up these types of numbers, he will be in the chase for the Cy Young Award.
After going seven innings, Michael Kopech came in and slammed the door by going two innings. He only allowed two hits and had three strikeouts as his stuff was on point. We know that this kid is on fire this season and it was on display again in this one.
Now they will hand the ball over to Lucas Giolito who will face his old high school teammate in Jack Flaherty. It is one of the key pitching matchups on the entire MLB slate for the evening. It would be nice to see the White Sox keep the bats going and get a great outing from Giolito to take the win.