The Chicago White Sox came into Wednesday’s game looking for a series split with the Cleveland Guardians. They lost the first game on Monday night and then the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. That was a tough game that made things look bleak for the White Sox.
However, every time this team looks dead, they figure out a way to bring the hope back. Pitching was a big part of that as Dylan Cease was magnificent again in his Tuesday night start in the second game which allowed the White Sox to win.
He, along with the bullpen to end the game, didn’t give up a single run. That is what allowed the White Sox to come up with the win and come into Wednesday’s game feeling much better. They knew they needed Lucas Giolito to step up big.
That is exactly what happened as Giolito did what he needed to do to win. He gave up one run on five hits. He struck out five while only allowing one walk which is really nice for him. This is starting to become a string of really good starts for him.
If Giolito can begin looking like this with regularity again, he will be back to that ace form that made him so good for a long time. If that were the case, the White Sox starting rotation would be absolute nails on paper. They just need to go out there and perform to their potential.
The White Sox pitchers did their job in the latter two games vs the Guardians.
Following Giolito, the White Sox bullpen was outstanding again. Reynaldo Lopez, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks came in and didn’t give up a single hit while recording the eight outs that Giolito needed them to get in order to win the game 2-1.
In the case of Graveman and Hendriks, they had a perfect noting of three up and three down. Those are the two best relievers on the team and they need to pitch like it on the regular. Hendriks hasn’t given up a run since mid-May which is amazing for both him and the team.
Now the White Sox have the biggest series of the season to date upon them. They have the Minnesota Twins on the road for four games when they are 5.0 behind them in the division. This is a chance for the team to gain some ground.
If the pitching performs as it did in the latter two games in Cleveland, they could win the series. It is fair to expect that of them because they have all proved that they can do it in the past. Now would be a great time to show it again and go into the All-Star break feeling good.