Things looked rough for the Chicago White Sox when they lost to the Houston Astros on Friday night. It was a game where the White Sox had no chance against the pitching of Houston. They were shut down offensively and wasted a very nice performance from Dylan Cease.
It had lots of people wondering if the Astros were the one team that they couldn’t beat no matter what. It is because they were swept out of Houston earlier in the year and were now losers of five straight against them. One thing people forgot was that the loss ended a five-game winning for the White Sox team that is the best in the American League.
Of course, none of that mattered when Saturday’s game started. They defeated them by a final score of 10-1 in that game. The offense was amazing and Lucas Giolito was the ace of the staff that we know he can be. Shutting down Houston’s elite offense is very difficult and they were able to do it in that game. It felt like one of the more important games of the season.
They followed that up with a huge game on Sunday against the Astros again. They won the game 4-0 to take the series. The win put them a season-high 20 games over .500 and ended the bad vibes vs the Astros. It is even better that they outscored them 14-1 over the two wins. Great pitching, defense, and offense were the key in those two victories.
In this Sunday game, Carlos Rodon was sensational again. He had 12 days off through the All-Star break (he didn’t pitch in the game by design) so he was fresh and ready to go. He went 7 innings with ten strikeouts, one hit, and no walks. It was one of the best performances of his entire career against an elite offense.
The Houston Astros might come up again for the Chicago White Sox at some point.
The Astros, like the White Sox, are one of the best teams in the American League. It was fair to worry about their chances against them after losing five straight in the head-to-head matchup but this White Sox team has proved to be resilient all season long. They proved that in this series win. Don’t be surprised if the White Sox and Astros meet in the playoffs.
The way they played in this series is proof that they can get it done. They also did it without some of their superstars. They will have those guys back when the playoffs come back which will be yet another boost. Hopefully, this is a great beginning to a great second half.