The White Sox didn’t help their case that much in the first game of Tuesday’s double header as they played sluggishly. However, in the second game, the White Sox bats came alive, and they had a very good outing thanks to those bats and strong pitching.
The Guardians ended up winning the first game 4-1. The Sox played less than stellar baseball coming up with just one run and hitting the ball three times. The lone run of the game was scored by Andrew Vaughn off an Eloy Jimenez knock in the 7th inning.
The Sox just could not get that much going in the first game thanks to great pitching by Guardian’s starter Shane Bieber and a lack of offense by their batters.
The three hits came from the near middle of the order with Jose Abreu, Vaughan, and Jimenez having them.
Davis Martin was the starting pitcher in the first game. He went six innings giving up eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out three batters and walked two. Perhaps things would be better in the second game.
The Chicago White Sox really needed a split on Tuesday in the doubleheader.
Heading to the mound in the second game was Dylan Cease fresh off of being snubbed for a spot in the All-Star Game.
He would face former White Sox Minor Leaguer Konnor Pilkington. Cease appeared to have the upper hand heading into this one and it promised to be a good pitcher’s duel. Or so we thought as Cease pretty much had his way while Plinkington struggled.
The Sox struck first and earned their first lead of the series as Abreu smacked a two-run home run in the 1st to make it 2-0 early.
The hit parade continued for the Sox in the second inning as Josh Harrison blasted a home run to make it 3-0. The Sox grabbed another run when Vaughn came home after a little mix-up on a long hop ball by Jimenez. It was 4-0 at that point in the top of the 3rd inning.
The game was quiet after that until the bottom of the sixth when Cease got into a jam. Luckily, he and the bullpen were able to get out of that jam and keep the score 4-0 heading into the 7th.
The Sox found themselves in another jam in the bottom of the 8th but relief pitcher Kendall Graveman got them out of trouble. The Sox headed to the top of the 9th with the lead.
The White Sox pretty much put the game away in the top of the 9th as Luis Robert smacked a three-run home run thanks to a ball that bounced off the foul pole. His homer made it 7-0.
The Guardians were up in the bottom of the 9th but were retired in order as the Sox sealed a 7-0 victory. Cease had a strong game striking out a total of nine batters with three walks. He had 5 hits but no earned runs. He pitched five and two-thirds innings.
The White Sox will face the Guardians again on Wednesday night with Lucas Giolito heading to the mound. The White Sox will need another win to keep their hopes of grabbing the AL Central lead alive.