White Sox fall short of winning a series over Houston Astros
The Chicago White Sox are a really talented baseball team that is failing to meet expectations so far this season. Coming into the year, they were looked at as a top team in the American League but they have been no such thing. They are now 31-33 following the weekend.
They played against the Houston Astros for three games and it was a little strange to see how it all played out. On Friday, it looked like the White Sox were going to have a long series as they were destroyed by a final score of 13-3.
On Saturday, things went much better for the White Sox. They received great pitching from Johnny Cueto and scored seven funs as an offensive unit which was good enough to win the game 7-0. The impressive win came over Justin Verlander who has been Cy Young-level good so far this year.
The one win of the series came in that wild Cueto vs Verlander game as the White Sox fell just short on Sunday. They were losing 4-1 going into the 8th inning but rallied to make it 4-3. Unfortunately, the worst hitters in the organization came up to bat in the 9th and couldn’t get it going. That 4-3 score would hold as the final.
The Chicago White Sox are looking better but need to start winning regularly.
This is a disappointing loss but in a different way from all the others. The Sox came so close to tying this game and giving themselves a chance to win a very big series. Regardless, as long as they throw out Friday’s game, they can move on from this road trip feeling good.
Michael Kopech pitched in this game. He didn’t have his best stuff of all time as he gave up four earned runs. Most of Houston’s damage in this one came via the home run which is something that is uncharacteristic for Kopech.
It would have been nice if the White Sox offense could have pulled out an extra run or two so Kopech didn’t have to lose because he gave up one more home run than he usually does. The bats were mostly quiet as they only mustered up six hits.
They did have five walks though which is good to see. If they can keep that going, they will start to win a lot more. the bullpen shut it down once Kopech came out which is also a really good sign. This team feels like it is coming but it just needs to get over the hump.
Chicago went 4-2 on the trip. Now, they need to bring that momentum home as it is supposed to be a very hot week at the ballpark.
The ball will be flying through the air so we have to hope that the White Sox can take advantage. The first test of the week will be Lance Lynn day against the Toronto Blue Jays.