The Chicago White Sox earned a huge win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday night. They were excellent on defense and earned two runs to beat them by a final score of 2-1. Part of the good defense was the pitching staff which was amazing.
Michael Kopech was amazing for the Sox as he went 5.1 innings with no earned runs against. He struggled a little bit before the break but it wasn’t anything too crazy. He needed that All-Star break like he needed air and it seems to have helped him.
His ERA is now down to 3.16 which is really good at this point of the season. It was much lower before that little tough stretch before the break but he appears to be back. He was injured there for a minute too which might have hurt him. Now, he seems to have it going again.
Kopech wasn’t the only pitcher to play well in this game. Jimmy Lambert, Joe Kelly, Kendall Graveman, and Liam Hendriks all came in and did their job in order to preserve their win. Getting this level of pitching from the bullpen is a key to success ad they are getting it right now.
Hendriks gave up the one run on a solo shot. The altitude at Coors Field will do that to pitchers sometimes and the White Sox mostly overcame it well in the first game. Colorado’s pitching did too but the White Sox were just a bit better.
The Chicago White Sox are over .500 for the first time in a long time this season.
For offense, the White Sox took advantage of an error in the 4th inning to take a 1-0 lead. After that, they scored another one in the 7th inning thanks to some clutch base running by Adam Engel and clutch hitting by Yoan Moncada. it wasn’t much but it was just enough to win the ballgame.
Seeing Michael Kopech do his thing on the mound was extremely encouraging. Thanks to his great game, the White Sox are now over .500 for the first time since May 25th when they were 22-21. The next 18 games are against teams under .500 so this is their chance to get hot.
Following this big win (and a huge walk-off loss by the Minnesota Twins to the Milwaukee Brewers), they are now 3.0 games back of leading the American League Central Division. This is their chance to get in front and stay there. They have the Colorado Rockies once again on Wednesday afternoon.