Chicago White Sox: They made it through that tough August stretch
The Chicago White Sox ended the month of August strong, considering 14 of their last 17 games have been against American League contenders such as the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays. The team ended the month of August playing against its crosstown rival, the Chicago Cubs.
The White Sox went 9-8 over their last 17 games, losing series against the Yankees and Rays, two games to one each series. The Sox took three out of four against the Athletics and splitting the series with the Blue Jays.
They opened their toughest stretch of the season against the New York Yankees in the Field of Dreams game that ended about as magical as any game we’ve seen this season. Tim Anderson played the hero that night, hitting a walk-off home run to give the White Sox a 9-8 win in one of the best regular-season matchups the league has seen in years.
The Sox lost the next two games by scores of 7-5 and 5-3, losing the season series against the Yankees five games to one. In the following series, the White Sox played the A’s at home and outscored them by a total of 12 runs through their four-game series.
They took the first three games and lost a close game in the series closer. The Sox will head to Oakland for a three-game series during the first week of September to finish the season series against them.
In the next series, the Sox were in Tampa for a three-game set against the Rays and won the first game in an exciting extra innings matchup by a final score of 7-5. The Sox were shut down offensively the next two games scoring only four runs over the final two games of the series, losing 8-4 in the second game, and 9-0 in the final matchup of the series.
The Sox and Rays split their season series at three games apiece and will certainly be a conference foe to worry about come postseason time. Next up for the Sox, the team flew north of the border into Toronto for a four-game set against the Blue Jays. The teams split the series two games apiece.
The Sox lost the series opener by a score of 2-1 behind a wild pitch from Craig Kimbrel that allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Sox won the next game 5-2 behind a magnificent start from Dylan Cease as he shut down the Blue Jays offense, limiting the team to only one run while striking out seven and allowing four hits.
The offense didn’t show up in game three of the series as they lost 3-1. It did, however, show up in the series finale, putting up 10 runs and winning the game by three runs in Carlos Rodon’s return to action.
The Chicago White Sox did well during a very tough portion of their schedule.
The Sox went 7-7 against the most difficult portion of their schedule with a run differential of +1 against four of baseball’s most potent offenses. The Sox then came back to Chicago to face the Cubs and put up a whopping 17 runs behind Yasmani Grandal’s magnificent return to action, hitting two home runs and driving in eight runs.
The Sox offense was shut down on Saturday as they were unable to put up a run and were limited to only four hits. The offense came back to life on Sunday. They put up13 runs and limited the Cubs to only one run behind Luis Robert’s stellar game as he hit two home runs. They followed it up on Tuesday with the final game of August, a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Sox are gearing up for a strong September as they look to head into the postseason hot. They have 29 games left on their schedule and will have to face off against postseason contenders like the A’s again, the Boston Red Sox, and the Cincinnati Reds. It’s going to be a tough final stretch for the White Sox over the final month, but with the team being back to full strength, it should be an exciting September for the White Sox and their fans.