The Chicago White Sox finally earned a much-needed win against the Detroit Tigers this Saturday afternoon beating them 8-0.
Quite possibly the biggest reason for the win was the eight innings of scoreless baseball that starting pitcher Johnny Cueto pitched for the Sox.
Cueto was on fire during the day and did an excellent job of keeping the Tigers from overrunning and outdoing the Sox. The eight runs the Sox offense scored helped but Cueto’s pitching was a huge factor in this one.
In looking at the numbers, you can see just how well Cueto pitched. He pitched eight innings which is much farther than anyone thought or figured he could. He allowed no earned runs, just five hits, and struck out five batters. Cueto threw a total of 101 pitches with 66 of those being strikes.
The Chicago White Sox had one of the best games of their 2022 season.
It was also a great day for Cueto because the offense finally got things going and helped support him in a big way. The eight runs that were scored by the White Sox offense were done in a great and exciting fashion.
With a lead, Cueto could just put things on cruise control and didn’t have to worry so much about what the offense is doing. It was the ideal outing for him as this team needed a huge win.
Cueto hadn’t had much support from his offense in games past. Had he had some support he might have won a game or two more than he has. He’s been an outstanding pitcher since joining the team but his performance has been overshadowed by the lack of offense.
In this game, everything came together, and it showed just what the White Sox can do when everything comes together in the right way for them.
The Sox will finish up their series with the Tigers Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The pitching matchup includes Michael Kopech going up against Drew Hutchison. Kopech has been down a little lately so hopefully he will be able to pick it back up and play the way he did to start the season.
The Sox would really benefit by winning this game and splitting the series and good pitching would go a long way towards helping them get a win.